Praha (hahaha)

Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, May 14, 2010

As a last minute decision, considering we had a four day weekend (thursday was a holiday and I had to take friday off) Mason, Corey and I took the train to Prague, in the Czech Republic!!!  It was a really cool city.  We left Regensburg Friday morning around 10:30 and didn't get to Prague until 5pm due to train delays.  We found our hotel and decided to explore the eastern part of the city.  It was the first time I could not really understand the language of the people. But considering it was a major city (the capital!) there were so many other tourists there.  Plus most of the people also spoke German or English, so we never had trouble.   

 Prague is divided by the Vltava river so we spent each day on one side of the river.  We walked to the Old Town Square with the gothic Tn Cathedral and baroque St. Nicholas Church.  There was some sort of festival going on, probably for the holiday dealing with the assumption of Mary (Himmelfahrt).  In the center of the square there was a large stage and different performances took place the entire afternoon and night.  All three of us are afraid of heights but we managed to walk up the tower of the Old Town City Hall for a great panoramic view of the city.  We walked around, saw the Astronomical clock perform, and finally decided to eat dinner in the square, outside next to the fire/space heaters.  I had duck with honey, potato dumplings and krout, which was more like Grandma Coutts' pickled beets.  

The next day we headed over the river on the famous Charles Bridge up to the Prague Castle the biggest ancient castle in the world!!!  Inside the walls is the St. Vitus Cathedral which reminded us of Hogwarts so we called it that the whole trip. There were so many tourists it was ridiculous.  After the steep hike up to the castle we watched the changing of the guards.  We finally met up with a few other friends for about 10 minutes.  Then we walked to Hogwarts, took lots of pictures, avoided the long line inside, walked through the palace gardens and almost missed our train.  The pedestrian traffic on the bridge was insane so we had to turn around, walk to a different train station to get back to the main station.  

Prague was amazing but outside of the city, it seemed as if the houses and towns were stuck in the 1940s, old, run down and sketchy.  The landscape was beautiful but I would much rather live in Germany!  There is so much history to the city, including Good King Wencesles, the Thrity Years War, Bohemia, the composer Antonin Dvorak, and so much more but I didn't really read up about it until after the trip.  It was a great last minute decision and I wish we spent more time there but I am still glad we went!!
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