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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 25th 2013

Road Trip! This morning I met Jon and Lori Anderson at their hotel. We rented a car and ventured out into the wilds of the Czech Republic. The day was not without mishaps, but we had a fine time. Beautiful country, interesting sites and great company. As I mentioned, Lori is in Prague at the invitation of an International Nurses Association, making a presentation on topics I could never hope to understand. The Nurses put the Anderson's up at the Prague Hilton. Can I just say, that like international airports, every convention hotel in the world looks exactly the same. Big, clean, efficient and dare I say a bit "sterile." Give me a small European hotel on a back alley anytime (as long as it serves a proper English Breakfast). The day began with a discussion ... read more
Rural Czech Building
Another Rural Scene
Human Skulls In Bone Church

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 24th 2013

First a big congratulations to everyone. We won a Photo Contest for the blog entitled "Prague." I have no idea what the criteria was, but we won something, so congrats. I spent the day reading, writing the blog, getting a hair cut and continuing to explore the city. The big item on the agenda was, however, the famous Ghost Tour of Prague Castle (those of faint heart should probably stop reading now, lest the horrors disturb your sleep). We gathered in Old Town Square after dark and met our guide David. We then wandered the streets of Prague, crossed the bridge and climbed up to Prague Castle. David regaled us with true stories and legends about the city and the castle. Prague Castle is beautiful but it is quite creepy at night, and this creepiness ... read more
Clock Tower At Night
Approaching Castle From River
Roofs Of Prague From Castle Staircase

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 23rd 2013

I start today with good news. Grapes have returned to the markets of Europe. Much rejoicing ensued. It is hot out. Really hot out. Apparently it has not been this hot in Prague since 1977. I have been dividing my time between modest hostels and the occasional hotel. Luckily I chose to be in a hotel this week, with its much needed air conditioning. I am staying at the K+K Hotel Prague Old Town. Those of you who have followed my travels know I am a huge fan of the K+K Hotel Chain. The K+K Prague Old Town did not disappoint. Today I ventured into the heat to see the sites. I really did nothing but walk all day. I visited the narrow streets and wide plazas of Old Town, walked the riverfront and the islands ... read more
Prague Theater
Yellow Building
Gate To Old Town

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 23rd 2013

I would like to start today's blog with a big shout out to our friend Tayler McCann (is he a friend or has he logged enough time to be considered part of the family? ... well he is at least an honorary member of the Nikolai Family). Tayler joined the US Marine Corp and he leaves for basic training on Monday. God Speed Tayler! Semper Fi! Its another hot day in Prague, and I witnessed yet one more example of how we are all the same. A Japanese mother attempting to get a photo of her three rambunkcious (I believe I spelled that wrong) teens in front of the Charles Bridge. One does not need to speak Japanese to understand a mother telling her children to "stop fooling around!" As an aside ... and this really ... read more
Prague Opera House
Grim Statute Commemorating Don Giovanni

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Dejvice July 17th 2013

Now we are in Prague and we are leaving shortly to go to Austria. In Austria we are going to a swimming pool. My mum is going to teach my brother to swim. Yesterday I bought little glass anamals as souvenirs. My brother got a bottle opener. It connects to metal. See you later! Love Xcena xxx... read more


Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 16th 2013

This was the city that I couldn't see in my interrail trip 8 years ago. This time, I came here with my choir for a Music Festival and did a bit of sightseeing during 4 days. We were staying in a place near Chodov so it was kind of annoying to take the bus and then the metro in order to get to the center. It's a pity also that a lot of monuments were under repair... Anyway, I managed to see this beautiful old city corners. What impressed me the most was the Vltava. When I saw this huge river I deeply understood what a patriot like Smetana meant in his piece 'Die Moldau'. I think I have to come back in another time, when the river rages. Then, I was at a loss of ... read more
Dancing Building
Národní Divadlo

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 14th 2013

Today I rode from Berlin to Prague; it was a nice ride pretty scenic and all that. I hit reserve for the second time on this leg of my travels but in 29 days and 12 countries I only hit reserve twice so I will stick with those numbers. I had heard that gas was cheaper in CZ so I was waiting until I crossed the border to buy gas. Then after I crossed the border I remembered they don’t use the Euro and I had no cash for gas and I hate using my card because of the stupid international fees crap. So I rode along and tried to find a cash machine and nothing finally I was like whatever ill just suck it up and use my card and gas was like 39Kč and ... read more
The Lennon Wall
Eiffel Tower
Charles Bridge

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 11th 2013

Two days in Prague. Perfect weather. Highlights, early morning walk across iconic Charles’ Bridge, beautiful stained glass windows in St Vitus’ cathedral, views of the castle from all over, walk through lovely terraced Gardens Below The Castle, view of the city from the top of the Prague version of the Eiffel Tower, walking the cobbled streets of the old town, so may lovey buildings, cardboard tiny model of Prague in the City Museum. The downside, as expected, is the vast number of tourists, particularly so many tour groups who seem to feel they own the footpaths. Beautiful city, a good size to wander around. Great public transport, used lots of trams and underground and it wasn’t crowded.... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 3rd 2013

The city of floods is a pretty accurate summary of both Budapest and Prague. We were aware of the floods prior to going there but the extent to how bad it was didnt hit us until the train ride through lower Germany let us witness how bad it actually was. Our train was delayed in Germany due to rising waters but were given the all clear after lunch and we heading to Prague at a crawling rate. Many houses were underwater along the river and many roads all closed. Lucky the train tracks sat higher up along the river and we were able to make it into the city, many of the other routes were closed for example it was very hard to get to Vienna, Austria so sadly we couldnt make it there as planned. ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 30th 2013

For four of the past five summers (2009-2011, 2013) I have spent six weeks in Prague teaching study abroad courses. The city is incredibly well-preserved and an architect's dream. If you go, take a few days to do the touristy activities and then begin exploring and enjoying the off-the-beaten path sites. I would recommend spending some time just getting lost wondering around the historic streets on both sides of the Vltava River. The most popular sites in Prague include the castle area, the Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square where there is always a steady swarm of tourists in the summer. Walking into Old Town Square for the first time is great and I still enjoy it each time I return. I would recommend paying the fee to take in the views from the top of ... read more
Beautiful sunset on Vltava and Prague Castle
Me at Cesky Raj
Prague Castle

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