Prague, Czech Republic

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
Trip End Apr 01, 2006

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Monday, March 27, 2006

We arrived in Prague at about 10am, and were met by our a friend of our guide, who was stuck in a car wash and running 30 minutes late. We were starving and grabbed a couple of burgers from "Burger Empire", and wolfed them down while we waited.

Our guide (George) finally showed up and we set out to see the city. We started at the main palace, which serves as the office to their current president. George kept our attention with historical facts and interesting stories as we toured. The palace square was packed, and we waited for the 'changing of the guards' cermony and took alot of pictures. From there we toursed the oldest part of town, and George led us to an area of 11th century guard barracks that had been remodeled into a museum, and we also toured an ancient prison dungeon. From there, we toured the more modern areas of wincelas square and St Charles Bridge, as well as the Jewish ghetto of world war II (now filled with pretentious shopping stores and restaurants). George dropped us off here, and directed us to the best meal I had so far on this trip - crispy duck with red cabbage and potato dumplings, a traditional meal for Czech people. The Pilsner beer in Prague rivals the best German Heffeweisen, and since George was driving, I enjoyed a litre or so.

Prague is very sightly, and its architectural beauty grabs your eye in every building, after building, after building. The cool thing is that they are all different, yet equally detailed and brilliantly constructed. It is difficult to believe how this city has survived and thrived in a region cradled in  unrest over the many centuries. Just amazing.

I think we will return to Prague someday, and we'll alot for more than a day to really experience it. We were very glad we had hired George, he was worth it.

By 7pm we were in the air again, headed for Dublin. Czech airlines has a nice fleet, and the crew of the older 737 treated us well - and even fed us dinner.
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