Day 9 - Prague
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Waking up that morning, we could certainly feel the previous days travels in our legs. We were all a little sore and we took our time getting ready for the day. We left the hostel at around noon and decided the best use of our time would be to walk across the river and up the mountain to the royal palace. It was quite a ways up to the palace and we enjoyed the walk through town. I don't think we really were able to appreciate Prague while we were wandering around lost at night. The city is unlike anywhere I have ever been. Its a perfect balance of modern construction mixed with classic architecture. The cobble stone streets and tall buildings give the feel of a urban canyon, littered with shops and restaurants. Of all these things our favorite was probably the exchange rate.
By the time we crossed the massive bridge and wound up the mountain side through cobble-stone streets it was almost 2:00. The palace itself was unbelievably big and amazingly well kept. It was still in perfect condition and we wandered from courtyard to courtyard and past the great cathedral in the center. When we reached the back of the palace we were on the high cliff side. The views were surreal. We could see the entire city stretching before us and the world seemed to stretch forever. It was unreal and impossible to properly detail.
Our decent from the fortress was much quicker and we were back into the city center quarter to four. From there we headed to the very center to have a spot of lunch and check out the famed, Astrological Clock. We snagged a giant hot dog in the market square and walked over to the clock just in time for the show. At the stroke of four the bells rang and the statues moved and sang and at the end a small skeleton came out and rang his own bell. It was quick and not terribly impressive, but there was a big gathering and it was something interesting to see.
We spent the rest of the day meandering through shops and the town market. We had a nice sit down spaghetti dinner at a corner Italian restaurant, before heading to the hostel and resting up for the next day of travel. Cheers.