3 days after Mom left I was already off to Prague to visit Tim. I was ready to finally meet the people and see the places he always talked about when we Skyped. His living situation was a mystery to me, although I was prepared for a dirty and unkempt space, and although I had traveled to Prague before, I could never picture in my mind many of the bars, restaurants, squares etc. that he told me about. I was also ready to be off the Euro for a few days and really see how cheap the lifestyle and the beer was after all Tim had raved about.
|library w/ its dimensions!|
|bridge of locks|
|Stoked to see Loreta!|
Saturday was the day to complete the list my Mom had sent me via email. Off to the dancing house first, then across the river to take the funicular up to the Petrin Tower (similar model to the Eiffel Tower). We climbed the tower getting a miraculous view of Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and Old Town across the river. Then taking a slippery slope (literally, made a wrong turn and slid down a frozen mountain) we made it to the monastery on the near by hill. We peaked in the church and the library on the monastery campus, then went to the pub/restaurant where we tried the monk brewed beer to warm us up! From their we descended the hill toward the Church of the Loreta (Mom's list). The entrance was rather prices, so we admired the outside, I bought a postcard (per mom's orders) and we continued back down the hill, taking the road that passes an entrance to the castle, and stopping for a Crepe and cappuccino break! Nomm. While warming up and enjoying our treats we debated whether to head back to the dorm before the Christmas tree lighting at 5:00, or just hang around the square for an hour. We opted to stay out in the cold and explore the Christmas markets, which was nearly impossible because the square was packed. Nearing 5:00 we were supposed to meet some others from the group, but we found that impossible, so we did our own thing. We thought we were clever when we decided to climb the clock tower and wait for the lighting (which we thought was happening within minutes).
|train without beers :(|