Czech please!

After our great time in Berlin we had a very early morning train to Prague.  It was a little different setup than any other train we’ve been on previously.  We had a little compartment with 6 seats, 3 on each side.  Initially it was just us three but later on we were joined by a girl and even later another guy.  While we liked the privacy initially, it did get a little cramped despite not all the seats being taken.

Our compartment

Our compartment

She loved having her own seat for a while

She loved having her own seat for a while

We finally arrived in Prague, figured out the metro and hopped on their subway for Lacey’s first ever subterranean metro ride.  She wasn’t sure what to make of it but did pretty well.  Thankfully we were able to check into our hotel early (rewards points paying off!) and got the pup settled in.  We then took off to find lunch and explore the city.  I enjoyed my lunch and $2 glass of wine (seriously, $2 in a restaurant/cafe!) but C’s food wasn’t what he hoped.  We then stumbled on Wenceslas Square where I discovered Burcak – a wine fermented for a short period of time.  Delicious!  Then we wandered through the rain to Old Town which was beautiful.  Tons of great architecture, winding cobblestoned streets, kitschy shops and masses of people.

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Old Town square

Old Town square

St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church

More Old Town buildings - look at the detail on the facade!!

More Old Town buildings – look at the detail on the facade!!

No idea what this is or what it means, but found it interesting

No idea what this is or what it means, but found it interesting

Enjoying my cup of burcak in Wenceslas square

Enjoying my cup of burcak in Wenceslas square

One of the trams - reminded me a little of San Fran!

A street tram – reminded me a little of San Fran!

We finally made our way to the Upper Town, crossing the Charles Bridge.  Its a wide pedestrian bridge lined with statues of famous people and saints with vendors selling trinkets, paintings, caricatures and even a jazz band!  On the other side we found a bakery along a windy narrow lane selling delicious looking pastries.  I picked up 2 “kolacky” (apparently the czech word for kolache) and we headed back to the hotel for a rest.

Looking across the Vltava River to the Upper Town

Looking across the Vltava River to the Upper Town

Why did the Horned Frog cross the bridge?

Why did the Horned Frog cross the Vltava?

Isn't it so quaint?

Isn’t it so quaint?

Kolacky!  Unfortunately they didn't hold a candle to kolaches in Texas.

Kolacky! Unfortunately they didn’t hold a candle to kolaches in Texas.

That evening we enjoyed an All-American dinner of burgers and chips…oops I mean fries!  It was pretty tasty and C really enjoyed his Czech beer.  Gosh, as much as I talk about beer and wine you’d think we spend our trips intoxicated but we don’t, I promise!  Anyhow, more on our Czech adventures in the next post.