Mike's birthday in Praha!

Trip Start Nov 02, 2010
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Trip End Jan 15, 2011


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

One of the places Mike has always wanted to go is Prague -so that's where we went for his birthday.  A new country for both of us!  Praha is what the Czech people call Prague and it's the capitol and biggest city in the country of the Czech Republic.  When you drive in, it is VERY industrialized and urban.  Take a few turns towards Old Town, though and you are all of the sudden in the 1300's...So beautiful.

Prague has such an amazing history.  The first day we were there we went on a walking tour led by a boy who goes to the University there.  His English was perfect and the way he told us about his home kept us interested for the entire 3 hr walk.  For any history buffs, here's the quick and oversimplified rundown:  Prague seems to have changed hands and gov'ts every couple hundred years.  King Charles from the 14th century had the biggest positive impact on the country - so most things in town are named after him.  Our guide goes to Charles University which King Charles created in 1348 and was the 1st college in Europe.  He still goes to school in the same place today over 600 yrs later!  The famous bridge in town is the Charles Bridge.  It is a work of art with massive statues every few feet or so but it's also pivotal to their history.  Battles for the city have taken place on the bridge, influential people have been thrown off of the bridge, and now they sell tourist trinkets on the bridge.  Prague has a distinct way of disposing of rulers when they are overthrown.  They call it "defenestration" which loosely translates to "we huck them out of windows from the top floor of the castle."  We got to tour Prague Castle which is one of the best preserved in Europe.  You can actually take a look out of the windows to see just how far down it was for the guys that got tossed.  Their last revolution in 1989, when they overthrew the totalitarian communist regime, was called the "Velvet Revolution" because it was considered non-violent. 

The Czech food is still what we would consider very Eastern European...it fills you up and they serve it in bulk, but flavor is not a huge part of the meal.  We mostly ate some variation of Czech/Italian.  I did have a Nutella crepe from some street vendor that might have been my favorite food so far.  Prage and the Czech Republic's specialty is beer - which is why Mike wanted to go there so much.  I have to admit that I don't think beer tastes good, but when they physically make it in the restaurant and bring it out to you - it's actually not that bad.  Mike was in heaven...

It was chilly, but not cold - and rained the whole time we were there.  That's what hats and umbrellas are for, right? 

Be sure to check out our pictures below - if you click on them it will give you the caption.

Miss everybody!!!


Courtney & Mike


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Sarah on

Sounds wonderful!! the pics are great! I can't believe Mike is actually wearing closed toe shoes and no flippys!!

Steph on

Looks amazing. Go great to share this way!

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