Only a couple of weeks ago, I was standing on the Charles Bridge in Prague ago, gazing at this beautiful golden city. From the beginning, I knew that Prague was definitely one of the places I wanted to visit on my 12 Countries in 12 Months tour.
Twelve years ago, I took a trip to Prague with one of my best friends from the US. Since then, Prague has changed quite a lot, and these days Prague is a glorious mix of Old World charm
and modern trends.
Visiting the big Christmas market was something I really looked forward to in this trip to Prague.
Many stands were baking and selling "Trdelnik," pastry dough wrapped around turning metal rods that were baked over an open fire and then dipped while hot into cinnamon sugar.
Other stands sold nougat and marzipan candies,
and I saw more Czech style sausages than I could count.
These warm, homemade cheese and herb filled pastries were wonderful too.
Some of the holiday traditions are very similar to those in Germany. For example, the florist stands were full of advent wreaths for sale.
But the mod Eastern European style came through in other areas, like in this subway station design.
A highlight of my trip was meeting Suzana and her sister Sanda, who run a lovely shop in Prague selling handmade knitted items. I'm now a proud owner of one of Suzana's unique necklaces (and a scarf is on the way!) I'll be posting their interview soon, and in the meantime you can visit their online shop Suzann61.
The beautiful stained glass windows at the castle cathedral were simply breathtaking. The afternoon sun gave this huge window a gorgeous glow.
You can see even more photos and read about my trip to Prague on Poppytalk today! All this week, I will be sharing my Christmas market visits on Poppytalk (new posts on markets in Portugal and Munich are coming up), so I hope you'll drop by. To have a look, just click here.
Hope you are enjoying some holiday spirit where you are today! I'm about to go do a bit of last minute shopping and have one last look at the delightful Munich Christmas markets today ;)