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Hlavní město Praha

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  • Day49

    Prague

    July 25, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is divided by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Unfortunately the clock is being renovated so you could only see part of it. We walked A LOT today from Cech Bridge up to Letná Park where we got great views of Prague and where Hanavský Pavilion, a gorgeous building is located which was originally built for the National Jubilee Exhibition in 1891 and later moved to the park. On to the Prague Palace (Prazsky Hrad) - amazing!! Dates back from the 9th century. It is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.
    We then walked back down with a quick stop to sample the famous trdelnik, described as a kind of spit cake made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix and filled with either nutella and ice cream or fruit salad and ice cream. Delicious but once is enough! Then on to the Charles Bridge, the most famous of Prague's bridges. It is lined with statues of Catholic saints as well as lots of artists - selling their work and/or drawing portraits for those who stop. Great views from the bridge too if you are lucky enough to get a spot to take a photo. We then walked to Wenceslas Square. It has changed a lot since we were there 3 years ago. The main change is that the trams no longer drive along the Square. It has become a mall. Two of the old trams have been turned into a cafe in the Square which I like because it adds a little charm in amongst the many fashion and souvenir stores along the Square. If that wasn't enough in one day we moved accommodation at about 9pm! Today is a rest day 😩
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  • Day51

    Prague - night tour

    July 27, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Our night tour started with a 45-minute tour through the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter and the New Town after which we boarded a boat and embarked on a 3-hour cruise along the Vltava River which included a buffet-style dinner and welcome shot of Slivovice an alcoholic beverage made from plums - comes in a shot glass and you drink in one gulp - burns in your throat for a few seconds and then leaves a nice warm feeling down to your stomach. It is a digestive aid - you need that for all the cabbage!! The weather was not great but we still had lovely views of Prague.Read more

  • Day52

    Prague

    July 28, 2017 in Czech Republic

    We have been without Internet for a few days so some late postings.
    Friday 28 July - Relaxing day walking around the Old Town. We walked around the Jewish Quarter then onto the Charles Bridge again and down to the riverbank where there are restaurants, pubs and cafes as well as some lovely parks and interesting artworks and sculptures. Then we just randomly chose laneways and alleys that we had not walked before - nice easy day. Tomorrow is our last day in Prague. We plan to go to Karlstjen Castle making our own way there by train.Read more

  • Day39

    Beautiful Prague, Czech Republic

    July 26, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Arrived in Prague to rain on Monday afternoon but happily is was fine the next day. Crossed the river from the main old town to walk up stairs ( yes many more stairs!) to the castle. This area is a little township and just beautiful with great views down over Prague across the river. The church in the palace area has the most amazing windows. Walked back over the Charles Bridge- has huge statues on either side of the bridge all the way over the bridge. Prague has just so much to see.Read more

  • Day11

    Leaving Germany behind us

    September 9, 2017 in Czech Republic

    We crossed our first border - what a strange feeling to know that we won't put any foot on German ground in the next months!
    Due to our host in Dresden, we fell in love with Warmshowers on the first occasion. Many thanks to Marcus, we're super grateful. Thanks again for showing us around, for the dinners, and the rich conversations.
    Behind Dresden, the mountains of Saxon Switzerland pushed us to our limits, but the descents were absolutely breathtaking (we've never rode a bike with almost 60km/h before).
    Tomas from Usti nad Labem, you made our first night in Czechia very comfortable. We'll keep our fingers crossed that you'll cycle to China one day.
    Now we're on a camping spot just before Prague where we enjoy Saturday evening with the Czechs, live music and a few beers.
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  • Day35

    Auf wiedersehen Deutschland

    January 18, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Well we had to get up a bit earlier today as we needed to pack up. A quick walk to the bakery, it was a bit too dark to look for squirrels. Always seems daunting packing and tidying up, but we always get it done with time to spare. Today we caught a bus as this is the easiest way to get from Nürnberg to Prague. It's nearly a 4hr trip, we left at 11.15am. It was a double decker bus and we had reserved seat tickets. There was only one other person on the bus and would you believe directly across from us, and she had a cold. Grrr. The trip went reasonably quick, we had made our lunch for the trip. The scenery was either forests or vast fields of snow covered fields. It reminded me of our sandy paddocks. Instead of looking for squirrels it was deer, I found some. We arrived in Prague about 3pm, it was a bit scary, a completely different country and we haven't been here before. We found our hotel easily and we have an apartment. It is very nice and the kids have their own rooms, which I think is long overdue. Our next chore was to find a supermarket and shop. There is no way you can work out words as it is a very different language. Then we have the money, we withdrew 15,000 koruna's which is the equivalent to 555 euros or 786 australian dollars. Our groceries came to 526 korunas, I don't think I will get my head around the money. Well, we found some chicken for tea. The good thing over in Europe most places have a picture of a chook or a cow etc. I'm not sure how we ever survived without google translate. The buildings here are different from the other counties we have visited. They are uniformed and ornate, looking forward to seeing more of Prague. Luckily the hotel has a computer for Kellie to use as she is trying to sort out her Uni stuff, which is a bit mind boggling. Hopefully we will be able to sort it out. On the plus side we have a comfortable lounge first time since we have been away. So it should be a comfortable last few days.

