A slow start to the day - we had to do laundry first thing. After that, it was 11am and we dropped our clothes off at Miss Sophie's before heading out to the National Museum.
The building the museum is in is worth a visit of itself, with a high dome, statues, a fountain, and gilt interiors. In content, it reminded me of the Australian Museum back home in Sydney - mostly permanent collections such as rocks/gemstones (including a 3,000+ carat uncut diamond) and stuffed animals.
The non-permanent exhibition was about Prague/Czechoslovakia in the middle ages, and was aimed mostly at children. We still had fun with it though, and learned about a few old folktales, as well as a bit of history.
After a little under 2 hours at the museum, we had lunch at a traditional Czech restaurant nearby. We shared the 'farmers platter' (assorted cold cuts and 2 types of traditional sausage) and then both got a main and dessert. I ended up with the 'pork fried in lard, wrapped in a potato pancake' which was tasty but FAR too big to finish, and cottage cheese dumplings with strawberries and yoghurt. Delicious, but I felt like I was going to explode.
We caught the metro one stop and then climbed up to Prague Castle on the top of the hill - an amazing view! The next 2 hours were filled with seeing as much as possible before closing (the full ticket for the castle was 350 CZK).
We made it out with time to spare, having seen the ancient part of the castle, the cathedral of St Vitus, the Basilica of St George, the exhibition of the castle guards, the story of Prague, the toy museum (had to pay extra) and one of the galleries. The only thing we missed was an art gallery that we didn't end up wanting to see.
For dinner, we went to Pivovarsky (?), a restaurant and microbrewery a few blocks from Miss Sophie's. There, we both had rabbit (G's first time!) with garlic, spinach and dumplings, then I decided to have the traditional Bohemian honey cake (divine!). G had a sour cherry beer and I had 'beer champagne' (a cross between the two, quite nice really).
After that, we called it a night, as we hoped to do a tour the next day.