Friday, May 13, 2011

Our visit to Prague, Czech Republic

After a 4.5 hour train ride from Vienna, Austria, we arrived in Prague.  Coming out from the train station was like entering into another world and another time period.  The city is old.  And by old, I mean delicate and beautiful.  

We rolled our suitcases over the cobblestoned streets and walked the half mile to our hotel.  (I thought the wheels were going to fall off my suitcase) We stayed at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel.  It was a good location - walking distance to the city center and across the street from Charles Square.  It was a comfortable hotel, I would recommend it.
 Our first night in the city was interesting.  After being treated slightly inconsiderately at two restaurants, we finally found a corner cafe to eat some dinner.  Our waiter was great... and the beer - yum!
It's hard to tell from this picture, but we were cracking up watching everything happen here.  There are no street lights and no stop signs at this very large & busy intersection.  A tram, pedestrians, cars and bikes are all turning and going at their own will.  To us... it looked like a big accident waiting to happen.
Old Town Square in Prague is full of history.  Here, I am standing in front of Adam & Eve, the two towers behind me.  (Unless our tour guide was lying)
In front of the Prague Opera House
This is the Cathedral inside of Prague Castle (which is the largest square foot castle in the world).  It's called St. Vitus Cathedral and it took over 600 years to build.  In fact, it was just finished at the beginning of the 1900's!
Inside of St. Vitus, you can see where it started getting built back in the 1300s.  It's yellow because it's aged!

Our second day, we ate lunch at one of the cafes in the Castle... I pointed at something on the menu to eat... and when it came, it was a mayo sandwich.  Probably half a cup of mayo squashed into a sandwich roll with a piece of ham.  Eeek.  TL thought it was hilarious.

How the Monks make their own beer...
It was delicious!  (we called it the 'holy beer')
Posing in front of Charles Bridge... construction on it started in 1357 - it's old!
Closer view of the bridge.  Notice it is lined with statues - during the summer, our tour guides said you can hardly walk across it because it is so crowded!
We noticed these very weird statues while we were walking around.  No clue what they are about!
Met some friends at our hotel - Richard & Cheryl.  We had so much fun talking with them... we didn't make it to bed until the very wee hours of the morning that night!  It was a blast.
View of Prague Castle from the roof of our hotel... gorgeous!
Beautiful city - this is one of the views from Prague Castle!
Walking through the city streets... beautiful, narrow, and old!
Charles Square... just before we left Prague!

It was a wonderful 4 days - we enjoyed learning about the history.  I wish I could remember it all!  The language there is tough to understand and very different than English.  The people are different, but original to their culture.  There is so much to see and most of it can be seen by foot.   TL and I spent most of our time just walking around getting lost - and on our tour! :)  (We thought it was funny that most of our tour guides were Irish... only one was born and raised in Prague!)

Who's been to Prague?  Did you love it?



Erika said...

We went to Prague in the summer and you are right, the bridge is SO full!!! I would go back in a heartbeat:-)

Anonymous said...

Jealous! It sounds and looks so much fun!!!

xoxo, Ana
My (Newly)Wed Life

Jesica said...

OMG I want to go to Prague! Vienna too! I've done my fair share of traveling but these are 2 places I've never been and am DYING to go to! Lucky!

Katie said...

Prague looks so beautiful..I've been wanting to go there and now your pictures make me want to go even more! Looks like you 2 had a blast!

have a good weekend. xo

Bobbi said...

I've never been to Prague but I'm adding it to my list now!
Those statues are hysterical!
And of course the city is beautiful!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Look at that cathedral - so stunning! I've never been but I have heard nothing but great things about it! And my guess for the next spot - Berlin!

Adrienne Gomer said...

Prague is in my top 5 places I want to see! I'm glad you had so much fun.

allison said...

Gorgeous sites! I'd love to go see the pretty castles and tour like you did.

safire said...

These pictures are gorgeous! My mom wants to visit Vienna in the next few years and this makes me extra excited about it!

Have a great weekend.

AC Quigley said...

You look like you had a wonderful time! The photos are great. Prague is on my 'to visit' list!

Bree said...

You're making me want to go to ALL of these places!! So gorgeous.

Marian said...

I haven't been there...yet! And its actually one of the places I really REALLY want to visit. My parents went a few years ago and they absolutely loved it!! Looks beautiful

Sierra said...

I would love to visit Prague - it looks gorgeous there! I love your last picture with you jumping mid air - yahoo!

Denise said...

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Dollface said...

I am so jealous of your travels!!! You look like you had an amazing time! xxxooo

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Okay it looks like you had an AMAZING time!

Cheryl said...

OMG! I love your blog! Thanks for shouting out Richard and I on your Prague page...we had so much fun on that trip and had we're so glad we met yall. Where are we going next?!

henning love said...

i've been to prague! i loved it! one of my favorite european cities ever!! i stood in front of that clock too very popular but yup loved prague!! looks like you did too