Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pilsner in Prague!

Lisa, her father, and I spent my birthday weekend in Prague, Czech Republic drinking many, many pints of Pilsner Urquell.  How could we not?  The stuff was on tap almost e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. After a ~5 hour train ride, we promptly deposited our things at the hotel and then marched off in search of food and beer.  The weekend was off to a brilliant start:
Lisa and her father, Karl
This is going to be a great weekend!
Prague ("Praha" in Czech) is a stunningly beautiful city:  Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and the Vltava River are just a few of the prominent attractions.  The architecture in Prague is arguably some of the richest in all of continental Europe, especially since virtually all of it was spared from the destruction of the second world war.   Although the city's beauty and essence can't really be captured on film -- even more so when I'm behind the camera -- we made up for it by taking many, many photos.  The better ones follow... 
Back-side of Prague Castle
Old Town Square

The castle guard humoring (tolerating?) that annoying tourist...
St. Vitus Cathedral on the grounds of the Prague Castle
View from Prague Castle

Prague Castle from the Vltava River
Lazy Saturday afternoon

Near the top of Petrin Tower:  Prague's answer to Paris' Eiffel Tower
Drinking beer brewed locally by the monks of the Strahov Monastery   

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