Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere
If the route of Rio that we proposed in the previous chapter left aside the cold and snow, this time The proposal is much more traditional.
And is that when we can do nothing so that the sun continues to give us warmth and color, we begin to feel close to Christmas and count the days to arrive. And that is when everything starts to remind us of her ... the cold, the coats, the scarves, the smell that leaves the rain or the roasted chestnuts, the one that leaves the chocolate with churros, the chimney and an endless feelings for the one who waits impatiently.
Why do we like Christmas so much? First and foremost, we love being with the family. We enjoy them a lot, bringing together all we can each year and setting up a big party and where, even if it sounds like a topic, the carols occupy a prominent place.
It is the moment of illusions, of the lights decorating your city, of the windows full of trees and births, of the promises in a New Year, of the Letter you write to the Kings, of the Cavalcade… It is the time of the year in that surprises and the most thoughtful gifts take place, that although they are simple details, we know that at Christmas anyone will be a success.
And as, It's time for our New Year's Eve getaway When search engines come into play and turn the first trip of the year into the possibility of knowing places with a lot of charm and having an unbeatable start to the year. Our proposal today? One of the most beautiful… !! Prague !!
Markets, Bohemian crystals and ...! Christmas!
Located on the banks of the Vltava River, its beauty and historical heritage make it one of the twenty most visited cities in the world. Its charm, undoubtedly, lies in its narrow streets that breathe the most medieval traditions and most incredible stories with the Vltava River as a backdrop, all linked to its atmosphere and Christmas decoration, which makes Prague shine even more magically .
The one considered by many (and by us too) as one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Europe it is transformed even more from the first Sunday of Advent and numerous Christmas markets accompany the main attractions of the capital at different points, from which you can learn more in our 2012 getaway to Prague
- STARE MESTO: Old Town Square, Town Hall, Clock Tower, Astronomical Clock, Clementinum, Powder Tower, Church of Our Lady of Tyn, St. Nicholas, Bethlehem Chapel
- BAD STRANA: Small town square, St. Nicholas Church, Our Lady Victoria, Vrtba Garden, Kampa Island, Petrin Mountain, John Lenon Wall, Vojan Park
- HRADCANY: Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Loreto, Strahov Monastery, Sternberg Palace
- JOSEFOV: 6 Jewish Synagogues, Old Jewish Cemetery, Jewish Quarter City Hall, Monastery of Santa Inés
- NINE MONTH: Wenceslas Square, National Museum, Opera, National Theater, Mucha Museum, Hotel Europa, The Dancing House
Although it is possible that the Astronomical Clock and the Charles Bridge They are the most important icons and that nobody should get lost in a visit of several days.
Prague is much more. A sunrise from the Castle? The San Vito Cathedral? The mysterious Jewish Quarter? An exquisite black beer in one of its most important taverns?
If we talk about souvenirs and crafts, nobody doubts that Bohemian crystals, wooden toys and Czech garnet They are the masterpieces of the shops of the historic center, but what did you know that at this time of year you can also find handmade and decorated backstands or wooden or corn paper garlands?
All this, historical places and shops, wrap a magical place, the true heart and motor of the city, its Old Town Square.
The alleys give way to a street full of restaurants, the Astronomical Clock, a large manger and a gigantic Christmas tree, as well as a multitude of Christmas stands (something we love). And at that moment you wonder ... Why not enjoy a New Year's Eve mimetized with the atmosphere of the city?
A New Year's Eve in Prague?
Christmas decoration and atmosphere intermingle in the main square at this time of night. There are barely two or three left for the huge clock behind us to mark the New Year.
Hundreds offood stands, music in the streets, concerts in their churches and an unparalleled ambience are the stage that awaits us. Sausages, hot dogs, pizzas, roasted lamb or lamb, assorted skewers, braided buns, vanilla biscuits, decorated gingerbreads or nut crackers are combined with mead glasses or a good glass of hot wine to overcome the cold of the night .
After our particular dinner based on skewers and with the performances in full swing comes the best, the countdown arrives and with it the reception of the New Year
But what about the grapes? For two Spaniards lost around the world every New Year's Eve, there is always a small boat to put in the suitcase because champange is not missing wherever we are.
The rest must be told? Fireworks, which look beautiful from the Charles Bridge, and party until the wee hours They welcome a year that can not start better, as in many other capitals and cities of the world, each with its traditions
It is possible that destinations like Prague are the ones that excite us most at this time of the year much more traditional but, and you? Do you like that the markets and Christmas decoration flood the streets or do you prefer more exotic destinations? Do not miss the next proposals ...
Isaac and Paula