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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 27th 2005

July 27: Prague, Czech Republic at Ariva Guesthouse Now we're in Prague in the very basement of this cave looking arcade place using the internet. We've been here for 5 days now and have not done a whole lot and have been enjoying sleeping in. The place we're staying at looked amazing on the internet but of course we got there and it was this musty smelling apartment and the hostel owner that it was all great because he decorated the room by painting the doors orange! But it works anyways and is a place to stay, plus we have our own room so that is nice. We also have a balcony but whenever we are on it you always have to keep one foot on steady ground because ya just don't know how sturdy ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 24th 2005

I returned to consumate tourist form today, and hit Prague Castle after a nice breakfast at the hotel. Top Hotel Praha, where I'm staying, actually runs two places. The Top Hotel proper, which is a four star joint, and then the Garni wing, which is basically a high-end hostel. We get use of most of the Top Hotel's facilities (albeit for a price), and get their breakfast free. Hence, most of us gorged ourselves on a fairly decent buffet breakfast. Prague Castle, aside from not really looking like a castle, is huge.I was there for close to four hours, and I didn't really get to everything. Like the town, there's a potpurri of different architectural styles, often right next to each other. Apparently, the people here get tired of the same look after a while, so ... read more
St. Vitus' Cathedral
Colourful Masterpieces

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 23rd 2005

Today was a travel date, and the 8am bus departure was extremely unpleasant given the night I'd just had. Did pass out for a bit, so I wasn't a complete wreck. We were stuck in traffic jam for an hour, so our stop in Dresden was a ten minute scramble. There was a long break after the Czech border however, and an unexpected one at that. Busabout apparently makes a "bonus" stop for a tour of Terezin. I had calculated my last bank withdrawl so that I'd basically run out of euros by today, and rather unfortunately, I was right on the mark. Hence, I had to borrow money for the tour of Terezin. The tour itself was rather ill-timed. Our scramble to make up time lost to the traffic jam had left us with no ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 18th 2005

Ok, so Prague wasn’t all that bad. When I was there though it was crowded. But the crowds were all congregated in one area, Old Town Square, which contained all the main sights. Also Charles Bridge and the Castle were crowded. However, it was very easy to get away. All we had to do was wander away from the tourist sights and we were pretty much on our own and able to discover little local bars and restaurants. The main trouble I found in Prague though were the roving bands of dudes. After that first night I found out that these were actually British stag parties. There are cheap package deals offered for “Prague Piss-ups”. So these lads come over in packs of up to 20 and drink themselves into a stupor and act loud and ... read more
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 15th 2005

I had wanted to go to Prague ever since I became aware of its existence. Before the Iron Curtain fell Prague was just a name to me. However, after the break up of the communist block reports began to get back to me that suggested at a magical city. They told of medieval buildings that harkened back to a dark and mysterious past. They told of the hypnotizing stillness of Charles Bridge just after sunset. They told of quaint indoor bars with wooden interiors serving top quality beer priced as if it were water. And then there was this rumor of this enchanted green spirit called Absinthe that had inspired the poets and artisans of the 19th Century. And now I was finally getting to go. The reality was a little different... My two friends and ... read more
Old Prague Square
Prague at Night
Town Square


Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 9th 2005

อยากมามานานแล้ว ในที่สุดก้อมาถึง ตัดสินใจไปเที่ยวก่อนกลับบ้าน ไปขอวีซ่ากะเพื่อนที่เรียนด้วยกันที่มหาลัยชาวตุรกี แต่มันดันขอวีซ่าไม่ผ่านโปแลนด์ (แพลนไว้ว่าจะไปด้วยกัน) ก้อเลยจองทุกอย่างเหมือนกันหมด แต่เราได้คนเดียว ก็เลยคิดว่าเอาเว้ย ไหนๆก้อมีวีซ่าแล้ว ไม่แคนเซิลดีกว่า เราก้อเลยตัดสินใจไป ตอนที่ไปปรากก็สวยมาก... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 8th 2005

We left Friday nite (trying to get to heathrow was in itself a nightmare coz half the tubes werent running due to the london bombings) but after an hour and half finally made it and met up with the rest of the gang . Anyway checked in our luggage and went off to find a coffee shop.. flight was slightly delayed and we were flying to Frankfurt and then on to Prague... Unbeknown to us our ticket was in German time (an hour ahead) which meant when we arrived in Frankfurt our connecting flight was leaving in 10min - boy did we run through the airport (all our dreams of eating frankfurters went out the window). Managed to catch the flight and arrived in Prague at midnight. Once in Prague we realise that some of our ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 5th 2005

So my next stop was Prague which, it turns out, is the very place where Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen. I would have to agree with the rumour that Prague is a magnificent city, although there was an unbelievable number of tourists, particularly loud drunken British men who seem to travel in packs of 15-20. I managed to lose my passport in a car after I was generously offered a ride to my hostel from the train station. Fortunately, it was returned to me by Laura, who I had exchanged e-mail addresses with on the train. Thanks again Laura! I thought I was going to be stuck in the Czech Republic for a long while. I stayed in a hostel on a river island in the city centre, which is a ... read more
Laura with my passport
Renos on Prague Castle
Changing of the guard

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 26th 2005

WARNING: Longest blog ever. If you make it the end, there´s a reward. If you don´t, I don´t blame you. Hey all, So, I realize it´s been a long, long time since our last blog...many apologies. Except probably no one cares, but I´ll pretend that we have an avid readership. I think Liz left off on our first day in Krakow, but in her half-awake state, she forgot to mention that on our very first tram ride in Poland -- from the train station to the hostel -- we had an unpleasant encounter with the tram police. We each had a transit ticket, and had validated them and we were keeping an eye out for our stop when the ticket inspector gets on. We handed him the tickets and after a few seconds he started sort ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 26th 2005

The Jewish cemetery is an absolute jumble of tombstones. Just to look at it you might think, "How can they be buried so close together?" What I have read is that in centuries past a plot of land was given to the Jews living in the Jewish Quarter to be used as a cemetery. Of course as time passed, a century or two, that cemetery became full. When that happened in Prague, the city fathers refused to allow the cemetery to be expanded. So what could the people do? As people died they were buried on top of others. Soil was brought in and the ground slowly rose to new levels. The tombstones were not buried, but lifted and placed beside the new stone. Thus, the jumble that is seen now. In a way it ... read more
The Jewish Cemetery
The Jewish Cemetery.
The Jewish Cemetery.

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