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Prague: 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, & How to Fit In Paperback – September 22, 2014
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This book contains 10 interviews with people who live in Prague. The author interviewed several foodies, several teachers, a guidebook author, a student, a music lover, a food blogger, and a golfer. Each of the people shared their favorite restaurants, best places to stay, best day trips, tips on how to fit in, best photo opportunities. Each interview starts with a short biography of the person being interviewed so you can get a feel for whether this person's preferences would be a good match for yours.
This book is 54 pages. I liked it and I would have liked it even more if it was 10 times longer!
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On Traveling Like a Local
Teacher. Music Writer. Czech Jazz Expert.
English Teacher. Walker. Mother of Three.
Beer Writer + Expert. Guidebook Author. Linguist.
Foodie. Hiker. Prague Manager at Eating Prague Tours.
Hotel Management Student. Beer Enthusiast. Wanderer.
Alena Habltova Traveler. Music-Lover. Hiker.
Alexandra P. Entrepreneur. Foodie. Father.
Remain Puddu Entrepreneur. Foodie. Walker.
Golfer. Indian Cuisine Expert. Avid Traveler.
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I just read this book from cover to cover, in preparation for my upcoming return trip to Prague. I wasn't before, but have to admit that I am now excited for my return trip to Prague!
This guide book is not too much, not to little, but just right. Each local is asked the same set of questions and allowed to answer according to his or her own preferences and experiences, which is nice. It helps provide structure to the reader, but gives a variety of options at the same time.
I personally got the most value out of the questions about where to go to eat and drink like a local. This is one thing I always struggle with when I travel. I love to identify with a culture over food and drink, but Prague is a big place. Having ten locals tell me exactly where they would go and what they would have is fantastic. Also, the addresses of each suggested place is really helpful. The addresses are confusing to me, though, so I looked them up beforehand. They look like this: Prujezdna 320/62 [street name + block number / building number].
I was surprised to learn that each local recommended taking time to visit the more notable monuments in town, only becuase that does still seem "touristy" to me but, as a local in the place I live, I know that some things may seem "touristy," but really aren't. No trip to where I live would be complete without a walk through the park along the lake, except that really is something I do regularly as a local, so it makes sense that someone from Prague would make a similar recommendation.
One thing that was interesting about the book was conflicting view points. There were a few instances where one local would make a suggestion to do something, i.e. a pub crawl, and another would caution against it, stating that those are only for tourists. There is plenty of information in the book for everyone to decide for themselves how best to spend their time in this beautiful city, though.
As an update, since I wrote this review, I did go visit and was able to put the local advice to use! Given that I was in a large group of ten, my preferences to travel like a local were not likely to be the final decision we made every time we needed to go somewhere or do something, but I was able to make a suggestion from the book one time that stuck! We went out the the museum bar that had 30 local beers on tab, a welcome choice from the place we had dinner (not from the book), that only had three beers to choose from total. The museum bar was a great time! We ordered three flights of ten between the ten of us, so that we could try each local beer, and sat out on the back deck, enjoying the beautiful evening.
Thanks to Gigi for putting this together. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Prague, local preferences or otherwise, as the practical tips and advice about where to go, what to do, and what to avoid will serve everyone well.