On Friday morning, Luke and I woke up very early to catch a taxi at 4:15am to the airport. We had an exciting, but long, trip ahead of us, so we had the energy to get moving! Our first stop on the itinerary was Prague, which was one of my top places to visit.
We flew to Frankfurt, Germany for a 1.5 hour layover before flying to Prague. If you have never flown to and through Frankfurt before, the airport is HUGE! Let's just, when I got home, I looked up the distance online and it came out to 3.5 miles long. If you aren't on one of the massive planes, you depart the airplane and get on a bus that takes you to the area of the airport where you go through customs. And in our case, we then had to walk over a mile to get to our next gate. Awesome! And this was the time when Luke informed me I needed to learn to say thank you in other languages. Dankeschön!
When we arrived in Prague, we did not have to go through customs, so it was quick for us to find our way to the bus that would take us to town. I had already done a currency exchange in Aberdeen, so we were not worried about cash. Both of us were hungry for lunch, so we found a place to eat around the corner from our flat in which we were staying. Right away I noticed massive amounts of graffiti everywhere.
|Luke with his luggage for the next 16 days.|
Almost every building in the city had graffiti on it. No where in my research of Prague was this mentioned.
|In our flat, getting ready to explore Prague!|
This is the Charles Bridge and what it looks like on a normal day.
|This is what the Charles Bridge looks like at 8am. Empty!|
|Lennon (John) Wall with purposeful graffiti - read about it|
|Bridge to Kampa Island which is full of Love Locks - read about love locks|
|These babies were on display outside of a museum.|
|Taking the view of the city by the Vltava River|
|Prague has amazing architecture!|
Prague is the home to the oldest working Astronomical Clock. The clock does a performance every hour and we were lucky enough to walk up right before the hour. Wikipedia site of the clock.
|Walking up to Old Town Square. You can see the clock in the mid-left.|
Left: The Astronomical Clock
Right: You can climb the Clock Tower, but we chose not to.
After finding something to eat for dinner, we were both pretty tired from getting up early, so we were ready to call it a night.
|Buildings next to the Charles Bridge|
The grounds consisted of a large beautiful building, gardens and ponds.
|The interior of one wall had monster-like sculptures on it. It was very weird, but very cool!|
|About 6 beautiful peacocks freely roamed the gardens. Some were colorful and some were white.|
Above is the Jewish Cemetery. Click here for the history on Wikipedia of the grounds. Very interesting.
Left: Old-New Synagogue
Right: Spanish Synagogue
It took a while to get this picture of Luke without people in the way.
We decided that we would go up the Powder Tower to get some views of the city. It was foggy, so we couldn't get the best views. But at least we got in a little exercise!
|At the top, there was a room full of armor.|
|View from the top.|
|This was one of many towers in Prague, and we chose to climb this one.|
Left: Another tower in town
Middle: Jubilee Synogogue... it was so colorful! Wish we could have gone in.
Right: A church we ran into while walking... dont know the name though.
Left: Prague National Museum, largest in the Czech Republic
Right: Walking in Wenceslas Square
We walked through a few more markets and checked out the souvenirs and specialty items they had to offer.
|A cabinet of Absinthe|
Taking a leg rest while drinking and watching the clock.
|Preparing the absinthe|
Let's just say, I took much longer to drink mine than Luke did.
And then the Hemmingway Bar was opened, so we had a few drinks there before going back to the flat for bed time.
On Sunday, I woke up for a short 2 mile jog along the river before we headed out to see the Prague Castle. The castle lies on a hill, and isn't actually a castle that you would picture. The castle consists of a few different sites that make up the castle. When we walked up to the entrance to the grounds, it was almost time for the Guard change, so no one was allowed to enter through the main gate. It was still 15 minutes to go before the change, and we didn't want to wait, so we walked through a side entrance.
After purchasing our tickets that granted us entrance into most of the sights, we stood for a few minutes in awe at the sight of St. Vitus' Cathedral. And best of all, the bells were ringing for noon'o'clock! So amazing!
The line to enter the church was long and around the corner, so we decided to start elsewhere.
Left: Vladislav Hall
Middle: Town on Castle hill
Right: Long hallway with armor
Afterward, we walked along the side of the hill for some amazing views of the city. Still foggy, but great views!
|our only picture together in Prague|
It was already 2:30pm, so we went back to Old Town for a snack and beer. We walked along the river and attempted to go see an actual castle, but discovered it was much farther than we thought. We wondered the streets which is the most fun part of Prague! We had a few drinks and an early dinner in the meantime before heading back to the flat for the night.
|This is how to beggars ask for money. They lay kneel on the ground without moving .|
|Before this picture, a little girl almost got bitten while trying to feed the swans bread.|
See you in Munich folks!
Why do I love Prague? Cobblestone streets, small alleys and the architecture
Exchange rate during our visit: 1 Czech Koruna = $0.05
The Prague Castle is the largest castle area in the world.