It’s no secret that Prague is no secret.
During my stay in Prague, I joined throngs of holiday shoppers in Wenceslas Square and happily ate and drank my way through the bustling Old Town Christmas Market. I went with the flow of tourists across the Charles Bridge and up the hill to Prague Castle. I was having a wonderful time, but it seemed that I was always part of a crowd.
But I managed to find a side of Prague that was a bit quieter, at least at the time. These are some of the scenes I captured along the way.
Even near such a center of activity as Old Town Square there are side streets and alleys less-traveled by visitors.
High end stores like Prada and Cartier line the streets in Josefov (Jewish Quarter) between Old Town Square and the Vltava River.
I had lunch at a nearly empty restaurant across from the Prada store. Goulash was my meal of choice for the few days I was in Prague.
I loved this Art Nouveau building on Maisolova Street, where Restaurace u Stare Synogagy (The Restaurant at the Old Synagogue) is located.
Although there are many visitors to the synagogues and museums in the Jewish Quarter, it was rather quiet as I walked past the Old Jewish Cemetery and took this photo through the fence. The cemetery dates from the 15th century when Jews were not allowed to be buried outside of the ghetto. The last burial here was in 1787.
This view of the Rudolfinum, home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, is from Manesuv Most, the less crowded bridge north of the Charles Bridge.
A beautiful and quiet ending to a day in Prague.
This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website.