Prague: Czech!

Trip Start May 24, 2010
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Trip End Jul 21, 2010


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We "Czech"-ed into Prague mid-afternoon. We dropped our bags off at the hostel and went in search of things to do in the Old Town Center.  There we saw the Astronomical Clock which keeps track of multiple versions of time, the Bohemian in addition to the traditional Roman time.  We also came across Black Light Theater and bought tickets for that evening.  In the few hours we had before the show, we decided to sample the original Czech Budweiser, Budvar, at U Medvidku, the brewery's flagship beer hall.  Creighton liked it much better than the American (now Belgium) knock-off.  We then headed back towards the theater and stumbled across the World Cup Fan Center, with big screens to watch the games, food and drink stands, and a few soccer-themed activities.  Creighton convinced Kelly to put her time in Texas to good use and ride the large, mechanical-bull-like soccer ball.  Kelly had good form, but like others, was eventually knocked off.  We then headed to our show at the Image Black Light Theater.  The show, The Cabinet, was entertaining, switching between a panamimed comedy and illusion-inducing black light dance routines.  After the show, we had dinner at Restaurace Mlejnice (The Mill) which served traditional Czech fare.  Creighton had beef goulash in a bread bowl and Kelly had the pork with plum sauce.  Both were quite delicious!

The next day, we walked towards Castle Hill, crossing over the famous Charles Bridge.  We then ventured up the hill and into the St. Vitus Cathedral.  The cathedral is very impressive and contains many interesting stained glass windows in a unique style different than other churches we’ve seen on our adventure.  It even contains a stained glass window by the Art Nouveau Czech-artist, Alfons Mucha.  Since we enjoyed the views of the city from above, we decided to continue our exploration of the city by venturing to a large metronome that we saw towering over the city from Old Town Square.  We eventually made it to the metronome, finding it less interesting than we imagined.  However, we later found out that where the metronome stands, there used to be a 100-foot tall statue of Stalin.  The metronome represents the message that for every power there’s a time to go, which we found interesting.  Luckily, the walk through the beautiful park looking down on the Vltava River added to the journey.  By then, we were quite hungry and ventured back down to the Old Town for lunch at Kavarna Obecni Dum, a beautiful chandelier-filled, art nouveau café in the Municipal House.  On our walk back to the hostel, Creighton was amused to see an interesting message on an LED sign, reminding Kelly of his computer science background (see picture).  That evening, we decided to have dinner at a restaurant sponsored by the Society of Czech Fishermen, Restaurace Rybarsky Klub.  Overlooking the Vltava River, we both enjoyed trout dishes and watched riverboats queue for the locks as the sun set over the Charles Bridge.  We returned to the hostel, anxious for a good night’s sleep before our early train to Cesky Krumlov.  Instead, we were hapless bystanders to the hostel’s staff’s private anniversary party which was still going when we left for our train the next morning.  Although we were not allowed to attend the festivities, we were still able to see and hear the 4am firework display.  Needless to say, we were thankful for our early train out so we could catch some sleep on the train.
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Mary Anne Wherry on

Terrific pictures! I used to order Budvar at a Czech restaurant in Wiesbaden, and loved it. Thank you for having Sacher Torte in Vienna! Keep having fun!

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