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Saturday, August 09, 2008


Above: I am sitting over the Vltava, with the Charles Bridge in the background.

I arrived in Prague Saturday morning, taking the 119 bus to the metro station and finding my way to my hotel, K+K Central (Hybernska 10). I was meeting my friend Mike who had been traveling in Europe for the past week or so. After a bit of confusion (me waiting for him in the room as he waited for me in the lobby) we finally met up and walked all over Prague.

We walked through the old town, seeing the famous Astronomical Clock, then walked across the Charles Bridge to the castle. We ate lunch on the way up to the castle at a place called Mystic, where I had the roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut. Very delicious!

Below: Mike and I at at Mystic:

We spent the afternoon touring the castle. One of the most interesting sites in the castle was the old prison, with its instruments of torture.

After the Castle, we went to the toy museum, which featured toys through the ages, featuring an exhibit on Barbie dolls. Before heading down, we witnessed the changing of the guard.

One of the guards:

Views from the castle:

On the way down, we stopped at Villa Richter Vineyards for a class of wine as we witnessed outstanding views and a tremendous sunset. (OK, we had to sit through several glasses of wine before the sun began to set.)

Villa Richter Vineyard:

The Charles Bridge at sunset:

The castle at sunset:

The next day, I woke up and explored the city some more, then found a nice outdoor patio at a place called Valentino’s where we had a few beers. (The beers were really good, and very cheap— about $1.50 for a half liter.)

Then we met up with the Prague Hash House Harriers, where we received an excellent tour of the countryside with stunning views of Prague. We went out to dinner with some of the hashers afterwards. After that, we stumbled onto the grand opening of a new club, where we met lots of locals. One of them, Jakub, took us to another bar with lots of ex-Pats (mostly Brits) called The Saints Bar.

Prague was a great town that can really be explored on foot. But bring your walking shoes!

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