Czech Republic

Trip Start Jan 13, 2005
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Prague is the most amazing city that I have been to in Europe. Megan and Ellie both came with me, which has made an incredible difference. We arrived mid afternoon on Friday and checked into our hostel "A Plus", which was a little stale but still had great prices and good service. We checked out the Charles Bridge which is old brick and cobblestone with statues lining the ledge. Ellie and I were greeted to hundreds of white birds flying in circles just over the bridge, which looked amazing contrasted against the night sky. The clock tower had just chimed and spooked them all. We continued our journey to this amazing Czech bar which was located a few blocks away and a story below ground. There was this really cool Czech guy who thought us some Czech. Dobre jitro- good morning, dobre odpoledne- good afternoon, dobry vecor- good evening, dekuji- thank you, sbohem- goodbye. The bar had a great atmosphere and we listened to some great "Ska" music, which is basically punk skateboarder music. The next morning we visited an amazing gothic cathedral built around the 1500's. On our way back to the train station I got side tracked by a Ukrainian artist selling oil paintings of Vienna. I bought an amazing original oil painting of the Charles Bridge at night. Afterwards we caught a bus to Cesky Kramlov (Chesky Kramlof), which is situated on the western side of the Czech Republic. It was the most highly recommended towns for its architecture and medieval buildings. When we arrived we booked a room in "Hostel 99" which I suddenly remembered being recommended to me by another traveler when I first arrived in Vienna three weeks ago. We wondered around the cobblestone streets and viewed an ancient baroque castle with battle camps and a mote. I am finally back home, and putting off studying for a test tomorrow to post these pictures instead.
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