Is this the Renaissance Fair?

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 05, 2010

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Prague: Medieval Wonder!

Sat. morning I pretty easily found the bus terminal and my three other friends and I arrived in Prague, Czech Republic by noon. I took out some Czech crowns from the ATM, which was a little hard to get used to that 25 crowns is almost equivalent to 1 euro. We used the Google map walking directions to find our hostel and was relieved to put our bags down when we checked in. the place was colorful and cozy. The four of us had a really nice sized room and were grateful to be there safely.

My first impressions of the city were that it was very large and the buildings were filled with lots of details. The old town hall was quite the site with a festival set up with live music. We had lucking timing since we hadn't heard of it before, and apparently it only happens every five years. The band members’ costumes were over the top (sort of like the Mummers) and the whole feel of the square made it seem like the inspiration for the Renaissance Fair. We did some window shopping at this uniquely pink mall that reminded me of a doll house’s design, however the inside was modern.

The next day we climbed up the clock tower to the impressive view. I happily soaked up the fresh air while looking over the whole city. We joined a free tour that showed us around the main sections of town and learned some history of the country along the way. The cold got to us after awhile so we departed the large tour group to get someplace warm. Bohemia Bagel had a comfortable atmosphere and lots of choices, I got a yummy quiche. We were glad to continue our exploring just the four of us and trekked to the Prague castle over the bridge. The world’s largest castle was more like a complex that we just had time to briefly walk around. It was humorous to watch the official guards switch shifts since they do it in a showy fashion. We managed to easily find the bus station and said see ya later to Prague. 
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