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Prague: Castles, Clocks and Crepes September 15, 2011

Filed under: Contiki,Czech Republic,Europe,Travel — Kelocity @ 6:32 am
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We woke up in Prague and started the day with the usual breakfast fare… except this hotel had fresh watermelon. Best I’ve ever had. Seriously, so fresh and sweet!
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Then I was ready to go! We started on the coach heading to Castle Hill on a guided tour.
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PRAGUE FLASHBACK! (2003 and Now)
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PS, can you believe I used to travel with that backpack everywhere?!

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They have amazing views of Prague from up there. Then we walked down towards the bridge.
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The Charles Bridge is decorated with statues dating back hundreds of years. Some of the originals are still there.
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Then we arrived at the Astronomical Clock. Every hour the clock moves and crowds gather below to see it.

PRAGUE FLASHBACK (2003 and Now)

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After our walking tour ended, we wandered some of the shopping district towards the Museum of Natural History.

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PRAGUE FLASHBACK (2003 and Now)
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After all that walking, we found a snack! This was like a sweet pretzel roasted on a rod.
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There wasn’t a line to go up the clock tower, so we went up to get some views of the town.
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This is the view you see on postcards everywhere.
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Then we saw the crowds gathering below and we knew it was the top of the hour!
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After the clock chimed, a trumpeter plays up in the tower!
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And then it was time for another snack!
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This time we tried a typical Czech delicacy. It was a fried dough with garlic and cheese. Delicious!
Correction: This is actually a Slovak delicacy. Thanks loyal readers!
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Later, we walked over to the Jewish Quarter where they have one the oldest Synagogues in Europe.
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And the we walked back over the Charles Bridge one more time.
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We enjoyed dinner with our group while they played traditional Czech Music while we ate.
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And the vegetarian for me (sorry, but I don’t eat duck! Irving said it was good though!)
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And dessert were sweet crepes! I could have just ate those! Amazing.
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A group of people headed out to the clubs after dinner, but we opted to walk around the city and take some night photos instead.
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I fell in love with Prague again for the second time. Hopefully someday there will be a third!

Next stop: Vienna!

 

Praha– Praga–Prague September 14, 2011

Filed under: Contiki,Czech Republic,Europe,Travel — Kelocity @ 12:25 pm
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I visited Prague back in 2003 when I was in college. All I remember is the gorgeous old town center and the really cheap beer. I was SO excited (and feel so lucky) to go back and visit again…. this time with Irving!
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As soon as we arrived, we began a bike tour of the city.
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We split up into three groups and peddled down the pebble streets.
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Oh my gosh, it was SO fun. We went under old tunnels, over beautiful bridges and through picturesque parks.

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Along the way, our tour guide pointed out historical sites and told us stories of the town.
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It was exciting to see the famous Charles Bridge from the other side.
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This modern building is called the “Fred and Ginger” because it resembles a dancing couple. Can you see it?

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Riding bikes through old town was so much fun. It was so much faster and more fun than walking.
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After we built up an appetite from an afternoon of riding, we had a traditional Czech meal inside the Opera House.
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I opted for the vegetarian meal and got a delicious plate-o-carbs: Fried Cheese with boiled potatoes.
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Dessert… YUM!
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On the way back to the bus, we passed the Prague train station.This totally brought back memories since that was the way I arrived when I was there in 2003. Can’t believe I was able to come back again! I love Prague!
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