Petřín Tower, Prague

While my friend was visiting from London we went to Prague for a couple of nights. On the last evening we were there, we decided to check out the views of the city from Petřín Tower.


Petřín Lookout Tower (Petřínská rozhledna) was built in 1891 for the Prague Exhibition Jubilee. It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower, but it is only 63.5m high to the Eiffel’s 301m. However, because it is sitting atop the Petřín Hill’s 318m, the tower is actually higher than the Eiffel Tower.


We arrived to get the funicular to the top around 5pm. Unfortunately, this was too late to go into the tower. We decided to go to the top anyway to see the tower by night and catch any views of the city that we could along the way.


There was indeed a lovely view of Prague on the way up and being a fan of city lights at night, I was glad we went. I wished the ride was longer. When we got to the top, we strolled around the frozen garden. Kids from the area ran around in the dark getting in their last few minutes of outdoor fun for the day. We made our way over to the tower.


I was struck by its prettiness as we approached. The lights call you from a distance and exude an air of romance. I think it would be a perfect place for a date! I’ve never been to Paris, but I imagined the feeling of awe and romance to be ten fold standing at the feet of Eiffel Tower.


We went inside for a gander, but shortly after entry staff walked around ushering people out so that they could close up. I’ll definitely be going back so that I can climb the 299 stairs to the top and admire the beautiful city that is Prague, from above. Stay tuned for an update 🙂

~~~The Wandering Pier


Museum free days around Krakow

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Free admission on Monday


The crypt of the Church of St. Adalbert- Archaeology Museum Main Market Square 

Free admission on Monday:  10.00 – 16.00



Pharmacy “Under the Eagle”- History Museum 

The Pharmacy in the Krakow Ghetto – permanent exhibition 

Plac Bohaterów Getta 18

Tel: 12 656-56-25 

Free admission on Monday:  10.00 – 14.00



Schindler’s Factory – Museum of History 

Krakow – Nazi Occupation 1939-1945 – permanent exhibition 

ul. Linden

 Tel: 12 257-10-17 

Free admission on Monday:  10.00 – 14.00 (Closed on the first Monday of the month)



Rynek Underground- History Museum 

On the trail of Cracow’s European identity – tourist route 

Rynek Główny 1

Tel: 12 426-50-60

Free admission on Monday: 10.00 – 20.00



Old Synagogue – History Museum 

History and Culture of the Jews – the permanent exhibition

 ul. Wide 24 

Tel: 12 422-09-62 

Free admission on Monday: 10.00 – 14.00




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My Ice Skating Jumbie


Every year without fail, the winter season

rolls in and the notion of ice skating rears

it’s charming head. Without much persuasion,

I jump at the chance. Every. Time.

Almost immediately, visions of me gliding along on the ice come to mind. Hands clasped behind my back, I move as elegantly as a swan on a tranquil pond. Right foot, left foot, wheeeee! Where these visions come from, I don’t know. In fact, I’m sure at times I believe them to be memories.


The day of sweet reckoning arrives and I return to the icy trap, feeling excited and giddy with butterflies in my stomach. Time to shine.

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I would say around here is the point where reality then swiftly descends. The first issue I face is the skates. Even before I make it to the ice and take my first tentative steps onto the alluring slippery hell, my feet start aching. No matter what size or style of skate I try (apart from that one time at Somerset House in London. You guys rock!).


This time was no different. I got on the ice and almost immediately I feel my feet get enveloped and then crushed by Satan’s Kung Fu Grip. I persevere. After a couple rounds I decide to go change skates. Still no relief. Again, I join the mob at the skate rental booth to change my skates’ style. My irritation with the lack of queuing grows. I miss England. Why can’t the world queue?

ouch ouch ouch ouch
ouch ouch ouch ouch

Armed, err…  footed with new skates I challenge the ice to defeat me once more. It does. I make my way around a couple more times. No pleasure, no joy. Just concentration and wavering endurance. Satan’s grip loosens, I presume as he turns his attention to a new victim. He already knows my time is near.


Monika outlasted me :)
Monika outlasted me 🙂

I regret not making my way down the skating paths that branch off of the main rink. I’ve never been anywhere that was set up like that. However at the time, I feared if I went down that way I’d end up having to be airlifted out of Rathausplatz.

Rathaus and the observation tower


I’ll probably give it a go a couple more times back in the Czech Republic before the season is over. If not, I’m certain my jumbie and I will be back for more next year.

~~~The Wandering Pier