One last hurrah before it's crunch time!

Trip Start Aug 26, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, November 18, 2011

I loved Prague! It was such a beautiful city with lots of rich history. They have had their fair share of the wars and fights with communism, but I feel like a lot of their historic buildings and churches survived so there was a lot to see. At least many more than Budapest, that's for sure. 

Lucie and I caught an early train out of Budapest on Friday morning. The train ride was really stressful. In my limited experience with trains, I've never been on one that requires you to have a reserved seat. There's always plenty of open seats to choose from and only a few of them are reserved. For some reason this train (Budapest to Berlin) was 100% reserved. I managed to keep my seat the whole time but a lot of my friends had to get up and move seats multiple times. I guess we were all lucky to at least find an open seat rather than having to stand in the isles! 

We arrived to Prague early enough to have some time to explore the castle district. We went for a walk up to see the monastery, we walked around there for a bit because they had a nice park right below it. At the time, we didn't know the the monks at that monastery brewed their own beer and made their own sausage which is supposedly really really good! Unfortunately we didn't have time to make it back there to try it. We didn't have much sunlight because it's been getting dark around 4, but we still wanted to check out the Prague castle. We did that and it was really cool. There a church inside the castle that was beautiful. I'll post some pictures of it. 

On Saturday we took one of the free walking tours that was offered and it was amazing. Our tour guide was really good and was very entertaining. By taking the tour we were able to see Old Town Prague and the Jewish Quarter while getting a lot of history. Again, lots of good pictures! Lucie and I also went to check out a Salvador Dali exhibit. Very cool, he certainly has some really really weird paintings! 

After a long day of walking around and seeing all the sights we went to the Prague Beer museum. It wasn't really a museum, it was more like a pub just with lots of beers on tap. It was great =) I got to try eight different beers and they were all delicious!

Unfortunately we only had a day and a half in Prague because school is more important than traveling! ;-) So it was back to Budapest Sunday morning. Now that all of my traveling is over for the semester I can safely say that my favorite places that I visited were Croatia and Prague. I hope that someday I'll get to comeback and spend some more time in both places. Another trip that is on my list to do in the future is skiing in Austria!!
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