Berlin to Prague by Train

Trip Start Mar 27, 2007
Trip End Apr 04, 2007

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Got up early, got over to the train station, and found an incredible pastry/coffee shop for breakfast. Found out the hard way that you need money to use the toilet (I didn't take my purse up the two levels to the bathroom--so waited until I got on the train). We got on the train ok, although we were a little concerned about our luggage. The only place to put it was above our heads on these little racks--kinda scary. This train had compartments with six seats per compartment. We had the window seats and another couple had the "aisle" seats with no one in between us. The train had the same basic design as the Hogwarts Express, without the cushiness and wizardry students aboard. ;)

We had the best time talking to this couple from Canada who were backpacking through Europe. It made the four-hour train ride go by at such a nice pace. We talked and talked. We enjoyed each other's company so much that we exchanged info and decided to meet up the next night to get together. When we got off the train, it was quite jolting. The train station in Prague was beat up and graffitied, and quite frankly gross. We took a taxi to our hotel, the Intercontinental Praha. It was like night and day. We got checked in and then headed out to explore.

The hotel is right at the end of the "Parisian" street that goes to the Old Town Square. Wow! We were like, "look at that!" and "omg, look at that!". I took a ton of pictures in that first couple of hours. We ate dinner at Pravda restaurant which was very good. It was an upscale restaurant on that Parisian street, expensive, but worth it. The Old Town Square was full of people and booths like for a street fair. I guess they do that at Christmastime and Easter. They have these pastry things called trdlo, but I call them Czech churros. They are big and round, like the shape of a tire if it doesn't have any air in it, covered in a coarse sugar with a hint of lemon flavor. Yumm!

We got tickets for a concert at St. Nicholas church in the square. The Prague Brass Ensemble played. The church is beautiful. The music was nice. The only part we didn't care for was a couple of songs that just consisted of the organ (without the brass) that sounded like Count Dracula music...very dark and ominous.

We were so excited to be in this gorgeous city! It was a great start.
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