30 May 2010 – Prague On Two Wheels

May 30th, 2010 § 10 comments

30 May 2010 – Prague, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources:

  • Black tunic – thrifted
    Gray ruffle sleeve tank – Filene’s basement
    Scarf – H&M
    Skinnies – thrifted
    Flats – Palladium
    Sunglasses – Shop in Romania
    Bag – Old Etienne Aigner

Endnotes:

T. and I were fortunate enough to enjoy two glorious days in Prague on our way from Munich to Romania. Neither one of us had been there before and I’m confident in saying that this won’t have been our last trip to this amazing city. Sorry, Salzburg, I think I’ve found a new favorite.

I was feeling pretty inspired by how much fun we’d had on our ‘bike date’ in Munich, that I wanted to try the same in Prague. But given that we didn’t know the city, didn’t speak the language, and didn’t feel too comfortable navigating the town on bikes with maps in hand, we decided to do the next best thing to riding around on our own – book a guided city tour on bikes! I think all the social riding talk going on at Let’s Go Ride a Bike has had me looking for ways to ride with a group or with T. much more than usual. There is just something so enjoyable about grabbing bikes, a few friends, and spending the days outdoors. (You can read about my other LGRAB Summer Games participation posts here, while E.’s entry is to be found here.)

Prague Bike Tour, originally uploaded by academichic.

T. was more than enthusiastic about my suggestion and so we spent our first day in Prague exploring the city on two wheels with a knowledgeable guide. We booked our tour with City Bike. I would highly recommend them to others; our tour guide was well informed, patient (while we stopped and took many pictures), funny, and excited about sharing his city with us. The bikes were in good shape, the group size kept to no more than ten (we had seven in ours), and we were rewarded with a free local beer (or water) at the end of the ride.
We were also told that the average walking tour in Prague covers about a 2 km stretch throughout the old city, while the standard 2.5 hour bike tour covers 12 km of the city. We were able to see far more of the city this way, covering points of attraction further out and at further distances from each other than one would be able to do on foot. And as I already mentioned, our guide was more than gracious with allowing us plenty of photo stops along the route…


As for our outfits, I wore my stretchy skinnies because they’re great for bikes even without chain guards (they’re such a snug fit). I added a comfortable cotton tunic top and a loose scarf (more sun and tan-line protection around the neck line), my trusty flats, and sunglasses. My Etienne Aigner bag can easily be thrown over my back messenger-style, which was a wise choice seeing as how my bike didn’t have a basket. T. wore jeans, sunglasses, and this awesome ‘bike evolution’ shirt I found on Etsy a little while back.

Prague Bike Tour, originally uploaded by academichic.

After our two-plus hour bike tour, T. and I dismounted our bikes beaming from ear to ear. We had such a great time getting our bearings this way and were so glad that we had decided to splurge on a guided bike tour of the city.

Prague Bike Tour, originally uploaded by academichic.
Prague Bike Tour, originally uploaded by academichic.

Thanks, Trisha and Dottie, for really pushing me to think of creative ways to work social cycling into my day, I’m not sure that I would have considered this outing if it hadn’t been for my reading of the Summer Games on your site. And now I’m definitely on a roll…I’m thinking of working a bike tour of a Romanian city into our schedule here. Stay tuned and ride on! S.

30 May 2010 – Prague, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 10 Responses to 30 May 2010 – Prague On Two Wheels"

  1. V. says:

    This makes me miss Prague so much! I don’t bike anymore (after a very bad accident a year and a half ago) but this sounds like an awesome way to get acquainted with the city.

  2. Diana says:

    I love this post so much! It looks like you two had a lot of fun, and I love that you both stayed stylish while riding.

  3. A-C says:

    That scarf looks awesome, I hope it worked to keep your neck safe from the sun.

  4. Prague is one of my favorite cities as well! Such beautiful architecture, history and culture. You managed to look stylish while keeping practical for biking. Hope you are enjoying your holiday!

  5. Ariana says:

    Looks awesome! The two of you are so good looking!!!

  6. Audi says:

    I love Prague! If you go back, you should definitely do a day trip to Kutna Hora and check out the amazing ossuary there.

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