Robin P. Waldrop shares five places you must visit while in Prague through the eyes of Gen, the heroine of Robin’s latest novel, Shadow of the Blood Moon.
One of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited is Prague in the Czech Republic. The city is absolutely gorgeous with a magnificent city center and ornate bridges and buildings. One would never know that this stunning city has a dark secret – a violent and sinister past that still haunts it to this day.
They say that Prague is the most haunted city in central Europe, maybe even the most haunted city in the world. The city even offers walking ghost tours through the Old Town for tourists to learn a little bit about the haunting spirits.
Locals will tell tourists it’s ghosts haunting their fair city, but they know this to be a lie. I’m not saying Prague isn’t haunted per se, because it is. But, it’s not ghosts that plague this beautiful, old place. It’s vampires. In centuries past, the villagers did think there were ghosts, but I know differently. One assumes that because an object moves and they didn’t see anyone move it, or hear a noise and yet no one is there, or maybe even feel something touch their skin, they automatically perceive it to have been a ghost. I cannot speak for everywhere, but that certainly is not the case in Prague. They may be haunted, but it is vampires doing the haunting.
I had never been to Prague before going for my first time with William. Let me say, I was nervous, excited, and horrified all at the same time. What I did find out soon after arriving, there are many aspects of Prague and outlying areas humans are aware of, but refuse to believe exists. I’m going to tell you about a few places I have visited. If you’re not afraid of the underworld, then by all means, visit them. However, if you are … stay away. Far away.
Every single culture that lived in Prague influenced it: Celts, Romans, Polish, Jewish, Germans, Russians, and also, or maybe I should say most importantly, werewolves and vampires. Even now, if you want to be amidst vampires, go to an all night club such as, Chapeau Rouge Bar & Club. Yes, that’s right “Reds”. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but the place is crawling with vamps. And if you’re lucky, you might just meet a few unsuspecting werewolves.
Many people don’t know this, but underneath the heart of Prague are expansive tunnels leading all over the city. A great many of them originate at Wenceslas Square. To see the square as a tourist, you’ll see hordes of people going every which-way. What you need to be aware of are the doors you watch a select number of people enter, but never see them come back out. Those are access points. The tunnels exist specifically for vampires to travel openly. If you’re human, I would not go through any door that you can’t see what is on the other side, unless of course you have a death wish.
Another place William took me was Sedlec Ossuary Chapel, one of the Czech Republic’s creepiest tourist attractions. This Roman Catholic Chapel is located in Sedlec, near Kutna Hora on the outskirts of Prague, and is said to be decorated almost entirely with human bones. Of particular interest may be the chandelier made of skulls, long bones, and shoulder blades of the deceased. However, William told me of a much different tale. One of horror.
He said the truth is, all of the bones are from werewolves or shape-shifters. An extremely evil vampire tried to single-handedly rid Europe of its werewolf population. Someone who, to this day, despises all werewolves for the actions of one. My heart broke as I thought about all the innocent blood shed.
The next place we went to was the vineyard of the Seers called Bezpečné Utočiště, which means Safe Haven. A beautiful, yet almost ancient winery where I stayed along with Luna, Joseph, Guinevere, James, and Joshua. It sits back of the main road, so before it comes into view you must first travel through endless rows of grape vines. I remember thinking of how the purple grapes sparkled from the dew and how that reminded me of amethysts, my mom’s birthstone.
One other place you must visit is Borsec. A beautiful little town high up in the Carpathian Mountains. Only accessible by train, I wished our trip there had been under better circumstances. I will go back and visit whenever I can, because my mom is buried there.
About Shadow of the Blood Moon (Blood Moon #2)
Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?
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Genre: Young adult, paranormal, urban fantasy
About the Author
Robin P. Waldrop hails from Miami, but lives in Alabama with best friend, business partner, and husband John. She is a mother of five, grandmother of five, and owner of a variety of different animals.
When she’s not working at her business with her husband she’s found at her computer where she breathes life into all the wonderful characters that are born from her vivid imagination.
She is an award winning author who enjoys writing edgy YA paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and FBI suspense/thriller novels and short stories. Always a voracious reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Robin still searches for the perfect cup of coffee.