The Beer Capital of THE WORLD

Trip Start Apr 09, 2013
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Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

               Steve has only had two haircuts this entire trip so far and it is high time he gets a third. We were staying in the gay district of Berlin so we figured it would be a faaabulous place to get a men's haircut! Unfortunately this morning all of the hair dressers on our street were either booked up or closed. Too bad. He desperately needs a haircut.  On our last train ride we noticed a couple of ladies drinking a bottle of wine, why have we never thought of that? This time we came prepared. We are really starting to figure this travel thing out. After a 20 minute walk with our ever growing backpacks we had made it to 'Pur Pur Aparthotel.’ Weird place, great location. One of the reviews that we read said that if you an aversion with pink, do not stay here. They were telling the truth, because everything in the hotel was pink, even the curtains which creates a pink lighting inside the hotel room. We had a snack in a square nearby and stumbled upon some hot wine being sold on the street side that we tried out. It was a nice treat on a chilly autumn evening.

October 22, 2013

                Today was the day. Steve got a haircut! Hurray! My boyfriend is a real boy again! After his ‘dreaded’ haircut he treated himself to some boneless chicken wings, cheese sticks and beer at Hooters next door. The poor guy. Luckily, the food was better this time. After this we went to cheack out the Old Town Square. Here there were plenty of performers, restaurants, shopping, beer and food stalls and beautiful buildings. I couldn’t resist the stall selling sugar coated dough cooked on an open fire rolling pin. I have no idea what this is called, but it was delicious (Alyssa, you would love this!). We bought a couple beers and sat on the curb watching the Bohemian bands and other street performers in the square. Walking through the street stalls we also came across a unique stall selling mead, honey wine. Dee-licious! I immediately was obsessed. I decided to take my nice looking boyfriend for a special night out.. to a tank beer house. The beer at these traditional microbreweries is fresh and stored in tanks rather than kegs, bottles or cans. The actual brewing process is much more natural than your typical beer and has no preservatives in it. That being said, the beer choice here is.. beer. They serve only one type and you have no choice but to drink it. Seriously. There is a sign at the front door that says "No not drinking beer." As soon as we sat down our waiter slammed two mugs of this bottom fermented pilsner in front of us. We’ll have two beers, please! The pub was small and crowded with a cool basement cellar atmosphere. My only complaint was the giant clouds of smoke from the cigars, pipes and cigarettes … maybe that added to the atmosphere? Bill Clinton came here while he was in power visiting representatives in Prague. If it is good enough for Bill, it is good enough for us.

October 23, 2013

                We needed to fill our belly’s before we joined our walking tour of Prague. After walking past the food stalls yesterday we had decided that the sausages and potato salad would be a good, quick meal for us. After spending $30 on our lunch we began our tour. Our guides first comment: “After walking past these stalls, who wanted to eat all of that food? Okay, everybody? Well.. don’t! They are a rip off and you can get the exact same meal pretty much anywhere in Prague for half the price.” Perfect. We are such suckers. Maybe we aren’t so good at this travel thing. The first actual stop of our tour was the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square. It was built hundreds of years ago and still accurately tells the time, day, month, year, moon phases and ‘Czech name days.’  Czech name days are based on a persons first name and are celebrated more than birthdays. Every single person with the same first name celebrates ‘their day’ on the same day, so it is quite exciting. That being said, there is a fairly short list of names of which the Czech people are named so the names are pretty unoriginal. The clock was actually very impressive but most people stand around and wait to see ‘the show’ which included a few animatronic figures performing very, very boring movements on the hour, each hour. This clock has been voted the 2nd worst tourist attraction in the world, next to the Mona Lisa. Prague is full of history and beautiful scenery and buildings similar to many of the European cities that we have visited. One important fact that you must know about Prague: it is the beer capital of the world. The city of Praha consumes 1.5L of beer per day per capital. That includes every man, woman and child of all ages. We have been doing our best to meet our quota since we have been here. Tonight we chose a random microbrewery to have dinner at. The food was unreal, the beer was the best that we had tried in Prague so far. We finished off our night by grabbing some random beers from the liquor store to conduct a taste testing experiment back at our hotel.

October 24, 2013

We were told that you haven’t seen Prague, if you haven’t seen the Prague Castle. I guess we hadn’t seen Prague yet, so we went to see the castle. The tour was ok. The church inside the castle was beautiful. The Prague church holds a Guinness World Record for being the largest Medieval castle in the world. Our dinner last night was so yummy that we went back a second night. It was just as satisfying the second time around.   
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