Prague ~ the little lioness

Prague

Prague

Following Vienna, we went to Prague for a few days, based on recommendations of drunken backpackers “You HAVE to go to Prague!!11!!!!111!”, is what they said over beer.

Prague
Really awesome mural!

First stop was the hostel. Very cheap, run by this one lady, called Gallery Hostel… The rooms were cold (had to find otherways to keep warm!) and the internet access was via the one central PC, but it was nice enough, particularly for the price… I did manage to pull the shower curtain and rod down in the shared bathroom, but had Rish to right all that :p

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Our room… would have been warmer if the owner had switched the heating on like she said she would!

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Shared kitchen

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Shared Bathroom

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Gotta love the stairwell!

We then set out on our wander of the inner town…. not dressed quite warm enough. Ended up wearing tights under my jeans and socks along with a few layers on top for most of Prague. JUNE. Freaky (though when I saw footage of some May Day riots in the snow, I wasn’t as surprised at the cold).

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Regretted this verrrry shortly after. Besides not liking the mustard, the sausage didn’t like me.

Prague
TWO puns in the one sign. OMG. are there more???

Prague
Wurst stand. They also sold Mulled Wine on the street and hot chocolate with Rum. You know, for the kids.

Prague
Sign for the Museum of Communism. I still may have to buy that tshirt…

Prague

Prague

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Church

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Still like how they do that with the pics during renovation. Town Hall.

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Cute pink building

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Glad the commies weren’t into destroying everything

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Clock fetish begins. Watched the crowds gather on the hour. In the rain. Tourists! :p

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Paint it til you make it

Prague

Prague

Sex Toy museum Prague!
A trip to Prague isn’t complete without a trip to the sex toy museum.

Sex Toy museum Prague!
Now just excuse me while I hook this up…

That night we went for some Italian food. Yeah, I know, not in Italy. But the salad I had was much needed after the cakes of Vienna and the sausage of lunch…

Prague
Refreshing salad.

Prague
Rish’s pizza

Prague
The original Taco holder?

Moles?
Moles?

Abisnthe
Not quite sure why Absinthe was everywhere in Prague… any ideas?

Prague
Also not sure what this is, but it feels very Communist!

Prague
Is the horse dead? Or are we just in some weird dimension? This was in an arcade between the hostel and the centre of town.

Croissant At Maccas!
Maccas breakfast of croissant.

I couldn’t get used to the whole paying to use the toilets thing in Europe. Especially not when they had it in the Maccas in Prague, complete with cash register and receipt. Strange, European quirks. It was in Prague McDonalds that I got the email from one of my lecturers saying he hadn’t received my final essay, any chance I cold send it through. I got an HD for it though! yay!

Prague
Grey old city

Prague
Serious about work safety. No harness, 6 floors up.

Prague

Prague
View over Prague on our way to Prague castle

Loretto Prague
The Loretto

Loretto Prague
Loretto

Loretto Prague

Loretto Prague
Inside the central chapel at the Loretto in Prague

Loretto Prague
Gorgeous

Loretto Prague

Loretto Prague

After a quick cold lunch of salads we head to Prague Castle, where we are very happily using our student discounts :) Gotta love having a student card when travelling in Europe!

Prague Castle
Umbrellas a must when moving between sections of the palace

Prague Castle
Rish loved the violent statues!

Prague Castle
Reckon it’s for birds, monkeys, or people?

Prague Castle
Cathedral within the castle grounds

Prague Castle
Impressive inside

Prague Castle
My camera couldn’t do it justice, but there were some gorgeous stained glass windows

Prague Castle
Mini-chapels or something lined the sides

Prague Castle
Want a tomb like this?

Prague Castle
A modern castle guard, complete with motorcycles

Prague Castle
Watched the change of the guards for awhile from under the umbrella, but got too cold and gave up. Kepp moving, keep moving

Prague Castle
Clock tower!

Prague Castle
This hall was used for functions and jousting. Of course.

Prague Castle
Wet view out over Prague

Prague Castle

Prague Castle
Should have brought back some huge heaters for the Canberra winter

Prague Castle
Red!

Prague Castle
Castle Guards

We’d seen pretty much as we wanted to by then, so went in search of warmth.. .and was pleased to stumble across a Gloria Jeans .. with a board full of familiar offerings and free wi-fi (and toilets were free too!). One comment though – why is Europe’s soy milk so watery??

Watery Soy Latte
Watery soy latte

Prague
Free wifi!

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Watching the cold grey day pass by.

Dinner that night was at a cute little creperie … Créperie Aux Clochettes. Home style and full of locals :)

Crepes in Prague

Crepes in Prague

Crepes in Prague

Crepes in Prague
Yummy savoury crepes for Dinner

Crepes in Prague
Dessert crepes for Rish. mmm

Pink Telephone Dude
Part of some mobile phone ad campaign. They were all over the place

That night we went to the Agharta Jazz Club, which was good fun :) Didn’t stay out too late as we were still rather tired.. again. Maybe staying warm was using too much energy?

Jazz Club

First stop next morning (after breakfast) was the Communism Museum. I can’t imagine living under such a regime only 20 years ago. Watching the footages, students the ones in the protests, getting harassed by police. Scary times.

Communism Museum
Would you like to go to school with me?

Then off for some more building-seeing!

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Prague

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Prague

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Hey look, it’s me on a bridge!

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Hey we look happy!

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Prague
Inside the courtyard of a Senate building. Where we shouldn’t have been. oops?

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Plaque to Jan Palach who committed suicide by Self-immolation in protest in 1969

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Prague

Prague

New Synagogue Prague
New Synagogue

New Synangogue Prague

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Further memorial for the Self-immolators

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Prague
Looking out over the site of all those protests, Wenceslas Square

Prague Station
Inside Prague station

For our last night in Prague, we decided to go have beer and dinner at Pivovarský Dum.

Microbrewery
Rish’s wheat beer

Cherry Beer
I had a cherry beer, because I knew I had to try it. This had a slight vegemitey taste, I suppose it was the yeast!

Microbrewery

Microbrewery

Afterwards we went and had further crepes for dessert. Full!

Creperiffic in Prague

Creperiffic in Prague

Back to the hostel for an early night, and an early rise for the train. Hit the station with enough time to spend the last of our coins on pastries!

Spending our last few Crowns on Pastries!
A healthy breakfast

mm looks like we ate out way through a cold, wet Prague.

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  1. Laura
    July 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I don’t think you’ve lived until you make a decorative penile wrap with a snowman motif ;)

    • July 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      Do you reckon we could make a heap and sell them at a stall?

  2. July 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    oooh I love Prague!!! But def. couldnt get used to paying to go to the toilet either!!!!

    • July 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      It made me even more self-conscious than usual about my toileting habits! argh!

  3. July 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I love how all European cities do those pictures over the restorations. It’s just so… nice of them to bother with it! That student plastic model thing is creepy. Someone should replace it with a statue of crepes.

  4. July 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful architecture as expected and lots of stodgy food. And very surprised about the weather!

  5. November 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, the weather you had looks positively Wintery. We were sweating our bums off! Looks like you had better luck than us at finding an authentic jazz club. Win some, lose some :)

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