Day Five.

So after such a hectic previous day, we decided to take it a little easier- this was a slow paced day of getting to know Prague better.

Starting from Old Town Square, a little white train offers an hour tour all over the different quarters and area of Prague. It costs about £8, but I would reccomend it for families, or couples, who want to rest in comfortable seats and gain an understanding for where everything is.

It was a really pleasant way to spend the morning.

Afterwards, we popped into the St Tropez Patisserie and I picked up four petite fours. {Back left, chocolate cake & apricot layers.} {Back right, A paris brest.} {Front left, sponge with a coffee cream.} {Front right, lovely caramel, chocolatey, butter cream delight.}

They cost 30Czk each, so about £1 but were bigger & denser that one would imagine.

We go to a famous music and concert hall for cake & coffee, it’s very fancy.  It’s a special prize between 12 & 3pm, so it’s only £5 for a drink and a slice of cheesecake. You’re paying for the room, which is golden, chandalier bejewelled and very formal indeed.

Still peckish, we popped in Angelato, an ice cream parlour very easy to find- en route from Wencleas Square to Old Town Centre. It has a wide variety of flavours, including the one I opted for- Parmesan & fig. It was very rich, and very nice. At 35czk a scoop, it’s no pricier than anywhere else in Centre Prague, and was one of the better scoops I had during my trip. (Although let’s face it, there weren’t any not nice scoops to be had in Prague. Their ice cream was darn good.)

We revisited the gardens which lie on the way to the castle, where peacocks roam free. We even found one peacock on a branch in a tree above us. No idea how it got there. Seemed stuck, actually.

And we also wandered over the famous Charles bridge. A lovely must do when in Prague- it’s very touristy, but the atmosphere is fantastic nd very artsy. The whole length of the bridge is lined with artists doing portraits, jewellry makers and other, actually nice, handmade goods.

For dinner we found a nice little restaurant which was cheap. I know I’ve said that a lot, but it really was. It was full of locals, which is always a good sign for an authentic Czeck restaurant. Although all the savoury food was nice, what I really want to discuss is dessert. I had my first taste of honey cake here.

For those not down in the know, honey cake is a speciality in the Czech Republic. It is one of the most delicious cakey cakes you can have, and even those not keen on honey will adore it. Take my mother- she refused to order it because she dislikes honey, yet after tasting a bite of my portion, she regretted that decision.

The cake is very moreish, and very rich. It has a crumb dusting topping, and is made up of eight or so layers alternating in sponge, and creamy-ganache like textures. The flavour itself is like very little I have had before- it doesn’t taste of honey, but of golden syrup or treacle. With a dollop of whipped cream, or ice cream, it’s actually perfection. You’ll find it easily in Prague- most cafés, resturants, supermarkets- Tesco does excellent honey cake in their bakery cake section. Try it!

My mother had a very unusual dessert, which I can’t skip over without mention as it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was described in the menu as a puff biscuit, but was infact a cross between boudoir/lady finger/merangue/egg white crisp and was hard to cut into, but very light and nice also.

After dinner, we went up the astronomical tower in Old Town square as we’d been told the views were lovely. And so they were! It cost about £2.50 or so per person (students had discounts like usual) and you could either climb the stairs, or take elevators up.

I really do reccomend doing this, as it offers an excellent view of the city in all its glory. There is such vibrancy and life in the evening, and if you’re there at the right time, you’ll even run into the trumpeteer herald who blasts out music on the hour, every hour.

It was the perfect way to end the day.

Stay tuned for {A sadder} Day Six!
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