September 28th, 2007 – by: waynehosek
The accomodations on the overnight train from Krakow... I had one of six bunks in a sleeper car... needless to say, it was a bit "tight"
I arrived in Prague
on the overnight train from Krakow. Most of the 9 hour trainride was spent trying to sleep in my cramped bottom bunk on one of the sleeper cars. After getting settled in my hotel and meeting up with Chloe (who was already in Prague), I set off to explore the city. I find the best way to get to know a city is to simply get lost in it... and after one day of wandering through the narrow sidestreets and back alleys of Pragues Old Town, I felt like I had a pretty good "feel" for the city. The first day's wanderings took me past most of the "touristy" sites in the Old Town, such as the Tyn church and Astronomical Clock. Day 2 was spent exploring the Prague Castle and the area west of the Vltava River.
The Astronomical Clock... it's much cooler in real life
After several hours touring the Castle and it's museums/displays, the rest of the afternoon evening was spent wandering with several stops at various cafes/bars along the way. Day 3 started with another trip across the Charles Bridge to see the St. Nicholas Church followed by a visit to the Franz Kafka museum. After the Kafka museum, it was time for yet another food/drink stop. The day's wanderings ended with an unplanned stop at an exhibition of the Codex Gigas. I had never heard of the Codex Gigas, and after seeing it I'm still not exactly sure what the hell it is... but it was on the way back to the Old Town and seemed like it would make for an interesting stop. Apparently the Codex Gigas is a book which was written in one night by a Monk (with the assistance of the devil himself.
Me in Prague's Old Town Square... with the Astronomical Clock Tower in the background...
.. no shit)... oh... and the pages of the book are made of the rumpskin of a common ass... or was it a donkey? Either way, the gigantic book is made entirely of ass skin (giggle). The exhibition only lets you view two pages of the book (which lies open in a large glass case)... this sort of makes me wonder if the other ass skin pages of the book are really blank... like I said, I don't really get the significance of the book... but it was an unplanned stop, so I really didn't have any high expectations. After three days of "touristy" shit in Prague, I was definately ready to embark on my Bohemian Beer tour. Aside from the usual "don't take a taxi in Prague" advice (you really can walk everywhere), the only additional tip I have is to make sure you travel with a Student ID (which I still do... despite no longer being a proper student). Most places with an entry fee (museums, exhibitions, Prague Castle, Codex Gigas exhibition, etc..) offer up to a 50% discount to folks with a Student ID (notice I did NOT say to Students... all you need is the student ID). All that extra Czech Crown you save by getting the Student Discount can be used later to buy drinks at any one of Pragues many bars/pubs. :-)