Czeching out the town

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Dec 14, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, September 24, 2010

Today was our first full day in the second country on our European adventure. The Czech Republic seems a lot more foreign than Germany as English is not as prevalent here and the country seems less developed. We decided to take the free walking tour around Prague today so we could get our bearings. We barely made it to the meeting point on time as we got a bit lost. Compared to Germany, the signage here isn't very good and the map we got from the hostel really isn't very good either. We made it and started our 3 hours walking tour, which turned into a day of walking for 6 hours! Good thing our feet and legs have toughened up a lot - didn't seem like that big of a deal, but we shall see if the story changes in the morning.

The walking tour was a highlights tour, so we will have to come back and see things in more detail. We saw the Astrological Clock, which was surrounded by tourists when it did its little show on the hour (basically, the apostles come out at the stroke of the hour and then death pulls the bell on the old hour and the hen clucks for the new hour), the Old Town Hall and Square with the Tyn Church, the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.

After the tour, we went up to Prague Castle to look around. Rather than walking up the big hill like we usually do, we decided to take the tram. Prague castle is the world's largest medieval castle and it definitely was large. It took us a couple hours to look around, including the St. Vitus cathedral. I have to say that they like to "nickel and dime" you here. To be allowed to take pictures inside, you had to pay extra - we cheaped out, so sorry folks, no pictures of the inside. The same thing at restaurants - if they put bread, nuts, chips, etc on your table and you eat it, you pay for it.

We came back to the hostel to look up the restaurant for dinner and then headed back to the tram and metro. The public transportation system in Prague is quite good and didn't take us long to get to the Pivovarsky Klub, where we dined on traditional Czech cuisine - for me, smoked pork with bacon dumplings and spinach and for Jeff, pork knuckle with bread dumplings and sauerkraut. The meal was so tasty, we had to take a picture!
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food looks amazing!! buildings look amazing. stain glass looks amazing!

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