We made the most rookie mistake, and I hope to impart some wisdom so that you don't get scammed... DANGER: The pretzels/bread they set out on the table are NOT free! $$$
As most of you know, Paris holds a special place in my heart, but after this trip, I've officially decided that Prague is my favorite city in Europe. Gothic architecture and cobbled medieval lanes wind you through a city that is unbelievably romantic. If you don't feel like holding hands and cuddling up to your worst enemy on an evening stroll along the Charles Bridge, you may not have a heart. Although Prague isn't really considered a "hidden gem", it is still one of the more affordable European cities, and in non-peak seasons, even Old Town can be delightfully devoid of the masses of tourists that flock here in the summer.
I may be biased because I was able to pull out my pea coat for the first time since moving to the UAE, but I couldn't imagine the city more stunning than it was in November. This whole photo stream is basically just an ode to Fall. What you can't see in the pictures is the perfect crisp weather, the smell of mulled wine wafting down to the street, the warmth of Bohemian bars we popped into to escape the chill at night.
Words you need to know:
Dobry Den ("Good Day") - You'll get this greeting a countless number of times from locals, and you should say it right back!
Prosim ("Thank You" and "You're Welcome") - Because you should always use your best manners when traveling abroad :)
Na zdravi ("Cheers" or "To Good Health") - For when you are toasting with your pint of ale. Prague is the birthplace of the pilsner, the modern-day style of light beer. You'll have a multitude of opportunities to try some of their world-famous brews.
Songs to put on your playlist: Anything by Mozart, as Prague was frequented by the composer later in his life. Mozart even said himself "Meine Prager verstehen mich" ("My Praguers understand me").