I’m back in Prague for a few weeks, in the midst of what’s turning out to be a hectic first half of the year. I’ve just returned from a research trip in Poland and am busily scribbling out content for two upcoming guidebooks. Next month, I fly to the United States -- to Minnesota and Wisconsin -- for six weeks to collect information for another guidebook project. When I finally get back to Prague toward the end of May, I’ll immediately hoof it to Budapest to catch a Nat Geo Danube River cruise, this one to Amsterdam. And I still have lots of travel left to do (so far, I’ve only managed to scratch off one of those ’Ten Places to Visit in 2019’ that I was so jazzed about at the start of the year). I haven’t forgotten you, Skopje!
This week, I’ll take advantage of my stopover in Prague to write about my adopted hometown, which has gotten short shrift lately. Anyone who’s ever visited Prague is likely familiar with the historic center, the Old Town and Prague Castle. What lies outside the center (unless you’re a resident or expat), however, is probably something of a mystery. Prague’s outer districts are where most people live and where the city lets it collective hair down, away from the bright lights of international tourism fame. Eventually, I hope to write about several of Prague's cooler neighborhoods. This week, though, I’ll start with the district that I lived in for seven years and still know the best: Holešovice.