Prague is very, very nice this time of year...

Prague Travel Blog

 › entry 22 of 59 › view all entries
The subway!
Today was our first day in Prague! We started off with a double-hitter with both music and art lectures. The first one was dreadfully painful to stay awake (even though I had gotten plenty of sleep!) so I drank some strange chococoffee from the hotel and was just fine for the second lecture.

We had some time to kill before class was to meet for a walking tour and so I ventured around the nearby areas. The subway here is really incredible! Not necessarily because it goes everwhere like Paris (because it doesn't) but because it is well designed and very modern. It is incredibly deep in the ground and just works very well. I'm going to be so spoiled when I get back to the infamous "t" that is Atlanta's rail system.

For all you North Carolinan readers, I stumbled across a Food Lion here today! It is called "Delvita" but is in fact the same company, which is based somewhere here in Europe.
Food Lion!
Talk about random things from home popping up where you don't expect them.

I really enjoyed walking around Prague though. It is beautiful in its own way, not like Florence or Venice or Paris, but just in the liveliness of the streets and mix of old and new. I eventually met up for class, which was a walking tour of the Old Town. It was really a great experience because we got to see all the big hotspots all at once while learning the significance behind them. This included the old Powder Tower, the Art Noveau Building (which I really liked!), the Astronomical Clock Tower, and the Charles Bridge. It was a beautiful day to be out and I must say, these were some pretty unique little landmarks, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by tourists like I have in every other city.
The Powder Tower- where they kept gunpowder during the Protestant revolt.


After this, we had class at the Mozart Museum, which was actually his house up the hill on the other side of the river from central Prague. It was a beautifully simple and small home that was tucked away in a small but inviting landscape. Though the tour was not terribly exciting, the house and its environment was really enjoyable itself. It was actually where Mozart lived when he wrote many of his most famous works.

We were free for the day after this, and I walked around a lot of the areas we had been earlier to get a chance to see them at my pace. I then went back to the hotel where I changed to go running! I took the subway out to a nearby park and ran around there before coming back along the river to the hotel. It was a great run and very invigorating! For once, I was surrounded by other people working out in the park, as I typically am the lone runner when I go running in Europe.
The Astronomical Clock Tower
However, is interesting to take a look at their parks. They look normal on the map but all end up being a steep little mountain in the middle of the city! So the run was a bit challenging, but still great.

I met a group of people for dinner and we decided to go back over to old town because the food everywhere is ridicously cheap! Really and truly, it is remarkable. Usually cheaper than what you would get in America, although the conversion is still difficult (they don't use the Euro). We had a great dinner of real Czech food and we all ordered dark beer. However, they brought out a stein for each person that was a liter worth of beer! I've never had that much in my life and I normally hate beer, but it was so tasty that I was able to finish it.

Unfortunately we have a paper due tomorrow for class so I came straight back to the hotel after dinner to write it. Tomorrow promises to be exciting with our site visits!

(If you're a 'Friends' watcher, you'll know where the title of today's entry came from)
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
The subway!
The subway!
Food Lion!
Food Lion!
The Powder Tower- where they kept …
The Powder Tower- where they kept…
The Astronomical Clock Tower
The Astronomical Clock Tower
Astronomical Clock during its hou…
Astronomical Clock during it's ho…
Catholic Cathedral
Catholic Cathedral
Protestant Cathedral
Protestant Cathedral
Old Town Square
Old Town Square
Walking through Old Town
Walking through Old Town
The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge
The main river through town.
The main river through town.
The Mozart Museum
The Mozart Museum
Ha, I think the red eyes make it e…
Ha, I think the red eyes make it …
Wow, I never thought Id be a part…
Wow, I never thought I'd be a par…
Finished! Hard to believe I could …
Finished! Hard to believe I could…
Prague
photo by: vulindlela