Monday, July 16, 2007

Weekend in Prague


What a cool city Prague is. Justin and I had mapped out our weekend well in advance thanks to a book on Prague that a former auditor gave us. What we didn't realize was how close everything was to each other. By looking at the map, we thought that we would easily need to take taxis everywhere, which we didn't take the whole weekend. It was awesome. A fun fact about Prague: it is the only major European city not to be destroyed by bombs throughout war over the takeover by the Russians.
Unfortunately, I left my memory card back at the office in Brno. Fortunately, Justin took a ton of pictures. There should be a link up shortly for them. It is definitely an amazing city that I want to bring Steph back to sometime, and if you are in Europe and close to the Czech Republic, it is definitely worth a weekend, which is about the perfect amount of time to see what the city has to offer. I am still acclimating myself to all of the outdoor restaurants, which are sweet.

Friday -- Arrived in Prague around 4:00 p.m. Did some quick sight-seeing and knocked out the Astrological Clock, a few churches, and some other landmarks. Justin's camera ran out of battery at Charles Bridge, which connects the main part of the city to the Prague Castle. We ate dinner at an outdoor restaurant, then grabbed a drink on the 6th floor of a hotel called U Prince, where we could see the entire city at night. It was amazing.

Saturday -- Got up, at some breakfast, and hit the city around 11:00 a.m. Walked across Charles Bridge, where there were plenty of vendors selling a variety of knick-knacks, including a lot of very neat photos of the city. We spent about 4 hours at the Prague Castle, which had a lot of cool items, namely: St. Vitus Cathedral [oldest church in Prague, finished in the 1100s before being burnt down a few times], some crazy tower in the cathedral which had 287 steps and I thought I would pass out at, the Old Royal Palace [which is where the Royal Family stays on site], St. George's Basilica [second church on site of the Castle, used mainly for burials], & the Golden Lane [where they set-up their archers and marksmen]. The church was cool and I am sure the ones in London/France will be even cooler.

We had dinner at the U Prince hotel to see the city, then watched some street singers outside for a while. We went to a few pubs, which we required to be in the basements of buildings as they were in old cellars. We struck out in our first attempt...there was a bachelorette party doing some very inappropriate things to a blow-up doll.

Sunday -- Went and saw Wenceslas Square and the Jewish quarter and a bunch of old synagogues, and it was time to go. All in all, a great trip. I got a cool photo of the city and my pre-requisite XMAS ornament from each site I went to, and am pleased....

5 comments:

Stephanie Kupferle said...

The pictures look wonderful. It looks like you had a ton of fun and saw many exciting things. I miss you lots, and can't wait to see you in London so we can share the site-seeing together!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Does Steph know about your special relationship with Justin?

KBO said...

Prague is one of my favorite cities...I hope you loved it as much as I did. Cheap, too.

Prague Hotels said...

There are not many places in the world, about which I can say I love them. I have to confess, that Prague is ONE of those. Prague means for me a city for just hanging out in old streets, especially in the evenings, when the street lamps light romantic through narrow streets. I have been to many cities and capitals, but Prague is special somehow - it has the typical atmosphere -block of flats everywhere, typical trams, different architecture styles and people usually mind their own business, don’t care about others, but when start to talk to someone, they are really nice.

Alex said...

I moved from LA 2 and half years agao and love it here. Don't want to ever wanna move back. It is quite an addictive city. Beautiful Architecture, Art, People and on top of it all, the infrastructure is very advanced and even better than some west European capitals.