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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town March 2nd 2017

Prague... Prague is a city that sort of seems as if it came from nowhere- all of a sudden everyone started talking about Prague and everyone was going there. It is somewhere I have wanted t visit for years... since I was 15 to be precise, so that is a long old 18 years to wait! We married 6 months ago and wanted somewhere we could pop to for a short weekend break to celebrate a whole half a year of not killing each other, and Prague suited in terms of flights and being able to fit it all in. Over the years I had began to feel a little apprehensive about visiting Prague due to its popularity and a stag and hen party destination, and I had also heard it was a little sleazy and ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town January 23rd 2017

Can we believe I've already been in the UK for 6 months!? Because I sure can't! It's gone extremely quick, which both saddens yet excites me. There's still so much left to do on this side of the world, so much to see that I fear I'll run out of time because of how quick it's going. And on the other hand, I've been lucky to do and experience so much in such a short amount of time. Which brings me to Prague - another bucket list city ticked off the list. One city I was a little sad wasn't included on my Contiki tour and one I've heard so many say good things of. So when the opportunity for cheap flights came up (thank you Ryanair!), I jumped at the chance to go for my ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 17th 2017

Praga; la ciudad tan hermosa que se salvó por Hitler ... o eso dice la historia. Praga es un ser vivo y enigma para respirar; viejo y sucio pero de alguna manera inimaginablemente agraciado. El hogar de algunas de las arquitecturas mejor guardado en toda Europa, el encanto de Praga ha vivido a través de guerras de agresión, de ahí que queda para atraer a hordas de turistas año tras año. Aunque esta fue mi tercera visita a Praga, que estaba tan atraído por ella como yo era la primera vez. Después de haber visitado la única ciudad en solitario en mis dos visitas anteriores, tenía ganas de mostrar a alguien más la ciudad y verlo en una nueva luz. Así es como yo pasé mis 3 días en Praga con mi madre, quien estaba de ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 1st 2017

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205We started the new year a lot earlier than the rest of Prague – the streets were deserted and the contrast to last night's crowds was phenomenal!We caught a tram up to the Castle for 10 am Mass. What we hadn't realised was that it was high mass and would go for over 2 hours!! After an hour of the Liturgy of the Word (all in Czech apart from one prayer of the faithful in English and one in French) in a freezing cold Church we decided that we were done.We headed outside for a restorative warm bite to eat – which was nice but also very expensive! We were what our tour guide called being “Ham scammed”. That is that the price shown on the board was per 100g and each serve was ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague December 31st 2016

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205A bitterly cold day in Prague, making it hard to get going this morning.We started off with a walk across Charles Bridge which was fresh but very pretty. Then we went to the main square and the Astronomical clock. The square was packed with Christmas markets and people. A special highlight was trying the funnel cakes, which are traditional, and are pretty much donut mixture cooked in a funnel shape and rolled in sugar!Our tour started at the base of the Astronomical Clock but didn't see it chime – our guide did do a pretty good impression of what the guides in Munich call “the number 1 most overrated tourist attraction in the world”! We then walked past many beautiful old buildings, including a concert hall where Mozart played. By, this point we were ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town December 22nd 2016

We drove our car 3,300 km from Minsk, Belarus where we are teaching to see the cities, Christmas markets and quiet snow covered countryside of Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and eastern Germany. The majority of our 3 week tour was spent in friendly Czech Republic. We have long anticipated our eventual trip to Prague and the Czech Republic. It did not disappoint. We found beautiful Christmas markets, delicious beer, comforting food, and interesting architecture. It was cold, but we made the best of it. We recorded many 10,000 plus step days on our Fitbits. We had a fun Christmas Eve dinner near our hotel (Hostal) at the French restaurant Chez Marcel. The waiters were a lot of fun. We took an Urban Adventure tour of Prague and had a cooking class with Tereza and Pavel with ... read more
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Prague Castle

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague December 15th 2016

Tip 2: Seize on opportunities when they arise. Don’t allow your inner procrastinator to mislead you. After disembarking the shuttle we immediately saw several currency exchange houses but I was anxious to get to our place and discouraged Rich from stopping. I was certain they would be all over the place, so I explained we should get settled first and then go to one closer to where we were staying. Unfortunately we discovered there were no other currency exchange houses in our area, so we were cash-deprived for a while. I had contacted Jake, our AirBnB host, from Frankfurt to give him our ETA which we guessed would be 3ish. I didn’t realize his rental wasn’t also his home. So, when we arrived at the front step of the apartment building, there was no indication how ... read more

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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