Pivo'ing Prague

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
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Trip End Jun 01, 2009


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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Today is castle day. I headed up to Prague Castle which is the biggest castle complex in the world. I survived a noon time changing of the guard ceremony as it brought the worst out in humankind. First of all, when it starts, a loud siren goes off that lasts for ages. It sounds like we are under nuclear attack. Then masses of people literally run to the area where they are performing the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. The guards march over to the guys standing in their booths and tap their weapons to the ground and swap places. During this the Guard band pays music in the windows. Well, this is my version as I was at the back of the over zealous crowd. It runs every hour although the noon puts on a bigger show.

I specifically came a little later in the afternoon as I read the crowds aren't as bad, but they were still pretty bad to me. I went over to St Vitus Cathedral, which was quite impressive. It is massive! Construction began in 1344 but wasn't finished until 1929. The stained windows were beautiful and one was designed by this character Mucha who is Prague's beloved artist. There was this one tomb belonging to St John of Nepomuk that had 2 tons of silver on it. Another church on the complex was St George basilica which was built in 1142. I liked this one better as it wasn't as flashy as the others. Golden Lane is a street in the castle complex that used to be where merchants sold their wares. Kafka also apparently lived in no. 22. The houses had all these small little doorways that really showed how short people were back then.

After the castle I walked over to the Strahov Monastery and went to a beer hall where monks brew their own beer. The beer was expensive, but it was one of the best beers I have had. It was called Sv Norbert, it was almost double of what I have payed for beer elsewhere, but it was worth it! After that I walked over to Petrin Hill and enjoyed views up top the hill. Down below is Lennon wall which I had to pay tribute to as I am a huge Lennon fan.

It is pretty cold and cloudy here the last 2 days. I hope it warms up again. I headed back to the hostel and got ready for dinner. Michael, Andrew and I headed out to the same place as last and it was such a bargain compared to the prices in the Old Town. Headed back to the hostel and met up with Svetlana and Stewart-a couple from London, Kevin and some other guy I don't remember the name of. We ended up drinking until pretty late and I felt it the next day!
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