Prague Central

Trip Start Apr 27, 2013
Trip End Dec 06, 2013

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Prague has it all. The history, the beer, the architecture, the beer, the attractions, the hustle and bustle. Did we mention the swarms of people and the beer!?

Mid afternoon arrival to the city, we quickly dropped our bags at our hostel and went for a stroll through the main area of town. This city is unbelievable. Churches, museums and buildings all with unbridled design. There are more crystal shops than can be imagined with thousands and thousands of different products to suit any tourist's needs. Absinthe products also seem to litter all of the shops - everything from absinthe chocolate and gum, absinthe mugs and, of course, bottles of absinthe itself. And the beer...oh the beer. Every shop has different varieties for only a couple of dollars, Troy is in his element. His first concern is that there won't be enough time to drink them all!

We toured the Prague Castle (or at least what we could) and climbed the stairs at the St. Vitus Cathedral. The Cathedral, in Kaylie's opinion, is the greatest one we've seen yet. Unable to go inside due to a precession taking place (in which we chose not to partake), we decide the remain in awe of the exquisite exterior and climb the spire for a panoramic view of Prague. It seems in every location we visit we find a church spire to climb - some only one or two hundred stairs, but there have been a couple that are three or four hundred stairs - a workout in itself!

Charles Bridge, which is the main connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town, offers amazing city views, stands selling jewelry and paintings and the local needy people often kneeling in a silent prayer hoping kind tourists will share some wealth so they can indulge in the delicious local, food...yes, food. There are thirty statues on either side of the bridge, some of which are religious figures and some of Royalty. 

We also saw the art exhibitions of Alphonse Mucha and Salvador Dali, and visited the Franz Kafka museum to satisfy our artistic sides.

The cool weather and rain sets in, in the late afternoon each day, almost like clockwork, so our evenings are fairly quiet. We didn't have too many crazy nights in Prague like some of the people we met in the hostel, and despite some recommendations, we passed on the ice bar (why come from Canada to visit an ice bar? No thanks!), but we did experience the Czech Beer Fest. Over 70 different brands of beer available to try, for about $2 for half a litre. Needless to say, we spent all day sampling different local beers and experienced only a few of the offerings. Even Kaylie found a grapefruit beer to sip on!

After five full and fabulous days in Prague, we were off to our next destination. And instead of taking off to a new country, we decided to experience more of Czech Republic and move west to Karlovy Vary where Kaylie is optimistic she will discover her true passion for beer - by soaking in a vat of it at the Beer Spa!

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