It’s difficult to know what to talk about today. The fact that 100 years ago today, Britain declared war on Germany; or the fact that in about six hours’ time from when I write this, I’m having a peripheral iridotomy and am ever so slightly nervous about it; or… no, I’ll talk about what I did last week, as that’s much nicer!
We went to Prague for a very long weekend (aka a research trip, as I’m planning to set a future romance novel here). It’s a beautiful city; the people are lovely and the food is excellent. I could bore you silly, here, as I have more than 400 photographs. But. Prague felt very ‘Central Europe’ and reminded us a lot of both Vienna and Paris. We loved the castle and the cathedral, and thoroughly enjoyed our river trip.
Prague is full of Art Deco buildings, and we really loved the Municipal House (it’s a concert hall and cafes).
And of course there’s the River Vltava flowing through it (just to prove that I *was* there…)
We had a wonderful view of the castle from the river bank.
And we walked over the famous (and crowded) Charles Bridge:
The oldest (still working) astronomical clock in the world is in the middle of the old town square:
Sadly the National Museum’s main building was closed for renovations:
But we visited the Cathedral of St Vitus:
And had amazing views from the castle:
And the old castle was gorgeous inside (they held jousting in this hall – how cool is that?)
We climbed 275 steps up to the top of the bell tower (yes, I’m hot and sweaty, but I climbed the lot in one go)
We also visited the Czech equivalent of the Eiffel Tower (that was a bit scary, because it swayed in the wind at the top!)One of my favourite bits of modern architecture was the Dancing House (which does indeed look like a dancing couple).
And we did get to the bit of the museum that was open – and I found a surgeon’s instrument case from World War One (I thought that was appropriate for a medical authors’ blog, particularly today).
We’d love to go back again in winter, because we think it would be really, really romantic then 🙂 And I’m all in favour of romance!
My latest romance, ‘Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride’, is set in a fictional European capital – though, like Prague, it has a castle and a cathedral and very pretty streets. Where would you love to see a romance set?