More Touring of Prague

Trip Start May 18, 2007
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Trip End Jul 18, 2007


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Monday, May 28, 2007

Hi:

So much for sleeping in Prague! Last night was SO loud, with the 2nd rendition of the drunken fools. We are not sure why they are all enjoying our little square, but they circled the area ALL bloody night! Seriously, these people scream at the tops of their lungs to see who can out sing the other! We are moments from all the city action so we figure we did well with that so who cares about sleep? We make up for it every day with a nice and welcomed nap!

Today was another spectacular day in Prague! We journeyed up the steep hill, again, for a wonderful visit to the Strahov Monastery and Garden. After taking in the beautiful views and nice fluffy clouds, we strolled around the path on the way UP to the Petrin Tower, truly the highest point of the city. We know that to be true because we basically wound up the funicular train track, and the tower ends at the top at 1043 feet. We were not done with the stair climb yet so we entered the Petrin Tower for a better peek of the city.... 598 steps later (Roger, you would have been shaking!), we were up and down and captured amazing panorama pictures as a bonus for our climb! Enjoy!

A peaceful meander through the woods dropped us back to the city center, enjoying the beautiful sunshine. We found a nice little cafe under the Charles Bridge on Kampa Island, overlooking the river and the bridge - lovely breeze to cool us off. We sat next to a table of Brits who were critquing their first day in Prague - it met their expectations, not an easy task! :)

Nap time since we had very little sleep the night before and we were hungry. Per usual, we set the alarm for an hour cat nap, which turned into 2 hrs! We were intent on catching the sunset tonight at Strahov Monastery, with really the best view of Prague, so we grabbed dinner at Hotel U Prince, delicious! Ryan had a cheese burger with fries and Laurie had delicious filet of sole. It was getting a bit chilly so we gathered up our jackets and headed for the Monastery, which is ~40 min trek.

Walking past a pub we saw someone who kind of looked familar but passed him up thinking "no way" would we run into anyone we knew from the US. There sat an Intel employee, with his wife and 2 friends, also on sabbatical! We stopped to chat a bit as it was their first day and shared a few stories. Then the rain came down HARD! We ran for cover for 30 min as the rain, lightning and thunder came down, flooding the streets.

The Monastery shot was not meant to be but settling for a hot cup of coffe and peach crepes were the winning ticket!

Tomorrow we head to the spa town of Karlovy Vary, about 2 hrs west of Prague. The bus departs at 10am, arrival Noonish, for 2 nights of sight seeing and off to Salzburg, Austria.

Today's walk: 7.19 miles
Total for the journey (62.02 miles, 11 days)

Love,
Ryan and Laurie
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sckaiser
sckaiser on

Brits!
Okay, I thought Americans had a bad name, but I think the Brits are topping even us for bad behavior. Prague sounds absolutely lovey and I wouldn't feel bad about 2 hour naps at all! REMEMBER, it's your sabbatical and you can do whatever you darn well please!

Love ya, Sammy

karnold
karnold on

Love your blog!
Hey Laurie - I am totally enjoying your blog and photos! They are fantastic! I look forward to reading about your adventures everyday! Sounds like you are experiencing some interesting weather! There's nothing like a good thunder and lightening storm!! Thanks for sharing your vacation!!
Hugs, Kristin

marlanko
marlanko on

What an adventure...
Love the pictures and love the blog. I feel like I am with you on your journey. Your pictures are incredible. The pictures of Prague bring back some great memories. Thanks for sharing. Lance

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