Praha (Prague)

Trip Start Jan 16, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 1:
We arrived in Prague and figured out our way from the airport to the hotel. We stayed at Barcelo Praha Five. We were given complimentary welcome drinks. Since it was dinner time we asked the front desk man where we could find real Czech food near us. We went to a real Czech restaurant and had non Czech food. Czech food isn't very vegetarian friendly and Frankie, Eva, Michelle and I are all vegetarians. The scary thing is the conversion in Prague. 20 crowns is equal to 1 dollar! So when we got our bill I was taken back by how expensive it looked even though it wasn't.
Day 2:
Started our day by looking at souvenir booths in city center. The city center is a very touristy area but it is also where all the attractions in Prague are. We then moved on to the Sex machine museum. My impression was that it would more light hearted than it was. The museum kind of scared me to be honest. Everything was very domineering and spooky. Next we went to the Astronomical clock. For 50 crowns you can go to the top of the tower and get a great panorama view of the city. Unfortunately my camera decided to die as we were going up in the elevator but luckily I had my iPhone to take pictures with. The view was fantastic! I just wish it had been a little less windy up there. I was really excited to see the Powder tower. The tower is one of the old medieval gates into the city. In my social history class we had studied medieval architecture in London but a lot of it is not left because of fires, WW2 and rebuilding. But Prague keeps it old buildings around and the architecture is amazing. We had planned on seeing the municipal house, which is supposed to be right next to the Powder tower but we couldn't seem to find it. Later that night when I was trying to find it on a map in our hotel I realized that we had seen it but it now called the opera house. We had walked right past it said how pretty it was and moved on. The Palladium is the largest shopping mall in the Czech Republic. It looks like every other mall in America to me but Eva wanted to go to some Czech shops. We had a quick bite of sushi at the mall and headed to our boat cruise. The cruise came with our groupon package, it was an hour long cruise on the canal. The tour that was being said over the intercom was in Czech so we didn't really understand what we were passing. It was still really enjoyable to sit down for an hour and enjoy the view. We went back to our hotel for a nap. For dinner we found a Czech pizza place that had amazing pizza and gnocchi. A friend of Michelle's told her about this bar in Prague called the Drunken monkey. A guy came on study abroad to Prague, loved it so much that he bought a bar and never left. We went to the bar and a had a great time. We made friends with some German and Sweeds.
Day 3:
Charles bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Prague. You can't drive on it and it connects the east part of the river to the west side. The bridge has religious statues all along it and it also has two medieval towers on either end. There is great picture taking spots all along the river. Lennon wall is the wall that Lennon (guy from the Beatles) came to Prague and signed. It turned into a cultural thing and now people come and graffiti the wall with sayings and drawings. The wall it self is not very long and you can tell that drawings have been covered up by other drawings. We all added our little saying to the wall and I felt like I was part of something bigger. From there we walked up to Prague castle but we were too late for entry. Petrin park is the park directly south of the castle. It houses Prague's very own "Eiffel tower". Petrin tower looks nothing like the Eiffel Tower except for the fact that they are both tall metal things. We walked to the top of the tower but it was snowing outside so you couldn't see very far. We didn't stay very long up there because of how cold it was. For dinner we had fancy Thai food.
Day 4:
For our last day we went and did the short tour of Prague castle. Prague castle isn't really a castle per say but a lot of building (mostly churches) standing together. The tour is self guided and we all had a lot of fun guiding each other through everything. In the golden lane you could shoot a cross bow for 50 crowns. Michelle and Eva did it and Michelle actually hit the bullseye!
Out flight home was delayed 3 hours causing us not to get into our beds until 1 in the morning.
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