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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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  • Day44

    Prague - should have been 4 nights

    August 26, 2016 in Czech Republic

    I did a selfie.

    Wow, what a beautiful, lively and very historic city - just incredible. Rode down from Teplice, again staying on back roads. Stopped at a village for lunch and asked for a cup of tea. Got a very quizzical look and ended up with a large glass of lukewarm water, a tea bag and a couple of satchels of milk - ahh well, it was ok.

    I was actually a bit apprehensive about going into Prague but a guy at a motorbike shop in in Dresden said I was crazy if I didn't. Him - "You go to Prague ya?" Me - "probably not". Him - "ya you go to Prague , if no you a #€$&@#%*&&@£€¥%^#¥ crazy Aussie". Some of it was in English, some in German and some from every language he knew a swear word from. Then he turned to another guy in the shop, and I'm guessing, told him "this $&@$ dumb Aussie is riding into the Czech Republic and not going to Prague". Well, I thought I'd already learnt a few new words I probably wouldn't get to use very often, but this guy was a linguist without compare, and a very good mime as well (maybe Italian?). Anyway, that's pretty much how I ended up coming to Prague.

    And they were right... what fabulous place. Cathederals, jewish ghetto, statues and monuments, bridges, worlds biggest castle, riverside cafes, restaurants, clubs, high end stores, horse-drawn carts, hyper sports cars, cobble stone streets, sex shops and people, ordinary everday people, having beer with breakfast (not me obviously, and not beer for breakfast either). I did a walking tour the first day and used that to work out what to go back and see. You could easily fill a few weeks here.

    Stayed in a small studio apartment (centre of town) clean comfortable with satellite TV, kitchenette and private locked parking for about $80 a night - pretty cheap.

    I had heard about the "Lennon" wall without paying too much attention thinking with the Czech Republic's communist and Russian background it would be that "Lenin". (Lenin/Lennon - bloody Czech accent). Well it turns out it was the "John Lennon" wall. A place, during communist rule, where students and others used to write and paint images and words of peace and change mostly based on Beatles/Lennon lyrics. The previous communist regieme tried for ages to cover it over and there were many clashes and protests. In the end they gave up. When I visited there were heaps of people singing (mainly "imagine" like bad karaoke) and milling around - a peaceful spot that fits in with the city.

    I went for a walk about late one night and got a bit lost - not only a great city, but seems a safe one, I did go down a few dark alleys looking for a way out and no-one approached me. Hell I even got offered drugs in Nimbin on a Good Friday!!!!!

    Anyway one of the best places I've ever visited, thanks to a couple of world class swearers!!!!

    Next stop Brno, 3 days after the Motogp, hows that for timing.

    Cheers
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  • Day19

    Pretty Prague

    August 17, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Dobrý den, Praha (Hello, Prague). We arrived in Prague late last night, after nearly a 4 hour delay. We were then delayed getting our baggage for another 30-40mins. Lucky our Air b&b host came to the rescue and picked us up from the airport. So this morning was the first time that we were able to explore the city.

    Prague, the city of a hundred spires; apparently that has grown to five hundred since the nineteenth century. Prague is such a pretty city and it seems that every turn you make there is another photo opportunity.

    From Praha 4, we walked into the old town, travelled by the Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), Prague astronomical clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Jewish Quarter and the Dancing House.

    For some reason, people kept thinking that we were Russian tourists. There are a lot of Russian tourists here at the moment (along with many Spanish and Italian tourists. I'm not sure there's too many Spaniards left in Spain at the moment). What is it about us that makes people think we're German or Russian? Ne ruský, australský (not Russian, Australian).
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  • Day11

    Prague

    July 28, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Another day for sight seeing. Weather looks better...thank goodness. Took a cruise on the river Moldau through Old Prague. We sat in the front of course. We went on a smaller boat which took us through some smaller waterways which reminded me of Venice. But this is Cleaner! Some dark clouds hover over head.

  • Day12

    Prague

    July 29, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Show time. Went to Fantastika Black Light Theatre to see ^Aspects of Alice^. Boy are we getting educated by hanging out with John & Ainsley. It's a pantomime.....first time we have been to One! Interesting! Also lots of live music playing in the squares.

  • Day10

    Ptrague

    July 27, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Prague 26-30 July. 2017.
    ur first day in Prague. Staying at Ramada hotel in Wenceslas Square in the heart of the city. Beautiful old hotel with old style bedroom. Great Breakfast! Here for 4 days. Weather is nice today...thank goodness. Went around the Old town square and to the Charles bridge. All the cobblestone and paved walkways are a Killer! Wounder how many twisted ankles happen.......touch wood....not me I Hope!Read more

  • Day12

    Prague

    July 29, 2017 in Czech Republic

    The Charles Bridge is a great tourist attraction. It joins the historic quarters of Stare Mentor and Mala Strana. Heaps of tourists. Also artists line the bridge selling painting,jewelry and playing music. Religious statues also line the bridge on both sides .

  • Day10

    HOW TO SPEND FOUR DAYS IN PRAGUE

    August 16, 2016 in Czech Republic

    HOW TO SPEND FOUR DAYS IN PRAGUE

    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time, and the crowds show no signs of abating.

    Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-style nightlife, and a hint of romance. The city holds a special place in my heart: it was the first city I backpacked through on my round-the-world trip in 2006. It was where I stayed at my first genuine hostel, the first place I was on my own, and the first place I went to where signs weren’t in English. I grew as a traveler here.

    After many years away, I was happy to come back not once, but twice this year. A lot has changed — there are more tourists, prices are higher, the food is more international, and more foreigners live in the city. But the city’s essence — all the cliché stuff (cobblestone streets, quaint medieval houses, incredible charm) that makes Prague Prague — is still there, and I was happy to reconnect with the city.

