Posted March 2, 2011 by BookingBuddy
Paris may be more hyped up, but Prague is the real city of romance. The Czech capital has more than its fair share of spectacular architecture - the majority are clustered within the historic centre, but those willing to venture further afield will be rewarded a more cosmopolitan view of the city. Sightseeing can take its toll on your feet, so sit down in one of Prague’s great cafes and enjoy a rich hot chocolate or glass of Czech wine.
Old Town – It may be full of other camera-wielding tourists, but to entirely skip the Old Town wouldbe unforgivable. Prague’s historical nexus is filled with a staggering variety of architectural wonders.Take a look at the Astronomical Clock, or Orloj. It built more than 600 years ago and features an array of animated figures that appear every hour. Visit the exhibition in the Old Town Bridge Tower to find out more about the significance of the famous Charles Bridge, and to enjoy the bird’s eyeview of the Old Town from the top of the tower.
Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa – The opulent surroundings might be a bit much for some, but if over-the-top Baroque style is your cup of tea, then a stay in the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa might just be the thing for you. This boutique hotel is housed in a magnificent mansion a few short steps away from Prague Castle. The interior courtyards here are full of old-world charm, and are just the spot for enjoying a quiet tea break. Room rates start from about £170.
Grand Cafe Orient – Cubism reigns supreme in the Grand Cafe Orient, designed by architect Josef Goscar (his bust greets customers as they enter the cafe.) The interior harks back to Cubism’s heyday in the early 20th century, with elegant Cubist-inspired furniture and fittings. The menu itself features a variety of Czech cafe favourites, interspersed with a few international offerings.
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(Photo: Vera Kratochvil)
Posted February 3, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and your significant other may be dropping not-so-subtle hints to make sure you don’t forget it (again). But what if you can’t stand the idea of shelling out for roses that will die in a couple of days, and can’t stand the sight of another saccharine card? Well, if you hurry, you may just be able to whisk your other half away to one of these romantic places in time for a Valentine’s break. Galesnjak, Croatia
– This little islet may not immediately spring to mind as an ideal spot for romance, but a bird’s eye view of it will clue you in on why it’s one of the most romantic spots on Earth. This drop of land is perfectly heart-shaped, and no one lives on it, so it may just be the perfect desert island getaway you and your lover are looking for.New York, USA
– The harried pace of life in The Big Apple may not seem conducive to romance, but look closely enough, and you’ll find it in every corner. Whether you’re splashing out for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or sharing a hotdog in the rain, you’ll be sure to have many moments to remember. Prague, Czech Republic
– The City of a Hundred Spires is an unashamedly romantic city, its endless cobbled streets and many bridges providing lovers with a beautiful backdrop to an unforgettable affair. Steal a kiss under an ancient spire, or wander through its centuries-old streets hand in hand just like countless other couples have done throughout the ages. Venice, Italy
– Venice and romance go together like, well, like a couple just meant for each other. A gondola ride while the sun sets may be too cheesy for words, but you can always hire a boat and explore the canals yourself. This way, you won’t have a noisy gondolier intruding on your romantic moments. Have dinner at a cosy little family-run restaurant by the water to cap off a wonderful day.
Posted September 22, 2009 by BookingBuddy
Want a romantic getaway but think Paris is too much of a cliché? Why not head over to Prague instead? Straddling both banks of the Vltava River, the ancient city has beautiful bridges, fairytale castles and commanding cathedrals galore. Artists have always been drawn to this picturesque city, and the wide range of well preserved historic buildings provide visitors with many photo opportunities. StayArcadia Residence
– This charming family-run hotel is only a stone’s throw from the busy tourist hub of the Old Town, yet still manages to maintain an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. All apartments are decorated in a warm, homely manner, with beautiful wooden furniture and walls painted in cheery colours. Guests are provided with a complimentary breakfast that is delivered straight to your room, saving you the hassle of rushing for the last slice of toast at a breakfast buffet. Rooms start from around £95. See
Zizkov Television Tower – Rising about the rest of the skyline, this unique tower looks like a prop from a science-fiction movie. Several ‘babies’ can be seen crawling up the outside of the tower – sculptures by the artist David Cerny that have proven surprisingly popular. The tower itself boasts an observation deck, perfect for panoramic views over the city. And if you’ve got a stomach for heights, then head to the restaurant for a mile-high meal. Eat
Restaurace Florian – You may want to loosen your belt before tucking into your meal at this restaurant. Meat lovers will rub their hands in glee while being served massive portions of traditional Czech cuisine. While there are some vegetarian offerings here, they are less than satisfactory. Order the grandly named ‘Medley Plate of the Lord Mayor’ for an introduction to hearty, meaty Czech food – smoked and roast meats, sausages, two kinds of dumplings, and some sauerkraut. Room left for dessert? Perhaps some fruit-filled dumplings will help satisfy your sweet tooth.
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