Pardon me, do you have the time?

Trip Start Apr 04, 2013
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Trip End Apr 20, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Now that I am in a new country, there are so many new things to figure out. There are little customs or differences like taking your shoes off at the door or looking to go underground in order to cross the street that take some time getting accustomed to.

First things first, I needed a bite to eat. I hate to say that I stopped my a McCafe but it was close by and easy to order from. Most people working here speak English but sometimes it is very difficult to understand through the thick accent.
 
The first part of town I journeyed to was Stare Mesto which is Old Town. There is a famous horse statue there that serves as the meeting place and despite not meeting anyone there today, I wanted to check it out for myself.

Walking further into Old Town, I couldn't help but notice the architecture. Everywhere I would look would be some hidden gem hidden into the architecture. It's just not something you see in American architecture since it isn't built to last many hundreds of years. Lining the streets here are many shops, but much different than I had seen on my last two stops. Instead of the many cafes and Italian leather shops it is Czech glass, garnet jewelry and beer pubs. I was surprised a bit by how inexpensive things are here. It really must help them to not be on the Euro. A healthy pint of beer near where I am staying is less that $2 and is really good beer.

One site I had to make sure I saw early was the astronomical clock. Since it was nearing the top of the hour, I headed to Old Town Square to see what all the fuss was about. Hundreds flock every hour on the hour to see this famous clock in action. The clock wasn't as large as I expected but is really neat to see what all was designed into it. It was carved over 600 years ago and tells not only the time of day but also the astrological sign. Also on the top of the hour, carved wooden figures appear which is what draws all the crowds. Clocks are their thing in the Czech Republic. Everywhere you turn is another clock hidden in a tower or building. I guess

With the weather being fairly nice, I decided to meet Anna for a bike ride. She was nice enough to let me borrow a friends bike and showed me a bit of Prague that isn't in the guide books. We rode a bike trail full of kids and adults of all ages riding bikes and rollerblading near the river. It was such a nice ride and was nice to get a little exercise to burn off a little of all the rich food and drink I have been consuming.

Of course when in Prague, you must see some of the nightlife. There were four of us in the B&B last night that decided to go to a place called Palac Ackropolis. It was very busy but it had a great mix of music. In one room was a dj, and in another were several instruments playing to a dj. After a few pints and cocktails later we ventured to another place called Red Eye. This is a great name for a Prague bar because you can smoke in them and all are extremely smokey. Around 3 am we couldn't take the smoke anymore and decided to call it a night. I guess I forgot how bad the smoke was in the US since it is nearly banned indoors.
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