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Prague, Czech Rep.

Spent 5 days and nights in Prague, Czech Republic. Just Ningning and myself – a continuation of our honey moon. The city is similar in some respects to Lisbon, Portugal but with a more Eastern Europe feel. The tram felt like we were back in L’viv, Ukraine, the buildings like Austria/Germany, the food was quite German, too. There is a Jewish heritage and Jewish quarter different from most cities we’ve recently explored. Starwood’s Sheraton (Charles Square) was fantastic – we were given a premium suite, dual bathrooms, separate living and bedroom, and a great club lounge. Evening food and service was lovely; breakfast is very ‘local’ with many cold meats, breads, and some cereal. We opted for breakfast in the restaurant with hot options.

Read through the Itinerary for great 360 panorama shots.

Our favorite trip images – view the full set on Flickr:

All Images Copyright (c) 2012 Hall.

All Images Copyright (c) 2012 Hall.

Prague is a city full of beautiful, majestic architecture. Everywhere you turn is something new and exciting. Have a look – view the full set on Flickr:

All Images Copyright (c) 2012 Hall.

All Images Copyright (c) 2012 Hall.

Our Itinerary…

Day 1:

Took to the streets finding our way around town. Here is a 360 view from Old Town Square.

Day 2:

Top site today was the castle. View the 360 panorama from inside St. Vita Cathedral.

Day 3:

Prague is known for its classical music concerts. We stumbled upon a concert in Old Town at St. Nicholas church. The group performing, Pro Musica, was from Holland. Recorded four of the songs for your enjoyment: Ej. Oechnjem | Takadamu | Amsterdam medley | Circle of Life

Took some great nighttime shots around town centre. View the 360 panorama from Old Town square in front of the astronomical clock.

Day 4:

Traveled out of town to Kutna Hora. The town is 72km (45 miles) East of Prague. We found travel via train the best value and fastest. You depart from the main Praha station, Hlavní nádrazí, and arrive ~52 min later (our outbound train arrived 10 min late and our return was delayed 15 min). My wife and I paid 307Kc return, total. These aren’t glamorous, quiet carriages but it gets the job done.

Plan to visit Kostnice (eg. The Bone Church filled with human bones, www.kostnice.cz), Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady at Sedlec (a UNESCO site across from Kostnice), the historic town centre (void of many communist relics, thankfully), and possibly St. Barbara’s Cathedral (a 200 year build project that commenced in 1380). We visited in that order. It’s a short walk, 20 min, from the KH train station to Kostnice. Another 40 minutes waking gets you to the town centre. St. Barbara’s is 10 min from town centre. Purchase the combo ticket which permits you to all three for 130Kc. (Kostnice/St. Barbara cost 60Kc each). From our experience traveling Europe, Kostnice and the UNESCO cathedral next door are unique and not to be missed.

What’s to see-
Notice the bone chandelier in Kostnice. It is not exclusive in the world but near one of a kind. Skip the upper chapel. View the 360 panorama.

Enjoy the vivid colours and airy feel of the Cathedral across the road. Hike the stairs and walk under the roof, literally, and see how the ceiling domes were constructed.

St. Barbara is beautiful, sprawling, tall, but really ‘another European church’. Do go round to the front for good photographs. You’ll enter from the side.

Our visit fell on a Sunday and to us the town centre felt sleepy. Most shops were shut. Have an ice cream for 12Kc compared to 25Kc in Praha.

Dinner was had at U Kamenného Domu (tel. 327-514-426), Lierova 147 (2 blocks west of Palackého nám.). This was a Frommer’s recommend and a bloody good find- it is very popular with the locals, serving hearty Czech specialties at bargain prices. Ignore the English menu and pick (randomly if needed) from the daily specials. My wife ended up with a beef and pork combo dish served with dumplings and cabbage in a great light sauce. I had chicken with mozzarella cheese and bacon served with potatoes. Both were fantastic and just 80Kc each. Amazing.

Finding the right bus from centre to the train station was the most complicated bit of our day’s travel. Ask people to direct you to Billa supermarket which sits off the main drag. The bus stops are behind the supermarket. The #1 and #7 take you to the station.

Day 5:

Late night flight so stayed around the city centre and mostly relaxed. Visited a few shops, covered some new streets, and then spent an hour paddling on the river.
View the 360 panorama from the boat.

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