Prague!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
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Trip End May 15, 2010


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, April 5, 2010

Today is easter monday. Here it is the "men's" day where they are allowed to whip women and throw water on them. The whips look like braided branches with colorful ribbons. The men whip the women for good luck and the women give them either a decorated egg or a shot of something. During our four hour walking tour we walked around the corner and there were two men waiting to whips us. Our tour guide is a certified world tour guide so he was good. 
We started off going to the second oldest monastery in Prague. The monastery has 15 full time monks living there. They have a small brewery to keep themselves afloat financially. We saw a house that had fake windows painted on it. They did this because back in the day tax increased as the number of windows increased. After the windows where painted the definition of windows where changed. We saw another monetary which during a war had cannons balls still in it. Next we saw a renaissance building where patterns where etched in to look 3d. After we saw the Prague castle where music was playing and the flag was up meaning the king was in residence. Its the same place President Obama will be signing a treaty in four days with Russia. After that we saw a church that had two towers connected by the body of the church. The two towers are different sizes, the one of the right is larger to represent Adam while the one on the left represents Eve. Afterwards we walked past Lennon's wall which is the only place in the city where you can do graffiti without getting fined. Next we walked over a bridge that had locks locked to it to symbolize the ever lasting love of couples. Across the bridge was a water marker for how high the water has gotten in the last couple of centuries (marking the highest floods), the last flood was in 2002 and the one prior to it was in the 1700s. Next we walked across the Charles Bridge which the view over looking the locks/dam was amazing. It was about a kilometer long and no cars are allowed on it. There was people selling paintings and a man playing music. We walked to a large square that had a clock tower which read three different times, with four hands. One read the hour, one read the minute and one was the astrological signs and finally the moon. In the square there were large vendors set up with all sorts of food (saw a roasted pig on a spit), sausage and decorated hand painted easter eggs. Also at the square there was a tree decorated with colorful ribbons, a petting zoo and a large easter eggs statue. Finally we went to the Jewish section. There are 6 synagogues but only one is used the rest are museums. There was a cemetery that they would bury the dead, but after a while they ran out of room, the Jews were looked down upon and were not allowed to buy anymore land. They put two feet of dirty over the dead than put a new layer of dead on top. They would than pull the head stones up further, they made 12 layers of dead so the cemetery is jam packed with headstones. There was also a clock tower next to the cemetery that has the hebrew numbers on it (you read hebrew right to left) so the clock is going counter clockwise with a "regular" clock above it. 
After our tour a few of us went and grabbed lunch. Paige ordered this special hot chocolate which had the same consistency and texture of pudding. It tasted like warm chocolate pudding before it settles. After lunch we walked around the square and got more food. They had warm red wine (it smelled like grape hot apple cider but was so gross), waffles (which were amazing), some sort of powdered dough (they took dough and wrapped it around a spit and cooked it over a fire till it was golden brown while coating it with butter than dipping it in sugar before eating it), pizza (deep fried pizza dough with tomato sauce and cheese on top), sausages, ham on a spit, chocolate covered bananas and candy. All these food booths were mixed in with shops selling all sorts of souvenirs, hand painted easter eggs, and a concert with elmo and the easter bunny. After sampling every type of food, we started walking toward the shopping streets. We caught the tower (with the tree different times) doing a little "thing" on the hour. We finally had dinner and went to the "largest five story club in central Europe." There were older men, geeky men, scary looking guys, girls in odd outfits, girls in tevas with socks and sweat pants. The club seen was very different from anything I've ever experienced. 
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