Pilsners in Prague

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
Trip End Dec 15, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Well after and uneventful train ride from Vienna to Prague, we were picked up at the metro and taken to our studio apartment that we would be staying at for the next three nights. My mission in Prague, I think because for the tv show Three Sheets, was not only to walk around and check out the local architecture but also to try some locally made Czech Pilsner Beers and absinthe. On the other hand, I don't think Sarah wanted to do all that much because she had picked up a cold on the way.

The first day out of the gate, we headed to the center of Prague and had a more traditional Czech lunch of roasted pork and dumplings with gravy. We also had some soup for our starters, mine, a hearty potato soup and Sarah's, an onion soup. It was all so delicious. From there we decided to follow the rooftops. Prague is such a great city and easily accessible by metro, tram or bus but we chose to take on Prague by foot. Most of the places we walked were cobblestone and it really gave you the feeling of walking in an old city. We ended up choosing the direction to go in by looking up. From that vantage point you could see church steeples, old copper roofs, domed building and other rooftops of all colors. It was fabulous and a great way to walk. Our next site was the old Tyn Church which quickly led us to the Old Town square and the astronomical clock, which as we read is one of the few in existence and the only one known to still be working. It was quite beautiful. We hung around that area of awhile, taking in our surroundings. Then it was off to completing part one of my mission: Pilsner beer. We found a pub in the back streets named Prague Beer Museum, the perfect place to try beer. Sarah and I got 10 samples to try. It had everything from the light pale ales to ambers to a dark cherry beer. I have to say there were some we really liked and some we didn't care for much at all. After reading about each for the tasters and sampling them, we each took 5 and finished them off. Then it was on to one of the best parts...Sarah and I chose our favorite one, mine being the Bakalar Honey and Sarah's was called Matuska. We washed them all done with a soft pretzel and chicken quesadilla...yep, Mexican? Well I'm not quite sure how that last part happened as I was having a great time drinking my beer! After a few hours at the pub it was our bedtime.

For our second day we decided to try and find the Jewish Cemetery which is supposed to be quite large and have some beautifully painting head stones from what I remember Sarah saying. We did find it, however we also found that it had been touristified and now cost quite a chunk of change to get into. So instead we decided for another walk around in an different part of the city. Then, as night came, it was time to finish the mission. Absinthe. We headed to a bar properly named, Absinthe Time. Here the woman behind the bar was so knowledgeable about absinthe, she gave us a little background and some recommendations to try. We chose one and asked for it the Czech way, which meant in shot glass on fire while a sugar cube above it on a spoon melted. You were to take the shot and then also take a second sugar cube and suck on it afterwards. As expected from our introduction to absinthe, it tasted like licorice but more sweet. Sadly though, neither Sarah nor I saw the green fairy but had we decided to drink much more, who knows. Then, aptly enough, we were told that absinthe was actually created as a cold medicine. With Sarah trying to fight her cold, I immediately said she should have another, and she did. With her, two shots down, she still didn't see any green fairies but because of her cold, or the alcohol, she did say that on the way to the tram she thought the machine in the construction area was a robot. I leave it up to you to decide what gave her that idea...

With my missions accomplished, we said goodbye to the lovely city of Prague...
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