Ahh Praha!

Trip Start May 20, 2007
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Trip End Jun 25, 2007


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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

(Shawn...you said you wanted lots of Prague pics...here you go)

Arrived in Prague late afternoon, checked into U Medviku Hotel- a brewer from the 1400s and one of the originators of Budvar (nothing like its watered down namesake Budweiser)
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Dinner at U Medviku's Beer Garden.
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(late night internet in the lobby!!!)
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(Woke up to the most horrific smell of my life- still don't know what it was but I know I wont be eating any sausage for a long time)
 
 Decided to do an English Walking Tour to get the most of this place.  Met four college kids- 2 guys from University of Florida, off to law school in the fall, and 2 girls from Marquette.
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New Town (Nove Mesto):  Wenceslas Square- horse statue
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National Museum
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Memorial for 2 students who burned themselves to death in this square in to stand up against Soviet/Communist rule in 1969
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Hotel Europa- Tom Cruise stayed her while filming Mission Impossible... even the crazy Czechs know he crazy!!!
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Old Town (Stare Mesto):  Cobblestone pedestrian walk (was the site of the 7 meter ditch dug to keep the poor working class in New Town separated from the aristocrats in Old Town)
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Mozart's Don Giovonni was written/performed here
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Charles University, 1345 (oldest in Eastern Europe)
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Clock Tower in Old Town Square       (video coming soon?)
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Jewish Quarter: the walls of this synagogue have the names of all the Czech Jews killed during the Holocaust.  Upstairs are drawings from several of the 8,000 Czech children that were killed.
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Prague Castle......................and the view from it!!!
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Changing of the Czech Guards...
(way better than the one at Buckingham Palace... these dudes were cracking up!)
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Oldest foundation in the Czech Republic (around 800AD)
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Saint Vitus Cathedral (St. Vitus was boiled in oil- hence the 'St. Vitus Dance')
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Our crazy Czech tour guide
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11 hour Night Train to Munich....(SOOOOO happy to be leaving, sorry Shawn!)
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