Czech it Out

Trip Start Aug 15, 2010
Trip End Dec 11, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, October 25, 2010

Since the beginning of the semester, Prague has been one of the places I have most wanted to see. Needless to say, when we found cheap tickets from Brussels to Prague on a Wizz Air flight we seized the opportunity! 

We took a Friday morning flight out of Belgium and arrived an hour and a half later in Prague, Czech Republic. Easily the farthest east I've travelled in Europe, Prague has a style and atmosphere unlike any other european city I've travelled to. The closest culture to Czech (that I've seen) is German, and the influences are everywhere. 

As everyone says, Prague is beautiful. We were lucky enough to be there on a cloudless saturday with relatively warm temperatures which made for an excellent day of touring which we took full advantage of. At our hostel (which was really more of a full apartment with extra beds) we signed up for a free walking tour of the city. The tour ended up being excellent (and did I mention free??) and we spent two and a half hours walking around the old town, new town, and jewish quarter. We walked along the river, past the astronomical clock, by the set for mission impossible 4, and ended with a view of Prague Castle. Our tour guide, who was an actor from North Carolina, was so good we decided to sign up for the afternoon tour of Prague Castle. By the end of the day we had spent around six hours on walking tours and I felt like I had taken a crash course on Bohemian history, not to mention seen a ton of things I would have otherwise missed! 

My favorite part of the tour was the area up above the castle on the hillside where there were abbeys and churches as well as spectacular views of the city below. The feeling in Prague was generally more lively and energetic than in other cities I've been too in europe and it made for a great experience. Unfortunately our time in the city was very limited and we only spent from friday afternoon to sunday morning there. However, it's safe to say that Prague has officially taken over the number one spot in competition for Jackson's favorite european city. How long it will last there remains to be seen.. 
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