Leaving Munich and heading towards Prague

Trip Start Feb 24, 2012
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Trip End Feb 28, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, April 5, 2010

I am sad leaving Munich, we had an awesome time here.  We got up early and went to the train satin at 8am.  We grabbed breakfast at the grand station, Mandy had a tomato/mozzarella/basil sandwich, and I had my favorite, white sausage in a baguette with mustard.  The train was supposed to leave at 9;20am, but it didn't show up until 9:18am. People were getting pretty anxious.  we had a nice 45 minute ride on the train and when we got to our exchange in Nuremberg, we had 15 minutes to get on the next train, but we couldn't find it.  So when we asked an attendant, he looked at the ticket and said, "this is not a train, this is a bus." Needless to say we were very surprised, so we sprinted out the front of the station to catch our bus.  We made it in plenty of time. We took a 3hour and 45minute 1st class bus ride to Prague.  I ordered a water and the women brought me a carbonated one, I wasn't able to drink any of it!
   The Prague Metro station was another matter though. After wandering around for 20minutes, not sure where to get what, we found a bank and exchange 159.00 for 3,000 Kroner.  Exchange rate for 18.7kroner for 1.00.  Then found a visitor center and got some helpful info. We were needing the A train, but the A train didn't leave from that station, so we figured out finally hot to purchase a ticket for the C metro to take it to the A metro.  While getting a ticket there was a man fishing in the machine and phones for change.  Finally made it to our metro stop on the A line, our Hotel Prague Castle was immediately across the street from the metro.  We have a great view of the castle on the hill above us and are very close to Charles Bridge.  Our hotel is great, we have a suite on the 1st floor.  I asked Mandy what the different between a suite and regular room and she said we have our own bathrooms, where the others don't.  Our room has elevated ceilings, 2 TVs with only 7 channels (2 in English).  CNN and MTV.  The room doesn't have a deadbolt, it locks with a Key and is a double door.  After making it to our room we left to get something to eat.  Went to a place a couple doors does, not sure of the name, a timer lithe place, everyone we have ran into can speak enough English, ordering is never a problem.  I had Spicy Goulash with roasted potatoes, it was really good, wiping up the goulash sauce with the potatoes was awesome.  Mandy had a grilled chicken breast (they called it chicken steak), asparagus, and roasted potatoes. 
   We then headed up to the castle, the path leading up was just a bloc away. The path leading up was just  block away.  the path was up hill all the way broken up by steps.  The view at the top was amazing.  We took plenty of pictures.  We went through the courtyards looking at all the buildings.  The most dramatic one of course was the cathedral.  It took 500 years to complete!  A nice women from Chicago took Mandy and I's picture in from it.  We walked through the cathedral and took pictures.  Didn't stay too long because we didn't have a guide and we couldn't read any of the signs because they were in Czech.  We took tons more pictures on our easy out of the front gate.  We found our way down thru the streets of the town to our hotel to change clothes.  It was getting dark and the wind was getting very cold.  
   We headed back out for the Jewish Cemetery, it was almost dark and we got some great pictures of the castle and Charles bridge. When we got to the Jewish cemetery we found that it was closed and would be for the next 2 days for a Jewish holiday.  Bummer, so we peeked through the gates and looked before heading back.  The amount of tombstones crammed together was unbelievable.  
  We waked back to the hotel and ate at the pizza place next door, Pizzeria Trinidat.  Great pizza, loved the crust.  Wood oven.  Then we were both tired so we went back to the room and crashed.  
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