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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Malá Strana July 5th 2017

Mosaic House is a very nice hostel which is well worth the slightly higher than average costs for a 4 bed en-suite (a bargain at about €35pppn), it's very modern, has great bathrooms and has a good vibe to it. It's clearly been recently renovated and they have probably spent a fair bit of money doing so. They should have pushed the boat out just a little further and sprung for soft close doors! It sounded like a building site outside our room this morning thanks to the hallway door slamming off its hinges ever 30 seconds! Apparently our hungover roomies didn't mind as he were still soundos, so we showered and packed up quietly and popped down stairs for another decent brekkie. We also, finnaly, got around to booking an AirBnB place for Barcelona where ... read more
Tram at the Bottom of Petrin Hill
Entirely NON traditional Czech Treat
Nice Ferrari

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » New Town July 4th 2017

We awone reasonably well rested so we had no mystery room mate barge in during the night, so headed down to Mosaic's buffet breakfast. It was pretty decent and included bacon, sausages, scrambled and shakshuka eggs! Only down side was the tiny plates, but we filled our lots regardless. We browsed through the Prague section of my Lonely Planet guide book whilst we ate and made a plan for the day. We started by walking across the bridge to Petrin Hill, at the bottom there are some morbid statues of people in varying states of decomposition, he Statues are dedicated to everyone who has died or suffered in some way due to communism as part of Pragues past (I'm not too up to scratch on that history, so I took the signs word for it). We ... read more
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Mosaic Hostel and A Man with Umbrella
View from Charles Bridge to New Town

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 17th 2017

Up early and heading down to enjoy breakfast with dad and see him off. Today he travels back to Canada and Anthony and I begin our second leg of this epic trip (at least for us it's epic!) From Prague we will fly to Rome and pick up our rental car and then head to Siena, where we are looking forward to a rest and lovely dinner in time to enjoy a Tuscan Sunset. We have loved our time in Prague, definitely come back to this city and explore some more. Miroslav, our new friend and cab driver will be here at 9:30, excited to move on. We have arrived in Rome!! Anthony is in his glory as he can finally understand everyone, his "peeps"! He starts his renewal of his Italian by flirting with the ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 16th 2017

Today was a simple day to explore the alleyways and shops of Old Town Praha. We quite literally spent the day walking around in various circles and eating. Our initial plan had been to go to the castle, but I knew that was not something that Anthony really wanted to do, after all I'm the one that fantasizes about living in a castle. Since it's the beginning of the weekend, we watched as the city came alive, in the middle of the old town square, a HUGE stage was being set up, the amount of tourists had at least doubled. There were teams and school groups everywhere. Street performers were out in droves, and the number of beggars also seemed to double. The weather has been spectacular all week, the sun is shining and it's a ... read more
St Nicholas Church
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 15th 2017

Today was a little more relaxed, how could it not be?! We had a plan and we managed to execute without feeling like we were on a "mission". We made our way down to breakfast, it's included in the room price, but to be honest, you can only eat so many European hot dogs and half cooked pieces of bacon before wishing there was something else! Nevertheless we muddled through, coffee is always good and for me there are Mimosa's to start the day, and when I'm on vacation that's always a must have. We wanted to visit the "New" Jewish Cemetery, which is where we have plots for both my Grandfather's family and my Grandmother's family. Most of them are not actually here in Prague since they were killed in the Holocaust and never recovered, ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 14th 2017

Today was probably the most difficult for me emotionally, I love history and especially medieval history, so Prague is a perfect fit for me. But today we ventured into the past in a way that I haven't done. I know many people who have and I believe that because I know the stories, I can handle it. I'm strong, I'm rational (most of the time) and I know what I'm walking into, right? Not so much! we hired a driver, the same one who brought us to the hotel from the airport, he has become my dad's number 1 fan, just loves him and his stories. He takes us to Terazine, for those who don't know, Terazine was a work camp during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. ALL Czech Jews were processed through that camp, and ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 13th 2017

Well today we all felt a bit more rested and ready to face the day. The weather has been beautiful and promises to continue to be all week. This morning we headed out to begin our day on a walk through the old Jewish Quarter. Dad was once again the ultimate tour guide, as we made our way through the Old Town Square he talked to Anthony about living there and explained the massive statue even "googling" to make sure he had the dates right! We managed to take our own tour of the old synagogues and learned about their histories. We started in old church just of the square where my father and aunt were baptized in 1937 as my grandfather grew concerned about what he was seeing coming out of Germany. My grandparents made ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 12th 2017

Hello from Prague, We arrived 30 minutes early this morning thanks to the Jet stream, and managed to pull dad away from the lovely and intelligent woman he was sitting beside for 8 hours. We probably managed to to get 3-4 hours sleep which wasn't too bad. We found a cab easily, and made our way to the hotel. Along the way as dad bonded in Czech with the driver, he took a detour and we drove to the apartment building where my dad and his family lived when they returned to Prague from Shanghai in 1946. We all got out of the cab and took pictures, my dad was beaming, he was beyond happy to visit this place and tell us stories about their life and how he and his best friend Gustov got into ... read more
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Old Town Square
Astronomical Clock

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 9th 2017

We left Bitburg, Germany very early on Thursday and drove to Nürnberg, where we turned in our rental car and got on a bus to Praha. The bus ride took about 3 1/2 hours. We found Jennifer, who was in Prague as part of her Cold War history tour, and took her out for dinner. We stayed at the Hotel General, which was nice, but it was quite a walk from the old town, so we took a lot of Uber rides back and forth. On Friday, we saw the Pražsky Hrad castle complex, Strahove Monastery, Wenceslas square, Charles Bridge, old town, and the town square with the astronomical clock. We could have spent several more days there - Prague is a beautiful city with so much to see.... read more




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