Prague in quarantine

prague in quarantine

For what are probably obvious reasons, I haven’t had much to write about for the past couple of weeks. We’ve been unable to travel anywhere with no official word on when that will change. For the time being, we’ve been enjoying the hell out Prague, which has been closed to foreign tourists during the quarantine period. It has been truly delightful to see Prague’s streets free of the clutter of tourists and tourist-aimed bullshit. Here is what the city looks like in quarantine, even during busy weekend days.

prague in quarantine

namesti republiky
Just a few stragglers on Namesti Republiky.
prague in quarantine
Day or night.

namesti republiky

powder tower prague
The Powder Tower now casts a shadow on an empty street.
old town prague in quarantine
The only people in Old Town are pushing strollers or walking their dogs.

prague in quarantine

charles bridge prague
Anyone who has ever visited Prague has never seen the intersection connecting Charles Bridge to Old Town like this in the middle of the day.

prague in quarantine

prague in quarantine
Even our local icons have their masks on.

prague in quarantine

old town prague in quarantine
Some Old Town restaurants stayed open for takeout, selling beer that was once $6 for $2.

old town prague

old town prague

old town prague
No tour groups or giant stuffed animals in sight.
old town square
At the top of the hour, the area in front of the astronomical clock usually has hundreds of eager spectators. Now, not so much.

prague in quarantine

prague in quarantine

wenceslas square
Wenceslas Square didn’t host Easter markets this year.

prague in quarantine

charles bridge
Charles Bridge hasn’t been so empty on a Saturday afternoon in years.

karlovo namesti

prague old town

prague in quarantine

prague in quarantine
Trdelnik is still for sale but without a line and at a fraction of the price.

prague in quarantine

prague in quarantine
Now there are always free benches in Old Town Square.
prague in quarantine
…where you can have a beer or a margarita in the best seat in the house.

I know many of us are dying to get back to our originally scheduled world travels. But I have to admit, if we couldn’t go anywhere for the next 12 months and Prague stayed just like this a little longer, I can’t say I would mind.

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