© 2011 Aaron "Cheer!" Beth and Kim at the pub. Mirinda is similar to Fanta soda.

First Day in Prague, Czech Republic (Praha in Czech)

Our day began dark and early at 3AM. Since bus service doesn’t run up to our apartment before a little after 6AM we walked down to the Bahnhof – about a half hour walk. We arrived in plenty of time for the first train to the Zürich Flughafen, where we met our friends, the Bakers.

After a quick flight to Prague, we wheeled our luggage to a bus, then transferred to a train, then to a tram, then walked 100 meters to our accommodations, the Residence Monastery.

After settling the Bakers in their room, we walked next door to a pub and brewery. We all enjoyed some traditional foods, including chicken steaks, pork in beer sauce with dumplings and more – with fantastic amber and dark beers. We’ll likely be back to that establishment!

We then started walking. We made our way to the Prague Castle, enjoyed the courtyard and ended up at the toy museum. You see, I was prodding Dave to go grab some Pilsners, but he pined, “Awe, but Aaron, I really had my heart set on the Barbie exhibit.” I caved as Dave and the girls gave me sad puppy eyes, hinting strongly toward the toy museum entrance.

After a stimulating walk amongst the plastic hourglass figures for what seemed like days (thanks Dave), we continued to stroll around and down the hill back to the metro station where we found a pizzeria for dinner, then took the tram back up the hill, stopping first at a mini market for some water, then back to our rooms.

Along the way, we purchased concert tickets for a Saturday night concert at a Basilica in the castle courtyard. So, tomorrow we’ll see what else we get into, anticipating a great concert by the Prague Royal Orchestra, including Pachelbel, Vivaldi and Mozart.

Off to a great start with plenty of laughs and exercise during our first day in Prague – rich in architectural texture from Baroque to Art Nouveau, savory flavors and plenty of Barbie dolls.

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Comments

  1. Grandpa & Grandma C.
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm | #

    Looks like fun. Safe travels!

    Love you all, Mom & Dad

  2. Janalee
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm | #

    LOL – barbies… Aaron – you are quite a writer. 🙂 Loved the early morning walk clip & foto going down to the bahnhof before the busses even began running. What a start! And the last few seconds of video are very artistic! Thanks for including that! 🙂 Who knew using blue netting over scaffolding could look so intriguing!? Again – I wish I could be there, too, but you’ve done an excellent job capturing glimpses of beauty, deliciousness, and fun! Can’t believe I had forgotten all about that drip wall until your foto of it! When I was there we came upon it quite by chance and I never thought I’d forget it! Thanks for the reminder! eeeee…
    Love you guys! JcAprese Kite

  3. Janalee
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm | #

    p.s. regarding pic#20 – at least these drips are coming out of a mouth part… (I had to say it…) 😉

  4. Aaron
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | #

    That garden sure made a statement – a rather demented one. I guess whims made ‘concrete’ by limitless supplies of money can lead to rather gratuitous and hedonistic visions. Art?

    RE: pick#20: Pretty convincing, right? Just a trick photo – that water was falling into the base of the fountain so I had him stand so it would look like he was drinking it.

    And, while you may have said it first here – I think that thought might have crossed a few minds 😉

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