Amazing skyline views in Prague

Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
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Trip End Jul 12, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, June 21, 2012

     After a very unenjoyable overnight train to Prague, we finally made it.  Of course our original train was cancelled at that last minute, but the more unpleasant part was not the cancellation, but Jon and I were lucky enough to be seated next to 2 very stinky, chatty people who decided to talk loudly over the rumbling of the train into 3am and then wake up early to continue, no common courtesy.  To give you a feeling of our annoyance, a few people left our car on the train because of it.  After we made our half hour walk to the hotel, a nap and a shower was needed because it's hot again, yes!  With lunch in our bellies and our dollar beers, after the currency conversion, we set out to the old town part of Prague.  We walked along the pretty Vltava River that runs through Prague and over the Charles Bridge with a ton of statues.  After we made a few big circles in and out of the cobblestone streets, we stumbled upon the big Astonomical Clock that makes noise and does it's thing every hour which was a big tourist attraction.  When we turned our backs we saw the Old Town Square where we saw the soccer fan park set-up like the other big cities we have seen and discovered that we were just in time to watch the Czech Republic team battle Portugal.  We made a plan to eat some local BBQ of ham and sausage and grab a beer from a little stand before we joined the giant crowd of locals ready to cheer on their team. Unfortunately, we weren't the only ones with the idea to watch the game there so after trying to see through, under and over people by sitting on Jon's shoulders, we called it a night and watched the rest of the game at our hotel.  I'm glad we did that too because Portugal won so who knows what kind of drunk and disorderly things happened because of upset fans.  We did stop by a small outdoor bar on the river on our way back that had a guy playing classic rock so we paid $2.50 for both of our drinks and watched the swans and lit up views of Prague castle while he jammed away.
 
     On our second day of being in Prague we felt adventurous and went for a hike up the Petrin Hill to find amazing views of the whole city and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower.  This Petrin Tower was much smaller and less elegant than the original in Paris, but a solid effort.  Feeling a part of nature, we ditched the usual cafe and had our own little picnic in a nearby park and caught a few rays in the meantime.  We had a very relaxing time, views of the river and background music from a music festival that was being set-up.  We discussed checking out the music festival after we saw Prague castle, but when we heard the music we decided it wasn't our scene.  Next on our list of things to do was do our own self-guided tour of Prague Castle.  The best part of this tour was through the part called Golden Lane where we were able to see how people lived back then in minuscule one room apartments.  These people were small because Jon was having to duck his head everywhere and he's not very tall.  Actually, all these castles we've been seeing are full of tiny beds.  I would really like to know the average height back then.  
 
       With our only major sightseeing on the to do list done, we decided to eat at a local Czech restaurant recommended to us.  It was near the National Library and was quite small but the food was delicious and the cost was awesome (2 big fancy meals and 6 drinks only cost us $25, crazy right?!). We didn't have anything left on our list of things to do so when Jon offered to get a row boat and row me around the river for an hour, I couldn't refuse, but what girl would right?!  It was a gorgeous night and a perfect time to sail around the island in the river and do some more people watching of the interesting audience at the music festival.  That was the end of our night since we had another early train to Vienna in the am and we still had to re-pack our big backpacks that seems to always explode all over our hotel rooms.
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