    Photo 1 - Scenery from the bus
    Photo 2 - A few deer along the way
    Photo 3 & 4 - Prague
    Photo 5 - Czech money
    Photo 6 - Prague weather for the next few days.
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  • Day36

    Our first taste of Prague

    January 19, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Well Dave and I fell asleep looking at the stars. Our bedroom has a slanted roof and a window above our bed. We woke up to a frosted window. Breakfast is included in our accommodation. A few different things for breakfast, like pea soup, apples and custard. We had arranged a walking tour for our first day to get our bearings. We were picked up at 9.30am and joined the English speaking group at 10am. It was -7°C and stayed that way all day, but the sun was shining. We had a look around the castle and then had a quick toilet stop and a time to grab a coffee to warm up a bit. Then we made our way down to the river for a boat cruise and there we could either have an icecream or a cake thing. The cake was gingerbread with jam in the middle then covered in chocolate. It didn't taste like gingerbread to us. I couldn't wait to get my coffee to wash it down, then when I got my coffee I needed the cake to get the coffee down. The coffee was like an expresso shot with a drop of milk. A bit more of a walk then we had lunch in a medieval themed restaurant. We had 2 courses of traditional Czech food, 3 choices of soup and 7 choices for the main meal. Luckily for the kids there was chicken noodle soup and roast chicken. We finished the tour about 4pm, we made our way back to our apartment, doing a bit of shopping for tea. We had a nice day sight seeing and we all like Prague so far. It's going to be a late night tonight as Kellie has to go online and work out her classes for uni.

    Photo 1 - View of Prague from the castle
    Photo 2 - Charles Bridge
    Photo 3 - Our morning tea
    Photo 4 - My lunch, roast pork with potato dumpling some other dumpling and saurkraut.
    Photo 5 - Medieval Restaurant
    Photo 6 - Astronomical clock
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  • Day57

    Prague, Czech Republic!

    August 22, 2016 in Czech Republic

    Vicky's brother Ali was visiting Prague with his friend Tom so we crossed over the Czech / German border and went to meet them!

    We were greeted at the border with advertisements for casinos, erotic cities and cigarettes. We were also soon to discover that when there were roadworks taking place, there weren't diversions like in Germany, there were sections of unsurfaced road for you to drop on to and rumble along! After a rather hair raising drive with more than one car coming towards us in the middle of the road and seemingly random speed limits with no distinct end, we arrived at the campsite we'd booked on an island in the River Vltava, just 4.5km out of Prague city centre.

    We cycled into the centre (no riverside cycle track this time!) and met up with Ali and Tom at the hotel. We ate out and explored Prague by night. Prague is a truly beautiful city and we'd definitely recommend viewing by night as well as by day.

    After having spent nearly 2 months away from the UK, we were struck by the number of people speaking English! Even approaching midnight there were huge crowds of tourists speaking innumerable langauges. Whilst German is the Czech Republic's second language, the capital city was set up for tourists with English as a first and second language.

    We took a stroll over the famous Charles Bridge with its 12 statues, checked out Czech beer in a few pubs (very tasty!) and discovered some full size bronze horses that Vicky hopped up on and started a trend!
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  • Day58

    Prague, Day 2

    August 23, 2016 in Czech Republic

    This full day in Prague was fast paced with Tom acting as our guide having holidayed in the city many times previously.

    With 3-day travel passes we went from place to place via the city's wonderfully frequent tram system. The tickets even took us up the steep wooded hillside via a funicular railway to gardens in an area called Petrin overlooking the city. A miniature Eiffel tower perched atop this hill provided us with panoramic views after we scaled its 60m high spiral staircase.

    On our way back down the hill we 'happened to pass' the St Norbert brewery and so felt it would be rude not to pop in and sample the produce! Back down in the city centre Tom's expert timing brought us to the astronomical clock on the hour, at which point its many figures became animated as the bells chimed away. After a quality burger we trammed it back to the campsite and chilled outside with Poppy dog.
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  • Day59

    Prague, Day 3

    August 24, 2016 in Czech Republic

    Day 3 saw a slowing down in pace. We still toured the city sights but we returned to a river island Will and I knew from a few years back when our old van had been out of action at a garage and we had brought the dogs down to the river to keep cool. Vicky went for a paddle and Will, being Will, went for a swim.

    We had lunch at one cafe then went on to have cakes, coffee and ice tea at the beautifully grand Kavárna Obecnì Dům cafe.

    After relaxing back at the van, we walked to Jelica, a nearby Serbian restaurant that served delicious food (despite not having several options on the menu), seemed well used by locals and had a upbeat atmosphere.

    A pub called 'The Pub' was our next destination (as you might have picked up we had allowed ourselves a holiday from our normal attempt to immerse ourselves in the traditional culture of the country we we in). The Pub was a self service establishment with beer taps at the tables for you to serve yourself alcoholic or non alcoholic beer. The amounts were measured and the bar worker printed out a bill for you to pay at the end of the night!
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Hlavní město Praha, Hlavni mesto Praha, Praga, Prague ville-capitale, Hlavní Mesto Praha

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