Quick run through Prague

Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
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Trip End Mar 18, 2013

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, December 24, 2012

Greetings everyone from Prague! Matt here.  We arrived in the city of Prague Saturday afternoon after a long and semi chaotic train ride from Berlin.  When booking the train tickets in advance, the website failed to mention the importance of paying for a seat reservation when purchasing a regular fare.  Apparently you are not guaranteed a seat even though you purchased a ticket, so until Dresden Germany, the three of us, with a few others, had to sit in the hallway of the cars (as seen in the photos), because the train was full.  An attendant saw our misery and led us to the very front where a room of six seats was not being used, and we were able to sit in comfort for the rest of the journey.

After we departed the station, we found our hostel a short distance up the road.  After getting settled in our nice hostel, we walked down to the river that cuts through the city, and followed it for a little while looking at all the beautiful gothic style statues and buildings that were all lit up.  Most impressive was Prague Castle, the largest castle in the world, which sits atop a hill overlooking the city.  We found a hole in the wall restaurant that offered authentic Czech food and beer (as seen in the photos).  We visited two Christmas markets that night, gorging on a new desert called trdlo, which is a hollowed out thinner version of a cinnamon roll with nutella spread in it (photo attached).  Very good! 

                The next day was tough, as it rained all day long.  As much as it rained, we didn't let this impact our desire to get out.  We bought some umbrellas and continued to walk around Old Town Square, which would be considered the downtown area.  While there, we got to visit the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock at the Staromestska Radnice Tower, the Hussite Church, and the Powder Gate.  From there we visited the Narodni Museum, which had an exhibit on the Austrian monarchy. 

                Later that night we went back to the square and climbed the Radnice Tower.  From there we got an amazing view of the Christmas market taking place in the square, as well as the rest of the city.  We then went to a beer tasting just down the street, where we met a couple from the US working in Germany.  During this tasting we got to sample 7 Czech beers, 3 that were mass produced, and 4 that were micro brews.  We had a great time learning about the beers, and talking with our new friends.

                On Christmas Eve we visited the Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral.  Both were very beautiful and fun to walk around.  Before heading to the station, we located our new favorite food of the trip, Doner Kebabs.  This delicious Turkish wrap includes lamb, two types of cabbage, lettuce, chili powder, and tzakizi (a mayo, yogurt, and dill sauce), was made before us, and was very delicious (as seen in the photos).  We headed towards the main train station to catch our train to Vienna in the afternoon, and had a beautiful ride out of the city.  We will miss this city for all its unique gothic statues, buildings, castles, and churches. 

Have a Merry Christmas!!
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Peggy on

thank you Matt! what great pictures you all are taking. I'm so glad that you all set up this blog. Merry Christmas!

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