Beautiful Prague

Trip Start Sep 16, 2010
Trip End Oct 31, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, October 7, 2010

It was another train journey and a very scenic one at that. Some beautiful towns along the rivers. We arrived in Prague fairly late so it was just to the hotel and dinner. WE had the biggest hotel room here, a converted apartment with a  bedroom, kitchen, tv room and bathroom and very close to the old town.

The next day we were up early and headed to the river.We crossed the Charles bridge where the views were stunning with the leaves all colourful and changing for autumn. We headed to the castle, where everyone was heading! We went into the St vitus Cathedral, Basilica of St George and the Old Royal Palace. Even though you pay for entry into these places you are suppose to pay even more to get a pass to take photos, Cat just took photos and made sure noone was watching! The palaces weren't as fancy inside as the ones in Germany. And we didn't understand that if there were 2 churches on the grounds why each palace also had their own chapel? We left at the perfect time as we didn't realise they have a changing of the guards at 12 and it's a pretty big affair and got to the entry/exit right when it started.

We were then going to head inside some other churches but they were closing for lunch (i didn't know churches closed for lunch) so we headed to the main square. Wondering through Prague was great, it was so beautiful with such a great atmosphere. It became our fave city. We walked in so many shops and couldn't resist buying a puppet! They are much better at moving the puppet then we are! At the square we saw tyn church and the st Nicholas church and the astronomical clock. People start standing around 15min before the clock hits the hour to see the parade of apostles and the bell ringing skeleton, we were lucky to turn up a few minutes ahead and didn't have to wait long! We should note that there were so many Scottish in Prague, all wearing their kilts with pride. We late found out there was a big football match the next day. Cat was also disappointed to find out an NHL game was being played in Prague the day after we left.

WE did so much walking today, and headed for dinner at  a pub and out afterwords. Needless to say we slept in the next morning.

So day 2 in Prague we decided to get a boat tour on the river. It was relaxing and they pointed out a lot of buildings that we had no idea what they were, as well as a bit of a history. We then headed to the "new town" to Wenceslas square, where there's a statue of St Wenceslas and a shrine for the victims of communism, including 2 men who burnt themselves alive in protest of the Soviet invasion.

We spent a lot of the day just wondering and drinking hot chocolate as it was pretty cool! We stopped for lunch and tried goulash in a bread bowl and it was delicious. We went into a museum of torture. the devices we pretty horrific and it seemed most were used on those accused of being witches.
We then left for our hotel for the night, a night train to Krakow!
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