Prague - Part 2

Trip Start May 30, 2012
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Trip End Nov 07, 2012


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

We did things right on our third day in Prague. We took a tram to the castle grounds and bought our ticket to view four attractions right at 9am when they opened. Our ticket included the Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane, and the Bascilica. The castles in Prague are not one big building, but are large areas enclosed by a huge wall, complete with a cathedral, a cemetery, houses and a Palace. The Palace and Cathedral were interesting to see, but our favourite part of Prague Castle goes to the Golden Lane. It is basically the living quarters of the soldiers and servants who worked at the castle. The twist was that everyone who lived there seemed to be very little. I had to duck to go through some of the doors and the houses had beds that would be too short for Jess. We were free to walk up and down the road where all the houses were, and higher up on the castle wall where they had different armour suits and weapons on display along the length of the wall. At the end of the wall were some extravegant dresses, Jess' favourite part. They also had a torture section, and only one privy for the whole street, which was just a hole, high up on the wall. The rest of the day we took it easy walking down some old town streets. One street called Nerudova does not have house numbers for addresses. Instead they have pictures of something which represents the particular family that lived there.  

Our fourth day in Prague started early, for me at least. Because of my fascination with bridges, I had a moment of weakness and decided to get up at 6am and go see Charles Bridge before the crowds got to it. So I ran down to Charles Bridge, snapping some pics as I got closer. Because of the sun's low angle, the bridge was nicely lit up on one side. I got to the bridge around 6:40am and I counted only 14 people on the whole bridge! I got some nice pictures, but sorry none with Jess' iPod for the blog. After I walked around for a bit, I joined Jess back at the house at about 9 and had breakfast. Later Jess and I walked to a different part of Prague where we saw the National Theatre, the Fred and Ginger dancing building, a unique church that looked like it had dragon horns, and the botanical gardens. We also saw VyseHrad, another castle in Prague, smaller than Prague castle, but still way bigger than we thought it would be. There was a path that we could walk along the top of the castle wall, and beautiful gardens which made for a rather nice stroll.

We planned to meet Martina after our walk at a restaurant called Pod Slavinem. My parents treated Martina, Jess and I to an awesome tradtional Czech dinner (thank you parents). We tried Czech goulash, plain potato dumplings, potato pancakes, salmon, dumplings with bacon and sourcrout, and the real Plisner beer! Soooo good, and very large portions. We had lunch for the next day too. The whole meal for the three of us came to about $34 Canadian. The meal was a nice way to finish our stay in Prague.

Ryan     
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Auntie Karen on

Awesome picture's with humor too. Keep up the great stories and pictures, they are very educational and entertaining.

Nana on

Ditto to what A.Karen said----I'm really loving traveling with you two!! XX

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