Czech Out Our Prague Blog!!!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
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Trip End Sep 04, 2008


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Let me help you with that!", exclaimed the crazy spaghetti-faced, drugged out teen who looked like Gerard Way from the band My Chemical Romance. This was my greeting as I attempted to purchase a metro pass from the ticket machine. Sometimes the homeless and addicted create their own job opportunities by helping tourists figure their way out of the train station. This colorful character was very friendly to me but then tried to kick another lady, so I don't know. We had finally arrived in Prague. People are calling Prague, the Paris of the east. Only about a million people call this city home, but because of all the tourists, it seems much larger than it is. You can navigate the entire city on foot or wheels. One slight problem if you roll around Prague though and that is COBBLE. Cobble is a product of the devil. Some types are better than others but holy cow, it is everywhere. Even though my brain was rattled into applesauce, we still managed to see a lot of sights.
One of the highlights of Prague's old town is the astronomical clock in the main square. They sure do love the 3 C's in Europe: Clocks, Churches and Cobble. This time we didn't stand there waiting for the "big clock show" that usually just consists of some mechanical gyration of a little bird.
One thing that I really enjoyed about Prague is the Mucha Museum. Art Nouveau and Art Deco are the major styles of art and architecture here in Bohemia. Alfons Mucha is a most influential artist in the Art Nouveau style. I don't think there is a painting or lithograph of his that I don't love.
If art is not your thing, Prague has an amazing castle isolated in its own section of town. The best part about the castle complex is St.Vitus Cathedral. Fully accessible to all and for a small fee you can buy an audio guide which adds to the interesting story of the saints entombed here. Its also nice when you need to get out of the summer sun.
One of the more romantic areas of Prague is the Charles Bridge. If you find cranes, orange fencing and sweaty construction workers romantic, then by all means you would love a stroll over the water here. They are re-surfacing one side of the bridge with......you guessed it.........shiny new.......cobble.
Prague is known for making exquisite marionettes and Czech crystal. One of the biggest attractions here is the marionette production of Don Giovanni. All that stood in my way of seeing this particular show was a giant flight of stairs, so we didn't make it. Instead we went to "Spirits of Prague", blacklight theater production. It probably would have been better if we were stoned, not drunk like we were. Speaking of drunk, they legally sell Absinthe here. Its really not as special as you think. Its pretty much like licorice flavored Everclear with green coloring. It burns the taste buds off your tongue as well. Shannon does not endorse this product because it doesn't mix well with milk. Go figure. What he does endorse, is a visit to TGIFridays. We ended up eating here several times because we are burned out on bread and exploring new cuisine. It was right across the street from a movie theater that played English version movies. The Incredible Hulk and Wanted were our choices for the week. There is something nice about air conditioning and hearing your own language for a couple hours to give you a boost for the rest of the trip. We toured a couple of Synagogues and the old Jewish cemetery. We had great gelato and explored the side streets despite the constant rain. One resource we used in planning our trip, was Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown on the travel channel. In one episode, she finds an obscure little strudel shop called Susta Strudl in an outer lying neighborhood in Prague. We decided to go an adventure and try to find this place. When we did, it turned out to be closed for lunch. We waited about 30 minutes and were glad we did. We had a foot-long apple strudel for about $3.00. Its not really sweet like the strudel we attempt in the US. Its more sour and savory. We felt so cool to be hanging with the locals at Susta Strudl. Shannon had his first international haircut in the mall. He also had his first "this hairdresser smells like B.O.", experience. All in all, our time in Prague was well spent. Despite the accessibility issues, we had a great time here. There is much progress to be made in Prague, but they are working on it, literally. I'm not sure if I would compare it to Paris, but it shows promise. Instead of street mimes, they have marionettes. Instead of croissant, they have strudel. We are glad we czeched you out. Merci Prague!!!
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ofhenderson
ofhenderson on

Frogs
So driving in the car today...
Brett 'Where's Rachel?'
Me 'In Prague.'
Brett 'What is she doing in Frogs?'
Me 'NO, NOT FROGS,ITS PRAGUE!'
Brett 'Where is Frogs?'
And it went on for the whole ride home.
Hugs, Oletha, Brad & Brett-ly

shocks
shocks on

Hey
I'll be glued here till the blog is posted!

imusuallyright
imusuallyright on

Petting Farm
I know when someone says The Czech Republic,most folks think of the beautiful ladies,or the home of Frankenstein,and the really well kept petting zoos.I ventured over there and went to one of those zoos.They had one of those big dopey looking Russian bears,you know the kind that rides bicycle and dances and that kind of fare.Well I don't care who you are,never,never pull that little red thing near the bear's genitalia(in fact it's part of it).He was on me like a rat on a Cheeto.The hospitals really suck in The Czech,I'll tell you that.No more petting zoos for me,unless it's just pygmy goats or sheep & bunnies.should've went to Frankenstein's house instead-he never scared me for one second.Stupid Russian Bear.

rachandshan
rachandshan on

Re: Petting Farm
Dear. Imusuallyright-

Thank you for all your excellent travel tips. We have taken them all to heart and will definitely try to not to mess with a russian bears hooha. As far as Frankenstein's house, well its pretty overrated. I prefer his summer home on lake Okoboji. That's where he relaxed and truly led a full life scaring little children.

charlotti
charlotti on

Free???
I still can't believe I can enjoy all these great blogs and pictures you are posting and I'm not even paying for your trip!!! I'm not, am I???

rachandshan
rachandshan on

Re: Free???
You may wanna check your Visa bill Char ;)
Love rach

ofhenderson
ofhenderson on

No Frogs in Prague!
So the question are... did you a have a greasy burger and think of me @ TGIF's? When are we going to gab about the Hulk movie? And there's no Frogs in Prague? Brett is very sad about that! How funny, Brad is in love with Samantha Brown and her travels, but not as much as Rach & Shannon's travel blogs. Glad to hear you had a good time in Prague.
Hugs, Oletha, Brad & Brett-ly

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