Praha...

Trip Start Jul 06, 2009
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Trip End Jul 28, 2009


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Sokolovna Gym

Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wow. I donīt even know where to begin. Prague was the most beautiful city Iīve ever been. I canīt describe the feeling walking through those narrow streets looking at enormous, elaborately decorated buildings. The first evening we just played lacrosse in the field by the gym and went to bed kind of early. We were up early the next morning and first we went and saw Old Town Square. We caught the last part of the clockīs show. We only caught the last figures going back in and I didnīt have time to get my camera out. Next we stopped in St. Nicholas Church. It had a kind of special meaning for us, as myself and my tour guide (Mikulas) were both named Nicholas. At about noon we stopped for lunch. It was a little restaurant in the cellar of a very old building. The food was awesome and the price was decent. It was cool in the cellar, and it was nice to get away from the heat and the crowds. Afterwards we went across Kharlov Most and saw the other side of Prague. It was amazing how many people from all over the world had come to see this place. A lot of the bridge was under construction, so it was pretty crowded and it was still great, donīt get me wrong, but I was a little disappointed. It was a kind of surreal experience, being on the bridge and getting an awesome view of Pravsky Hrad (Prague Castle). The weather was kind of cloudy. You couldnīt see any really, the sky was just plain white or really light gray. When we got to the cathedral it was drizzling and I was really excited to see water coming down the drainspouts and out of the gargoyleīs mouths. When it had stopped we got in line to get into the church. We stood between a couple from the US (I forget which state- I think East Coast somewhere) and a guy from Canada. So we had a nice conversation and they thought that Miki was from somewhere in the US because his English was so good. Anyway inside the Church was incredible. I wanted to take pictures of everything. My camera was running out of battery so I couldnīt get all of the pictures I wanted but I got some pretty good ones. The Cathedral was so huge and all along the sides where like tombs of kings and bishops and important people. In one case was a skull wrapped in like a red silk cloth which I found morbid, yet fascinating. Also fascinating was this display which showed all of the marks or signatures of stone masons who had worked on the Cathedral which you could find on pillars and stones and stuff. I canīt post any pictures at the moment because I need to buy a converter to charge my computer so I can transfer some of the pictures. Iīll hopefully get that done in a day or two.
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jackiebuchta
jackiebuchta on

Aaaaaah- Praha!
Cool! Thanks for sharing so much detail about that part. What else? Did you see any of Luba's tournament? Did you see Vaclavske Namesti, or the Narodni Divadlo? (St. Wenceslas Square, or the National Theatre?) I know you didn't have too much time there, but so glad you got to see the 'biggies'! Hopefully someday you can get back and see more of the clock's show, and Karlovy Most when it's not under construction. Congrats on your awesome trip!

buchta
buchta on

Nice posts, Nick
Thanks a lot for sharing some of your experiences! I liked your descriptions and can't wait to see your pictures and compare them to mine. I bet that was amazing to hike through some Slovak wilderness, and I think your experiences staying with the Stubnas are totally unique and priceless. :-) Thanks again, see you soon. Hope you get to log a few more entries before you come home!!! Enjoy every remaining second there! Love ya!

valfrahm
valfrahm on

Great descriptions!
For those of us who have little hope of making it over to the homeland, this has been a joy to read and imagine along with. Even the rain sounds fabulous- gargoyles spewing! Tell Miki hello for all of us and enjoy the rest of your time there, for all of us!

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