Czech this out!

Trip Start Jul 15, 2013
Trip End Aug 13, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Friday, August 2, 2013

What can we say about is beautiful. Every corner you turn, every new street you walk down, there is something beautiful to see. Each building is slightly different from the next, different colours, different intricate patterns, full of life!

We started our day with one destination in mind, Charles Bridge, and a "see what happens after that" mentality. The bridge was packed with tourists, but a wondrous sight to see. Two gorgeous 'gates' lie on either side of the bridge and old statues, vendors and musicians greet you as you cross over it. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town as it created an important trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

We stopped to take pictures of St Nicholas' church, found a risqué art piece called "piss" (picture Belgium's little pisser as two grown metal men, with rotating pelvises and parts), and had lunch in Vojan park, under a weeping willow tree. The park was buzzing with wildlife, in particular a muster of peacocks with colourful plumage. We walked past the Franz Kafka museum and Katie picked up a copy of The Metamorphosis, a graphic novel, in spirit of being in the same area in which Kafka wrote the masterpiece in 1915.

As we walked into the Kampa/Kampa Island district, we discovered many moving modern pieces of community art. There were pictures on display from the recent flooding in June. This particular area in Prague was one of the most devastated. We stumbled upon giant baby statues that Pam had read about and was intrigued by (see pic), and a moving memorial to Czechs impacted by Communism. We were happy that we had done most of our sight seeing yesterday, as the heat became almost unbearable by mid-afternoon. What better way to cool down than with a huge bottle of Czech beer? :) we then set off to our last stop, the controversial 'dancing house', which is architecturally innovative, but despised by the locals.

For a pre-dinner snack, we bought an authentic potato pancake with fresh sauerkraut from one of the local market vendors. It was divine! We stumbled upon the "sex machines museum" (did not venture inside however, only to the lobby) where we each sat in the "love tester chair" (vibrating butt-seat massager included). Pam scored an acceptable level of "tepid", while Katie scored "burning" (she would like to reassure everyone this is in the love-sense, not the STI sense ;) haha. En route to find dinner, and the Powder Tower (the oldest remaining gate to the city - part of the old city wall) we discovered "choco-story" - The Chocolate Museum and went inside for a live candy-making demonstration. They were demonstrating how to make rock candies - colourful little treats with intricate designs inside. It was amazing to see how they turned large blobs of very hot, colourful sugar into the cutest little designs. We even got to taste one when they were was still warm!

Our favourite veggie restaurant had closed early, so we grabbed some take away Thai food and headed home. We spent the rest of the evening people-watching in the breeze from our tall windows, packing and getting ready for our trek to Berlin tomorrow!!! Ta ta till then....
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Back from a wonderful week at the cottage. Diane and Steve were there for a fun dinner last night. Loved getting caught up with the blog. Still hot but no rain yet at all. You are really impressively well prepared tourists and I've loved seeing the highlights of places I hope to go to some day. Prague and Vienna are both on the list. Always take time for the beer and the food. Can't wait to see you in a few days. Work oh the bathroom is going well Diane said and Sandra has a couch and chair for you. Berlin or bust.. Love, mom

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