I took a lot of pictures in Prague, so I’ll let them do most of the talking.
The first day I walked all around the south and west of the city for 5 or 6 hours and enjoyed some beautiful views and the breathtaking sunset above.
A renowned Czech graffiti artist, the Czech Banksy if you will, put sculptures of babies crawling up this retro space-age looking radio tower.
Day 2 I took a 3 hour long tour that was mildly interesting but met a couple of cool fellow travelers.
After the tour I walked around for the rest of the day and saw the castle complex with its spired cathedral.
I also had a lovely walk through the castle gardens where I was pleased to find that every tree of note had a sign detailing its origins and common characteristics. The arborist in me was overjoyed.
Returning to my very low-key hostel that night I met two Canadians, an American who currently lives in Boston, and an Australian.
I hit it off especially well with the Aussie and the fellow Bostonian as we searched in vain through the wet and rain to find a beer garden supposedly open late into the night.
On the third day I walked around with my newly made Aussie friend and hit up a monastery brewery where we had what we both agreed was the best beer in the Czech Republic. After making my way around the country for 2 weeks trying my fair share of beer, I feel like that’s actually saying something.
After the monastery, we walked to the island that the penguins below are pointing to. We stumbled upon a rope obstacle course there and of course took a thirty minute break from being tourists to act like fools while inventing all manner of crazy ways to traverse it while little children scattered out of our path.
That night I hit the town with the Boston girl (who’s actually writing a guide of sorts for Harvard where she’s currently studying). I didn’t mind accompanying her to a few bars–all for the sake of her guide writing efforts of course 🙂 — in the up-and-coming Žižkov neighborhood where the hostel was located.
Now I’m in Berlin which to be honest I wasn’t super excited about visiting (I found a cheap flight from here to London). But I’m quickly becoming a fan of its quirky international cosmopolitan feel. Perhaps there’s something for me in Germany after all.