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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague December 13th 2016

Don’t skimp on the basics - like hiring a taxi in a strange new land where they don’t speak your language Unfamiliar with the language and transportation system, I silently ceded and agreed to pay the more expensive shuttle ticket rather than take the risk of hopping on a local bus with a non-English speaking driver. At least the shuttle would get us to the center. Once in the Center, we would get our bearings. In the end, I admitted we should have splurged for a taxi. The weather was a good 15 F higher than had been forecast. It was muggy and hot. We waited at the stop for ½ hour, me pacing back and forth, as I watched bus after bus come and go. I was able to WhatsApp my family during the wait, ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town December 1st 2016

The second day in Prague started off with an early walking tour of all the major sights in and around old town, and across the Vltava river at the Prague Castle. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well, so I decided not to go with them (3 1/2 hours of walking just sounded too much for me), but Steve still went, so he got lots of nice pictures. I have to tell you that it was really difficult to pick out just a few pictures for this blog from the over 200 that he took. Unfortunately, it was overcast, so they aren't the best pictures ever taken, but hey, we are only here for a few days, so we have to take what we get. I will try to fill in the names of the buildings on any ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague November 30th 2016

Well, despite the airline Lufthansa's strike, we made it to Prague. It was a long travel day and night, and half of the next day. Neither Steve nor I could sleep on the plane, save for a few minutes dozing here and there through the night. Once we arrived in the Prague airport, a guide from Viking (the cruise line) met us and arranged transport for a whole group of us to the Palace hotel, which is in the middle of the historic old part of town. The Palace hotel was built in 1909 in Viennese Art Nouveau Style, whatever that is, but is sure is fancy. Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic, and has around 1.2 million people. It has a long history, back to around the forth or fifth century BC. ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague September 30th 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205Szia (Hi) from Budapest!Busy day yesterday, checked out of hotel at 11:00am and then homeless for the next 12 hours, day ending in an 8-hour overnight train to Budapest (more on that later).Walked over to Petrin Hill after checking out and storing our luggage for later. It's a large beautiful city park 15 minutes from the hotel with rose gardens, the 650-year old Hunger Wall (built as a public works project to employ and feed the hungry), and a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower at the top of the hill. Climbed a couple of hundred stairs (who needs a Stairmaster?) to the observation deck at the top of the tower for some great vistas over Prague.Dropped off at the train station for our 11:58pm all-night train to Budapest. This was a big experiment ... read more
Petrin Tower
Yes, Sharon was there, too!
Sharon at the Hunger Wall with tower in background

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague September 29th 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205Woke up today and made a change of plans -- nice to be spontaneous while traveling!We'd originally planned an all-day excursion (three hours on the bus each way) to Český Krumlov, an historic city in southern Bohemia, but decided to keep exploring Prague and spare ourselves a long day of travel to see a grand castle.So, out just a couple of inexpensive pre-purchased bus tickets, we caught the tram up the hill above Prague to explore the historic and sprawling Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral -- the Czech Republic's largest church -- within the castle walls, and many other interesting castle sites.Before catching the tram, we made a brief visit to the Church of St. Nicholas, a Jesuit church whose belfry we climbed last evening. We took the tram to the top of the ridge ... read more
Church of St. Nicholas
Monastery library
Monastery library

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague September 28th 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205Dobrý večer (Good evening), all!Toured almost the entire historical part of Prague on foot today, including Old Town, a glimpse of New Town, the Jewish Quarter, and Little Quarter.Mike went out early to get a preview of the route to the Old Town Square and to try to get some early morning pictures before the crowds showed up.  With Sharon a little later, the walking tour took in the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock (quite a delight!), the Tyn Church, Wenceslas Square, the open-air Halveska Market, the Old-New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, and the church belfry at the Church of St. Nicholas, all 299 stairs up to the top and its dramatic views over the whole city.We ran out of time for the Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, so that'll be Friday ... read more
Looking west from Bridge Tower on Charles Bridge
Early AM look east, one of many bridal party shoot
Looking west through East Bridge Tower

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague September 27th 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205Landed in sunny Prague, Czech Republic in a sleep-deprived daze, barely noticed the countryside, villages, and cobblestone city streets whizzing by on our way from the airport to our hotel in Prague's Little Quarter, and flopped on the bed at the hotel for a quick, refreshing nap.Arose refreshed, showered, and headed out for a stroll to explore the neighborhood, Kampa Island, and the landmark Charles Bridge.Found a neat underground cafe near our hotel for a simple meal, including fall-off-the-bone roasted pig knuckle braised in dark beer. Yum!A city tour awaits tomorrow!Ahoj!... read more
View of Charles Bridge from Kampa Island
Big Baby
Bridge tower west end of Charles Bridge

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Malá Strana September 9th 2016

Getting out of Cesky Krumlov turned out to be much easier than coming into it for sure – plenty of bus connections to Prague... Possibly because it was the capital that we were going to and not some small town so you’d think it should be well connected with the rest of the country. Not only there were plenty of connections to choose from, but also the bus turned out to be one of the best buses we have travelled on so far. We got a complimentary coffee and on top of that each seat had its own private screen and a wide range of movies to choose from as well... Not that we would be able to watch anything... We most definitely could’ve tried but were pretty much sure our little munchkin would have other ... read more
Millie having fun with dad in Prague :)
Lots of old trams around in Prague
Having fun at the Charles Bridge

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » New Town September 7th 2016

Time for our family holiday.....and this time a trip to Prague was voted upon 🏰 ❤️ It was probably the lure of exciting trains that did it for Andrew, whilst myself and James were excited at the prospect of a new place that had a reputation for beautiful architecture and being cheap! We always hated the thought of holidays in August, most places too hot and crowded but having to work around school holidays left us little choice unfortunately. As usual we had the routine arguments of whether to fly directly or get the train. This time common sense prevailed and we opted to fly as otherwise we would have spent half of the week just getting there. The compromise was that we would get the train back and fit in another destination. James fancied Berlin ... read more
Grumpy Andrew!
Vytopna Restaurant
Prague Castle

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague September 2nd 2016

Prague was a beautiful European city. They have a famous astronomical clock and one of the most beautiful bridges I have ever seen. While there we did a walking tour and went for a beer tour/ pub crawl. From what we were told Prague is the beer capital of the world.... read more
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