Day 65: Czech-ing out the Repulbic
Trip Start Oct 17, 2013
158Trip End Mar 22, 2014
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After breakfast we made our way back to Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, for real this time. We walked in the side entrance and were immediately greeted with a giant green house/botanical garden. This thing was almost as large as the palace itself. We had a nice walk around the outside and admired the plants though the windows since there was an admission fee. We don't mean to sound too frugal. We decide not to enter certain attractions mostly based on our gut feeling on whether we would really enjoy it or not. We both felt that the fee to enter was too steep for an attraction of its nature.
Moving on, we took the long way to the main palace
We took the outermost route to get to the hill. There were so many tour groups occupying the main trails and we wanted to get away from that. On the way up and squirrel wanted to make friends with John by leaping at his leg. I think the squirrels get really used to being fed by the tourists. Kind of sad.
The building up on the hill turned out to be a restaurant. I am sure that it was not its original purpose though. We had some great views of part of Vienna in the background and the palace in the foreground. It was a beautiful sunny day (unlike yesterday morning) and actually kind of warm. We had a nice time standing up on the hill with our nice view
We devised a train schedule that would allow us usage of the train station first class lounge. We collected our bags and made our way to the train that would take us to the station with the free gummy bears. We had allowed ourselves a stay of two hours in the lounge. Much to our dismay the man told us that maximum stay time was an hour. What were we going to do for the hour in between lounge time and train time? Well, we actually ended up taking a completely different train but with the same destination.
We arrived in Prague around 5pm. Our hostel was a short walk from the train station. We are staying at the Blind Eye Hostel. We are in a 14 bed room on the fourth floor. The beds are kind of like regular beds... no bunks. Right now there are three other boys staying in there too. More people might have moved in since we left though. After cooking dinner, our specialty... grilled cheese and soup, we went to check out the bar that the owner of the hostel owns and runs. It is called the Red Eye and is right around the corner. We were the only ones there for our stay of 2 hours. I felt kind of bad. The owner of the bar also owns the hostel and he is from Indiana
I am now super ready for bed. I hope the boys do not come home too far gone. John and I have a full day tomorrow. Our maps indicated that there is much to see and many hills to climb.
# of countries: 19
# of cities: 42
# of planes: 3
# of trains: 78
# of buses: 15
# of taxis: 2
# of beers: 43 (Svijany)
# of monies found: 6.50 Euros, 8.05 Peruvian soles, 5 cents American, 10 cents Bolivian, 1 cent Canadian, 15 Swiss Francs, 11 Czech Republic Korunas, 5 Croatian Lipas, 2 Hungarian Fillers (no longer in use), 10 Romanian lei
# of times we did laundry: 3
# of languages we know how to say Butterfly in: 12 (Ceczh - Motyl)
# of holes in Amberīs sneakers: 3
Next stop: The sights of Prague