Prague - The City of new friends and new memories

Trip Start May 20, 2014
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Trip End Jun 11, 2014


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our time in Prague lasted two days but I combine them because they were both enjoyed by the new friends we made at the Emma Hostel, the lovely British gals Imogen and Jess. It has been 8 years since I've lived in England, so my accent has almost completely faded, or so I thought... As we spent the two days touring the city with them Brian started to notice my old accent come out and by the end of the final evening there I was feeling like a fully fledged Brit again.
So, with our new friends we headed into the heart of the city and along the river Vlatva to see what Prague had to offer.
Our main stop of the first day was the Mala Strana, the big city park in the hills over looking the city. Prague is not a flat city such as Berlin with the sprawling metropolitan area, it is a traditional castle city with the walled Prague Castle up on the hill with the massive cathedral overlooking its subjects below (so to speak). And then the suburbs expand out starting on flat terrain and then move up into the surrounding mountains, incredibly beautiful. So, back to the park, we took a gondola up to the top of the hill and walked around the gorgeous rose gardens and walkways in the hills, as well as searching for the mirror maze that tempted our mysterious side but ended up saying no as we had to pay, have to be cheap on these trips. We ended up at this hole in the tree line where I think I've taken the best picture of the trip so far, check the photos to see. Finally, after some more grazing and seeing the park we came do from the hills and headed back to the hostel to grab some food and head out to the Prague International Pub Crawl. Imogen and Jess had suggested we try it out as a great way to meet other travelers such as ourselves and it turned out be that and much more. Made some good friends in a long fun night ending at Eastern Europes biggest club, Karlovy Lane, a five floor monster with a mixture of tunes from all different eras and genres.
The next morning was a little rough but was able to sleep in as we had a big train to Budapest way late in the day. We finally made it the beautiful Charles Bridge this day, which is an old historic Bridge connecting the castle with the dwellings across the river. This bridge was also adorned with many statues with bits of gold plating depicting famous saints from the pre-1600 era. We then walked up to Prague Castle and enjoyed the grandeur of that before heading back towards our hostel area for a traditional Czech dinner (at least that's what the pamphlet said). We then said our goodbyes to our new friends Imogen and Jess and headed to Budapest.

In this city it was not necessarily the history and culture that we gained but the friends that we shared the memories with. Almost halfway done with the trip already, can't believe it! Onto Budapest and beyond...
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