    After spending weeks roaming the city, today’s blog post puts the best Prague has to offer into a manageable four-day itinerary. If you are looking for a way to organize your trip, this itinerary, like previous ones I’ve put together, will help you do so.

    Day 1

    Take a free walking tour
    Walking tours are a smart way to orient yourself to a new city, learn some history, and hear about the main attractions. There are a TON of free walking tours in Prague, so you’ll have plenty of options. All the tour companies meet near the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square at 10 a.m. and last about three hours. They will give you an overview of the main sites like the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter, and more.

    My favorite company is New Europe. They operate free tours around Europe and tend to have upbeat guides and lots of historically accurate information.

    Visit Prague Castle

    The famous Prague Castle is the next logical place to visit, since all the walking tours end near this popular sight. The castle, which lords over the city, consists of multiple sections: St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, The Story of Prague Castle, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, the Powder Tower, and Rosenberg Palace. You can buy a ticket to any or all of these sights from the box office. The most famous structure is St. Vitus Cathedral — this is the large building you see when you look up at the castle from outside the city walls.

    Walk around Petrín Park

    Petrín Park is the city’s biggest and most beautiful park, with sweeping views of Prague. You’ll find a garden, a maze, and a lookout tower that looks like the Eiffel Tower. What I love about this expansive park is how easy it is to get lost among the trees. Paths meander throughout, and it’s a relaxing contrast to the crowds of the historic center. Keep in mind that this park is on a big hill and walking to the top can be strenuous. There is a funicular that can take you down (and up) the hill if you don’t feel like making the trek.

    Visit the John Lennon Wall

    After Pet?ín Park, head down towards Kampa, a neighborhood by the river, and visit the John Lennon Wall. Toward the end of Communism in the 1980s, students started writing John Lennon lyrics on this wall as a way to air their grievances. Today, the wall represents love and peace. Tourists are allowed to write or paint on it too.

    Day 2

    Explore the Old Town Square

    Though you got an overview of the Old Town Square during your walking tour, today you can savor the square’s attractions in detail. Some of the highlights include:

    Hanging out in the square — The people-watching is unbeatable as tourists, families, students, and touts pass through the square. Sit on one of the benches, eat a sandwich, and enjoy! Moreover, there are a number of talented musicians — ranging from jazz musicians to Scottish bagpipe players, and everything in between — that perform in the square.
    Astronomical Clock — Watch the most overhyped attraction in all of Prague! While the hourly chime that people line up for is anticlimactic, the detail and artistry of the clock make it one of the most beautiful in Europe.
    Visit the churches — The beautiful Tyn and St. Nicholas churches ring the square. St. Nicholas is open all day, but Tyn is only open in the mornings and late afternoons.
    Explore the catacombs — Under the Old Town Hall, you’ll find a series of catacombs worth exploring. They were the first level of the medieval houses that used to be in the square. Now, they are an exhibit (enter through the tourism office) showcasing medieval life.

    Take an underground Prague tour

    Prague Underground Tours runs an underground tour of the medieval houses in the city center. There are many catacombs in Prague, and this tour, though short, provides detailed history about medieval Prague.

    Day 3

    Take a day trip to Kutná Hora

    Kutná Hora was an important center for silver mining in medieval Bohemia. It helped keep the kings of Prague rich. Now the town is famous for its creepy bone church, Sedlec Ossuary, which contains 40,000-70,000 bones. Since the church takes only about 15 minutes to see, head into the historic city center to see some of Kutná Hora’s other attractions, including marvelous medieval churches, overlooks, well-preserved streets, and a large town square. It’s a small and quiet town that feels like Prague without the crowds.

    Day 4

    Walk up the river back into town

    From the castle, you can take a nice walk along the river back into the center of town. There are walking and bikes paths as well as places to stop, sit, and maybe read a book. It’s mostly locals around here, despite it being about 20 minutes from the city center.

    Visit the Powder Tower

    Back in town, be sure to check out this medieval tower, one of the original 13 city gates. Construction began in 1475 and, during the 17th century, the tower used to store gunpowder. It was heavily damaged in 1757 and most of the sculptures on it were replaced in 1876.

    Prague has been one of my favorite cities in the world since I first visited in 2006. Though there is a constant mass of tourists, Prague’s magnificence will always make this touristy city one worth visiting. And hopefully this itinerary will help.
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  • Day24

    Jemniste Chateau

    June 12, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Arrived at Jemniste Chateau about 10am. Our programme included, a falconry display, a tour of the chateau, lunch and time to explore the 13ha grounds with zoo (wallabies and cockatoos included). We were welcomed with a drink by the owner. Between the communists and the Russian 'liberators' most of these places were usurped. It's only fairly recently that many have gone back to their rightful owners. The present owner lives in one wing and we toured the rest. The gardens are spectacular. The main course at lunch was wild boar. We were assured that the owner or his son would have hunted and shot it.

    The highlight for me was the falconry display. The first birds were falcons. They soared and dived after lures - they are so fast! Next a Golden Eagle. The falconer rode his horse away from us, pulled on the rein and the horse lay down with the falconer getting clear at the last minute. Some meat was placed on the horse's flank and the eagle sent off. It landed on the horse which didn't budge. In fact, it seems the horse was quite comfortable and refused the falconer's urging to get up. It was suggested that our applause might get it up - it did. Next, an Eagle Owl but it didn't fly. The real bonus was that we were encouraged to go up and 'meet' the birds.

    J&J
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nové Město, Nove Mesto, Prager Neustadt, New Town, Нове-Места, Nova Urbo, Pragako Hiri Berria, Újváros, Città Nuova, 노베메스토, Nieuwe Stad, Nowe Miasto, Нове-Место, Нове Мєсто, 布拉格新城

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