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Off To Prague: A Story In Photos (Episode 1)
Last fall, Dave and I took a holiday to Prague and fell madly in love with everything about it. So we’re going back! And we’re leaving in five short days.
I never got around to posting photos after our trip last year, so I thought I’d talk about what we’re planning to do this year by showing you some of our 2010 adventures.
Today, I’m sharing some sightseeing and outdoor highlights. Tomorrow, I’ll get down and dirty with food photos from our favorite restaurants.
The flight! To get to the fun, we had to endure a pretty hellacious plane ride. I concocted an elaborate plan to help us manage jet lag that involved a schedule of snacks and nutritional supplements, re-setting our watches, and napping. Note my incredibly sexy sleep mask.
Our home away from home. We’re staying in the same apartment again this year, at the Arcadia Residence. If you ever travel to Prague, I totally recommend you stay there. It’s an apartment bed-and-breakfast with comfy IKEA furnishings, hardwood floors, and lots of airy light. The host Pasqual is super friendly and fun, and the complementary breakfast in the cafe across the tiny cobblestone alley kicks ass (so much ass, in fact, that in addition to a ham omelet, I ate cake every morning last year. Oops.). This was the view from our living room window.
The Charles Bridge. One of the highlights of our trip was an early morning run across the Charles Bridge. As you approach the bridge, you’re greeted by this benevolently smiling statue of Charles IV. We called him Chuck.
And here’s Dave enjoying the fresh morning air. I’m pretty sure we were both saying something, like, “We’re in PRAGUE!” when this photo was taken.
The bridge is lined with 30 statues. This one is St. John of Nepomuk. (Read the story of St. John; it’s pretty amazing and will explain why we referred to him as Johnny Five Star.)
The Castle. In addition to running up to the castle a few times, we visited for a tour, too. I couldn’t resist mocking the guard. He didn’t flinch or twitch or wiggle or anything.
And enjoyed the awesomely-produced audio tour of the beautiful and intimate Lebkowicz Museum. Then we posed for a Photo of the View.
CrossFit Praha. One night, we went to a pub with Keri and Zdenek, the owners of CrossFit Praha…
And then we went running around the perimeter of Vysehrad, the first castle built in Prague, probably in the 10th century.
And that’s the end of Part 1. Tune in tomorrow for tales of food, Becherovka, and beer.