Monday, September 30, 2013

Golden Row

Welcome to Golden Row. Originally built for the castle marksmen it slowly transformed to accommodate other occupations. Both rich and poor people, artists, clerks, footmen, etc lived there. Prague's famous poet Franz Kafka resided in house 22 for a time. The rooms were so small and quaint, they were exactly what I wanted to live in as a little girl. Something really tiny and cozy. After living in something along those lines for the past year though...give me some s-p-a-c-e.

Can anyone see the happy dinosaur on the left? I would ride into battle with that on to make the opposing side laugh their heads off or feel inclined to hug me and start singing "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family..." It's the best option for war I would have to say.
and from dresses to mayhem...
Some of these swords dated back over three thousand years old. Before Christ. BC people.

We're heading out into the countryside tomorrow! Get ready for castles and quaint towns!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thoughts for next Sunday's Marathon...

Minutes before the race...

aaaaaaaaaand minutes after.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Running in Prague

Last inside moment before we hit the cobblestones and head out for a 6am run!
There were so few tourists out besides us. But we're runners...does that make us different? Funny enough, as I'm typing this I'm remembering that there were several other runners we came across who were also snapping photos.
The quietest we saw the Charles Bridge all weekend.

Craziest lock bridge I've seen in Europe.
The Lennon wall. 
The end. 

I've only got a few more must-run days in other countries before the marathon and then we'll see how motivated I am to get up and run before the day starts while we're on vacation. I just might have to in Scotland. Ooo and Barcelona. Vienna! Okay, there will be more posts. Scratch that earlier wavering statement.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Prague Castle

This is serious business.
I mean really, serious business. If you don't mind your manners you may have to deal with these guys. Either the guards or the statues outfitted with clubs. 
Okay, maybe not so serious.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Prague II

After visiting the palace in Prague the clouds started to separate from the the thick blanket of gray that they were when we went in. The Charles Bridge was packed with tourists so we viewed it from afar from a secret viewing point Chris read about. Just as good. Its construction began in 1357. 1357! I just can't get over that. 

The history in this country blows me away. My aunt and uncle who we traveled with had hosted an exchange student from Prague for ten months in this last school year so we connected with her every step of the way on this trip. Seeing Prague with a tour guide from the area was really wonderful but the best part was getting out to some special parts of the countryside with Anna and her father as well. I can't wait until you travel out into it with us through posts coming up. But hold on, I'm getting ahead of myself. Back to the city for a bit. 

 Peeking in to the old Jewish cemetery.
We were all baffled as to why they would ever have built buildings in front of this grand church. Just...why?
These two photos, above and below, are views from our apartment. Yeah. I'd say it was our best airbnb yet.

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