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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague March 14th 2014

Well, I'm not going out at night and going crazy here. I'm too old and too tired! :) This morning I was so looking forward to my trip to Kutna Hora - it is about an hour bus ride southeast of Prague and contains a huge cathedral and a "Bone Church". The multiple guides I looked at said it was a daily trip at 10am and to look for the green umbrella. I saw the closest thing that looked like a green umbrella at 9:40 and approached her - she said "Oh, we don't do that trip today. Come back tomorrow at 11." What the.... ? I was mad, but didn't know what to do because i had my day planned with that in mind. I wandered around the Old Town Square, ignoring the many many ... read more
St Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle
canal

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague March 13th 2014

"Americans are all fat!" This was the answer Jana Dolezalova, an exchange student, gave to our 12-grade economics teacher when he asked what her first impression of America was. She didn't make a lot of friends that day... And my first impression of Czech, well, it really has nothing to do with the girth of its citizens. However, I'm seeing a lot of pot-bellies when I expected to see leggy models. Hmmm.... At least I know why: Beer. Nowadays, since I don't drink much anymore after living in the Middle East for almost two years, one beer and I'm done. But I've heard incredible things about the various Bohemian beers and judging by the number of pubs, I have my choice. So, I need to make these beers worth it. I won't go into the details ... read more
Tyn Cathedral
Honey Lager
Hotel Friday room

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town March 8th 2014

Out of all the places were going this was the bucket list. We both had a feeling about Prague. And we were right! However, we may have loved Prague but I don't think Prague loved us though as we left in a worse state than we arrived! Our first day we of course arrived on the sleeper train from Krakow in Poland. The novel there was that we had arranged through our hotel to have a driver pick us up at the station, knowing we'd be tired and unsure in yet another new city. It was kind of awesome seeing our name on a piece of paper and having this nice man take my bag for me and lead us to a luxury car outside the station. Not like our normal confusion when we arrive in ... read more
Outside St Vitus Cathedral
The Charles Bridge and Castle
Old Town

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 23rd 2014

Hello friends and family! I wish you were all here to see what Jess and I have been seeing. Prague is without a doubt our favorite place we've been to so far. There is a magic in the air here. Our first day of exploring, we walked from our apartment to Wenceslas Square, an historic and breathtaking section of Prague 1 district. We were immediately taken by the architecture. While walking among it, it's not difficult to imagine the streets and buildings in their time. The attention to detail on every building you see is staggering. The buildings are like individual pieces of art and Prague is the gallery. Imagine living inside of a museum! It truly is a fairy tale brought to life. One of the first things we saw in Prague were these two ... read more
Old Town Square
Our apartment
The loft

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 20th 2014

Even as we were dragging our overpacked bags to each connecting tram and train, all of which taking us farther from our beloved home far away from home, I couldn't help but feel a bittersweet sting of equal parts excitement and nervousness as we continued on our journey. I really can't say enough good things about the city. It is very safe, the people are polite and trusted, it's easy to get around, and the people seem genuinely cared for in case something happens. Sure the people pay for it in taxes, but the government has setup programs to help each citizen deal with life's many tribulations, from the unforeseeable misfortunes to the inevitable end. You don't see poverty like you do in some of America's larger cities and nobody appears to be jobless and looking ... read more
Flee market!
Flee market pup!
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town January 16th 2014

We were on one of those picturesque tram going back to the old town. There is something special about Prague. It is always full of tourists, but no matter how full the streets are, I feel alone in the world. Prague makes you wonder. I have to admit, I was the weird kid who dreamed of castle, dragons, cavaliers and Robin hood while every other kids were dreaming of being a member of Nsync or a football star. I always wondered how was life back then. I am not going to make a lot of friends back home (I probably already pissed you all off all with my Nsync comments), but I kind of like Queens and Kings. I understand all the good arguments against royalty, mostly the economic ones, but I think it is charming, ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 4th 2014

Today started with another excellent buffet breakfast. The day, like the previous ones, was not particularly cold. We headed out to find Tram 22 for the trip to Prague Castle. The journey was very easy. We brought tram tickets from the hotel reception desk. The reception staff explained where to catch the tram and where to get off. From then we simply followed the crowd to the castle. We arrived shortly after 11.00. After getting our tickets we decided to get into position to watch the full Changing of the Guard at midday. I am glad we saw it, even though it was nowhere near as impressive as the one at Buckingham Palace! We spent the next couple of hours generally wandering around the Castle area before finally ending up at the Lobkowicz Palace for lunch. ... read more
St Vitus Cathedral
Views from the Castle
Golden Lane

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town January 3rd 2014

Today woke up very early, around 4.30am, which is typical for me for the first few days of a European holiday. My husband, Gary, also woke earlier than usual, so we headed out before breakfast for a walk over the Charles Bridge. It was so much nicer without the massive crowds of the day before! We walked slowly over tro the other side, and then slowly back again. There was a very large crowd of people on the way back with cameras at the ready waiting to see the sunrise, which was due at around 8:15am. We were too hungry to wait at that point and returned to the Leonardo for a wonderful buffet breakfast. After breakfast we headed back to see Old Town Square in full daylight. We spent an hour or so wandering around ... read more
Old Town Square
View from Clock Tower
View from Clock Tower

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town January 2nd 2014

My husband and I, together with our 19 year old son and 18 year old nephew left Melbourne on New Year's Day on a night flight at around 10.00pm. We were flying to Prague for the start of our three week trip. We boarded our Emirates A380 and found we had been given new seats, all four of us had * seats with extra leg room. It was an excellent flight, very comfortable, heaps of leg room and as usual on Emirates, the food was great. A couple of hours stopover in Dubai and then it was off to Prague, where we landed just after 1:00pm on Thursday 2nd January. The weather was cool, but certainly not cold, and the day was slightly cloudy. We were met at the airport by a car from our hotel, ... read more
Old Town Square
View from Terrace at U Prince Hotel

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

After a lazy start this morning (well, it is Christmas Day!) we headed out for another day of exploring Prague. As we walked into Old Town Square the church bells were ringing again. I just love the sound of church bells ringing so I nudged Bernie into action with the Sony camera to record some of the activity in the square to the accompaniment of the church bells. After standing around in the square for a while, just absorbing the atmosphere, we walked over the river to visit Prague Castle. We've been in town since Saturday, but we are only just getting around to visiting Prague's premier tourist attraction. It has been a case of juggling our sightseeing schedule with the Christmas timetables of the various places that we have wanted to visit. According to some ... read more
Tyn in the distance
Saint Vitus's Back
Saint Vitus's Gate Ornaments




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