Back to Prague I go, but this time to meet up with my baby and friends! AH and I both got on the train from Stríbro to Pilsen, because she had a meeting that morning also! The ride was about 30 minutes, then she hopped off and I stayed on for the rest of the ride to Prague! The ride was 2 hours of rolling hillsides and never ending canola fields. I still feel strongly that everyone should take a train ride in a new country if the chance arises. I couldn't stop staring out the window and smiling, a feeling I could totally get used to!
When I arrived in Prague, I briefly connected to the wifi at the train station so I could load the map to the office where I was to get the key to the AirBnb. It was just a block away, how nice, and I was able to leave my bag there until check in, around 130PM. Now, MW (a friend from Philly also going to the wedding), was already in Prague, so I met her at a Starbucks. Starbucks is a good meeting place since you can't miss the logo.. and they always have wifi! Don't worry though, I didn't get a coffee there. HA! We hugged a lot and chatted for a minute before it was time to pick up the boys from the train station and go drop our stuff off at the apartment. The guys got off the train and immediately cracked open a beer.. and then proceeded to tell us they had already had a few on their 4 hour train ride from Berlin. Boys will be boys...
We ended up walking through Wenceslas Square on our way to the apartment, man was is just packed with people! The square is a popular place for tourists.. and I'm still trying to figure out why. It's basically a bunch of expensive shops, cheesy restaurants where people dressed in costume serve you goulash, about 15 Starbucks, and a gazillion boys on Segways begging you to go on a tour. I get pretty uncomfortable in tight quarters with people yelling at me to buy something all while carrying everything I own on my back. We veered off onto a side street just to get out of the congestion of the square.
Our apartment was on side street near lots of the things we wanted to explore! It was clean and big enough for all of us to have enough space to spread out and get some good sleep! We unpacked a little and rested our feet before heading out for the evening. The boys napped on the couch together, 5 days of drinking in Berlin can really zap it out of you. haha.
Rested up and ready to make the best of the afternoon/evening.. we started towards the Charles Bridge. The bridge, probably the most famous one in Czech Republic wasn't as crowded as I was expecting, thank goodness! There are many bridges that make up the city of Prague and we were pretty close to crossing all of them that were near the city center! Each bridge had its own beauty and history! I was really looking forward to crossing the Charles bridge in the dark, so we made our way up.. and I mean UP.. to the Prague Castle and the Saint Vitus Cathedral. The castle sits on a hill with stunning views of the city as well as the many bridges. We arrived right as mass was about to begin, which I think requires buying a ticket? I overheard someone saying to find your assigned seats and enjoy the mass. I guess visiting the biggest and most important cathedral in the country would be something that could require a ticket! The Cathedral was massive and the detail blew my mind! It's so hard to believe that these intricate buildings were built so so so long ago! The construction on this one started in 1344!
On our way down from the castle, we wandered around for a bit to find the John Lennon Wall. The John Lennon wall was once just a normal wall in the back streets of Prague but has been converted into a symbol of love and peace beginning in the 1980's. The wall was originally covered in all things John Lennon as well as quotes about love and peace. Graffiti on the wall is still legal.. so it's an ever changing symbol of the city! When we visited, it smelled very strongly of spray paint! We also happened upon the 'love lock' bridge... a much smaller version of the one in Paris. I can't remember where we ate that night, we were all starting to get a bit hangry so we just ate a place near the Lennon wall. Dinner was delicious, BHW and I shared schnitzel, potatoes, and a salad. We also all split an order of fried cheese.. yum!
We got back to the apartment and crashed pretty hard.. lots of walking in the mix for tomorrow so we needed to rest of little feet!