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....