Prague Castle

Trip Start Feb 26, 2009
Trip End Mar 02, 2009

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hello all!
Here is the beginning of a few entries of my trip to Prague. I will break each entry into the activities I did each day. So, first will be Prague Castle and the Jewish Quarter.
But, before I go into that I will quickly desribe the train ride and our hostel. The train ride was 7 hours long, going through Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Rep. We managed to get our own compartment which made the ride more carefree knowing no one could come in and steal things. Upon getting into Prague, we stayed at Sir Toby's Hostel. We lived in a room with 10 bunked beds and 2 bathes. The rooms were very clean and warm. The hostel also had a bar in the basement with all you can eat breakfast for $5. Naturally, we were big fans of this. Now onto Prague itself! Early on, one can tell Prague is a more beautiful and cleaner city than Budapest. Public transportation can be frustrating though with the tram and bus system being pretty unreliable. The residents of Prague speak english very well and are always willing to help out. On Friday (Feb. 27) we went up to Prague Castle. Its more like a city within walls than a tradition castle. Upon entering, you first see the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral. I took many pictures of this so enjoy! After this, I went into the Palace Museum. It had artiefacts from Roman days up through the Middle Ages. Sadly, we weren't allowed to take pictures. Next, we checked out a small chapel that had the remains of a Czech princess (sadly, no flash allowed so the quality of the pics is poor.) Finally, we strolled down the Golden Lane. I'm not quite sure how it got this name because it isn't even gold, but it had some cute little touristy shoppes. This brought an end to Prague Castle and we then headed to the actual city.The first site we saw was the Lennon Wall (named after John Lennon). It is actually a random wall in a pretty, yet less travelled part of Prague. A lot of embassies were in this area. I randomly found the Danish Embassy and took a pic of it. The Lennon Wall got its name because people wrote Beatles' lyrics on it as a form of protest in communist times. The government kept on covering the protests and so a constant fight over the wall ensued. Since the fall of communism, people are free to write on the wall as they please. It is now mostly Beatles' lyrics and art. I wrote on it so my name will live on for many years (I hope). Sadly, at this point of the trip, my camera's batteries died so I couldn't take any more pictures till I got back to the hostel. The other worthy note of the day was we visited the Charles Bridge. One of Prague's most famous architectural features, Charles Bridge is a very small bridge by today's standards. It is open only for foot traffic and is covered with vendors offering art and those cheesy stencils of yourself amusement parks offer in America. I plan on stealing some photos of Charles Bridge from my traveling mates so you can see it for yourself (if not just Google it, there are tons of pics). From here, we just wandered the streets and took in the sites. Thus, concludes my first day in Prague. I plan on having day two up by tomorrow.Thanks and enjoy!!!
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