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Prague

Czech Republic

We had booked 5 nights in Prague, pretty long for our standards. The main reason for this was because everyone we talk to rates it as one of their favorite places, and it didn't disappoint! We were instantly captivated by our surroundings. So many massive old structures in the old town area and all the flash new buildings in the new town. Prague was another lucky city to not be destroyed in WW II, as it was one of Hitlers favorite cities and he planned to retire here.

The Czech Republic is famous for its alcohol. They have many beers including the father of most modern beers, the first Pilsner - Pilsner Uquell They also are into their absinthe, from the Bohemian region. At the moment though, their spirits are rather infamous. In the 3 weeks leading up to our arrival, 19 people have died and many more in hospital from dodgy bootleg spirits sold as the real deal. The bootleg is made with methanol (not ethanol) which is quite toxic. Our first night we were asking for vodkas and we couldn't understand why no one would sell it, only to eventually find out that any alcohol with a higher than 20% was banned from sale from the day before we got there! We were kinda spewin' but glad at the same time.

We did the walking tour like usual and checked out the huge castle on our first full day there, and spent the rest of the days just cruising round and checking out the place. We went to a pub where it has beer taps at every table which just measure the cumulative volume you pour for yourself, pretty cool!

We also went out one night to a 5 level club. It was pretty tacky, but plenty of fun. We also treated ourselves to a lay around relaxing day, though for Kate it was more-so sleeping off a hangover. She's not used to having to drink beer all night with the spirit ban!

Sitting on a train to Munich now for Oktoberfest, along with stacks of other people. The train is overloaded, so we are glad we paid the little more to reserve a seat! It's also our 11 year anniversary today* :-) !

  • 21st September

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Posted by KPad 10:05 Archived in Czech Republic

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