How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

horse carriage prague

How did I wind up in Prague on my birthday?

Well, since I couldn’t find a host in Berlin for the weekend, I figured that instead of lingering in the city, we might as well head over the border to Prague, which so many people rave about. As it turns out, our Berlin weekday host would have been happy to have us longer – but we didn’t know that until we got there and met him. Nonetheless, it was nice to sleep in a real bed for a few days, and to see a very different part of Europe.

Along the main drag, Wencelaus Square pulsed with street musicians playing folk tunes, bright, clean food stalls serving up wholesome (if overpriced) fare, and cops on every block. But a couple blocks away, Prague’s parks showed off the city’s shadier side. Junkies slouched on benches, shooting up in the open just metres away from families with kids.
Prague food stalls-  Wencelaus Square
The architecture, of course, is astonishing. The Old and New Town have survived the centuries and remain surprisingly well-preserved.

Prague pink pastel striped building - Old TownPrague architecture

The famous ‘dancing’ buildings – fortuitously, a tram happened to toddle along at just the right moment

Prague dancing buildings with red tram


The even more famous clock tower. So intricate, so ornate.

Astronomy Clock at Prague town square

We didn’t pay to enter the castle, but wandering around the grounds kept us occupied for awhile.

Prague castle grounds

Slightly out of the way: the Lennon wall.

Lennon Wall in Prague with buskersLennon Wall in Prague - girl with balloons

My favourite place of all? The Charles Bridge. There’s plenty of reasons to dawdle as you make your way across, from the countless talented caricature artists to the master puppeteer – whose puppet actually plays an instrument – to the live bands, especially when a rowdy group of European guys in tight breeches are hooting it up and dancing like madmen. (Stag do, I bet. There were SO many of those going on that weekend.)puppeteer charles bridge prague

A little part of me still wishes we’d taken up the offer of free accommodation in Prague. For some bizarre reason, the rate for the first night was 5 euros each (!!!) but 25 euros for the second. I didn’t really want to move to a different place for the second night, though, and figured it evened out to a decent rate overall. When we got there, though? They were running short on double rooms and offered us free bunks in a dorm instead. After a lot of back and forth, T convinced me to go with the private room, and while I would have chosen differently if I was alone, it was nice to have a little luxury on my birthday.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Do you have any limits, or will you splurge as you feel like it?

10 thoughts on “How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

  • Reply krantcents August 8, 2013 at 09:05

    As I get older, I do not celebrate my birthday, instead my wife and I do it together on a day between them. Our birthdays are exactly 50 weeks apart, so we celebrate on a day between them. Last year, we went away to the beach for the weekend.

    • Reply Marissa @ Finance Triggers August 13, 2013 at 14:44

      My friend does the same thing. She has two kids and their birthdays are just two weeks apart. She’s been doing it since the the second birthday of the younger kid.

  • Reply Michelle August 8, 2013 at 09:23

    Great pictures! For my birthday, I just like to have a nice dinner and spend time with friends and family.

  • Reply Budget and the Beach August 8, 2013 at 12:20

    Great pics! I love the dancing buildings! With the exception of my 40th birthday which was a blow out good time, I like mellow, intimate gatherings. It’s very common to have beach volleyball birthday parties in my circle, which makes it really affordable for everyone!

  • Reply Pauline August 8, 2013 at 12:28

    Happy birthday! What a perfect setting to spend it. I don’t like bdays very much, usually it is just a meal with family or BF.

  • Reply Morgaine August 9, 2013 at 02:24

    Happy birthday! I would love to visit Prague one day and your pictures sealed the deal, looks so beautiful 🙂

  • Reply Funny about Money August 10, 2013 at 07:32

    Happy birthday, kiddo! Long may you thrive. 🙂

  • Reply Michelle August 10, 2013 at 16:02

    Happy belated birthday. I am so glad that you had the opportunity to experience such an amazing place!

  • Reply Jennifer August 11, 2013 at 09:21

    Glad you had a great birthday, and good on T for making you choose a private room! I went to prague a few years ago for New Year – it was absolutely freeeeezing, but still so beautiful!

  • Reply Marissa @ Thirty Six Months August 13, 2013 at 15:09

    Happy Belated Birthday to you. So glad to know you had a good one!

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