Day 65: Czech-ing out the Repulbic

Trip Start Oct 17, 2013
Trip End Mar 22, 2014

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Schonbrunn Palace

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, December 21, 2013

We got uncomfortably full this morning at breakfast... again. I can't help but laugh when Johnny sits at the table and thinks out loud, "I wonder what I will have for dessert?". Who eats dessert with breakfast? Lucky boy never gains a pound though.

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. Once again we discovered that we had approached the back of the building first. The back of the building is impressive because of the view it has to the rear gardens and archway building up on the hill. Upon navigating our way though the maze of gardens on the side of the house we found ourselves facing yet another Christmas market. We did not even bother to walk through this one. If we never see another Christmas market it would be just fine. This time the markets kind of took away the nice view of the front of the house. Luckily it looked just like the back. We finished our walk around the building and decided to head up to the building on the hill.

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 were probably in a lot of people's pictures. I hope they notice us later on when they are looking back at their trip.

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. Pretty nice guy. We tried our first local beer called Svijany. It is a pilsner style beer and good cold. Beers are pretty cheap here... 32 kunas or about $1.60 each for a pint.

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
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Cheryl and dad on

Glad you have landed again! Sounds like you time in Vienna was good, so glad the weather cooperated and you got to see the palace. You guys are really good with trains, especially those with gummy bears!

Weather in New York cold and drizzly, more than likely turning to Icy mix tonight, your dad is at a dinner with the Schreiber's (Dan and Claire) for the shop Christmas party. Aunt Jan got back to Rochester after missing her first connection. She and Thule are safely back in Syracuse. Weather here in Tampa is warm, around 85 and sunny - spent the morning baking and tomorrow going to see your grandma for awhile. Enjoy the sights and sounds. Missing you as always. Much love,
Dad and Cheryl

ACE of Burkes on

Sorry if you already posted about it, but what made you choose to learn "butterfly" in different languages? What a fun memory to have of your travels though!! I think it makes sense to be frugal with your travels - just don't skimp too much. Andrew and I didn't pay for any tours while we were on our honeymoon. We did opt in for a few self-guided electronic tours a few times. I would recommend that if it's ever an option. You can go at your own pace and you're not stuck traveling around with a bunch of weirdos. :) I'm hoping to bake cookies today. So far Mr. Pants has felt all other days were better spent snuggling. Apparently he hasn't gotten the memo that if Santa doesn't have cookies - Santa doesn't leave presents! xo

johnnyandamber on

I chose to learn butterfly because it is the most ridiculous word in German and I wanted to see if any other languages were as weird. So far they are nothing compared to schmeterling. Give Mr. Pants a nice soft squnch from me. I think cuddling is more important than cookies too.

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