The Road to Prague

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Our East Central Europe trip is drawing to a close; 4 days in Prague, then back to the USA. Prague is such a pretty and charming city. I love Prague for its walkable size, great affordable food, architecture, and the amazing views from the hilly streets & bridges.

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A good day to be traveling…rain! Plenty of leg room, Keeping up with the Kardashians, : ) Brilliant canola fields.

No more trains, we are now traveling by tour bus; a 7-hour trip from Budapest, Hungary to Prague, in the Czech Republic. At the end of a long trip it is nice to just sit back (recline!) and go with the flow. We booked a Gate 1 Travel self-guided tour, which includes bus transportation, hotels in Budapest & Prague and a tour director. The tour director is on the bus, providing interesting facts along the way, and we could (but didn’t) book tours, through him, within the cities.

For entertainment, while traveling, we watched a terrific documentary video about Soviet occupied Hungary and its water-polo team leading up to the Olympics 1956 Games.  The final game was played between the Hungarian & Soviet teams, it was a bloody battle in the pool. I found a similar version on YouTube for you! Unfortunately some of the segments of the full video are no longer part of this series. They will not play, so just skip to next video. It is worth a watch. Enjoy.

Walking Prague

Charles Bridge, est: 1357 connects east to west over Vitava River. Is Pedestrian only & khas over 30 statuaries on it and a large tower on the west end.

Charles Bridge, construction started in 1357 and ended in 1402. It connects east to west over Vitava River. Is Pedestrian only & has over 30 statuaries on it and a large tower on the west end.

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St, Vitus Cathedral sits entirely within the Prague Castle complex (square.)

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Castle under construction

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Castle Square. Still in use today.

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Old Town Square, this is where you go to Pub Crawl. Astronomical Clock is on left under tower. A closeup photo is below

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Our Lady before Tyn, 14 century Gothic church behind Old Town Square.

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Famous astronomical clock.

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Walking up Old Town

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Czech puppetry goes back  to the Middle Ages.

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The details in the gingerbread decoration was unbelievable. See the tear included in the lace decoration above the waistband!

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Church of Sts. Peter & Paul at Vysehrad and its cemetery.

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A steep walk to the monastery with amazing views along the way.

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Beautiful architecture on Prague’s equivalent to Rodeo Drive.

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a Bite of Prague

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Hot Potatoes on a stick. Trdelnik pastry (add chocolate filling, yum,) Czech beer, Starbucks’ Incredible view. Trdelniks & Crepes Stand.

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Authentic Czech food is Pork, chicken, Potato dumplings, beets and cabbage in every form. Well, hamburger is not authentic Czech food…

 

Whew! That was a lot of walking & eating.

see you on Friday for Friday Find!

 

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