Prague...wheeling through the old city

Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
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Trip End Aug 10, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Today we popped up early and headed into town for a chock-a-block day full of Prague goodness! My little Contiki troop and I headed first into the old square and walked until we found a little market where we did some shopping for souveniers and yummy fruit baskets. The streets of the old town are a jumble with absolutely no rhyme or reason so we had quite the time getting around today, but it was actually really fun because this city is beautiful. The architecture rivals that of Paris and I could see myself coming back here to spend a week getting lost in the old city! We found the old Jewish Quarter which was so interesting and then crossed the Charles Bridge, a tourist crammed fantastic bridge lined with artists, jewellery stands and statues you can make a wish on! I could help but get myself a few pairs of earrings...since I dont have any at all! ;)

We decided on MacDonalds for lunch today...I know a silly choice but I always enjoy trying the burgers we dont have at home. Todays McCountry ended up being a pork patty with dijon mustard sauce, which was too weird for me, but I did enjoy the deep fried shrimp and french fries that came with it! After lunch we raced back to meet up with the larger group to take a guided bike tour of Prague. It was the first time I had been on a bike in about ten years and I was terrified! We got mountain bikes which was appropriate as we had to ride on the crazy cobblestone streets, up and down sidewalks and over grassy parks. The roads here are no where near smooth so I am feeling the bike ride tonigt as I write this! Even though it was stressful weaving around people and nearly getting hit by cars, the tour guide was awesome and it was a neat way to see the city. We did stop in the middle for home made lemonade with whisky which helped refresh, but we were pretty hot and sweaty by the time we got back. However we didn't have much turn around time before we were off on the Undeground Bunker tour. The bunker was built in the 70's to house 2000 people at the hight of the cold war. It was naturally creepy and claustrophobic but our guide was hilarious and kept calling us comrades in his funnybaccent and cracking us all up.

After the tour we went straight to the optional traditional Czech Evening of food and dancing. What a fun evening! It was in an old restaurant, with traditional decor and all the beer and wine you could drink. The food was beyond belief...potato soup with bread, four kinds of meat, pork chop, hamsteak, chicken and duck, bread dumplings and two types of saurkraut, and a lovely fruit pancake for dessert. The all you could drink beer was helping the festive fun atmosphere and we saw five traditional dances, heard a few Czech songs, and saw a guy play the Czech version of the bag pipes. The costumes were fantastic as were the games they encouraged a few from the crowd to take part in. My little crew was having the best time and as we headed back to the hotel we sang and danced through the streets of Prague!
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