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Day Thirteen - Prague

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Late to bed last night so a bit slow getting going this morning. We wanted to get to the Astronomical Clock by 10am to view the 12 apostles coming out - we left at 9.52am & raced there (for me a fast walk, for Ian a faster walk) - Ian was literally there & got stuck by a crowd of people on a tour & as he got through them, the doors of the apostles were just closing - so close & yet so far!!

People were then giving me strange looks as I had stripped down to a sleeveless top as was sweating from trying to get there - it was a maximum of 10 degrees today.

From here we walked about 1 1/2 hrs along the Vltava river to look at Dancing House & then onto a place called Vysehrad - which is located high up on a hill. We missed the main entrance & made our way through local side streets & then up some laneway stairs, a person then kindly showed us one of the more obscure places to enter. This place was amazing, full of beautiful gardens, Cementary (such elaborate monuments), pre-school & Basilica St Peter & St Paul. Great views from being up high on a hill, so got a few good photo's. We then navigated our way to the metro station.

Ian wanted to try one of the monastery home brewed beers so we caught 2 trains & a tram & made our way there. Got off 2 stops too early so had to venture through Castle Town / Castle Complex & as luck would have it, we got to see the changing of the guards & a bride & groom. Walked up the hill to the Monastery & had lunch in one of the restaurants where Ian could sample the monks home brew. Unique place where the seats were old church pews & our waiter mainly nodded rather than talked (perhaps he used to be a monk??). As it was clearer weather today we went to get another city shot & Ian found more home brew (blueberry), so we of course had to stop & taste.

Caught a tram & then walked to one of the Jewish museums, we wanted to see the children's drawings from a Holocaust camp where their teacher had buried them when she was moved to a different camp & they were discovered years later. Unfortunately you had to buy a ticket to 6 Jewish sites, you couldn't just see one - as we had been on our feet for hours, decided not to enter.

Put the map away & just took all side streets we had not been down to eventually make our way home. Arrived back around 4.30pm which has given me time to write this & keep our photo catalogue updated (up to 568 photo's). Going out to get some street food for dinner.

Very excited to hear the TEM Presentation Night was a huge success - a huge amount of work was put into this by the working committee. Congrats Matt on winning the men's top team Best & Fairest & thanks to Braden for the power point & music (I believe the boys are still out celebrating - it is 3.15am)

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Day Twelve - Another Prague Walking Tour

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Happy Birthday to Ian today - what a great place to celebrate your birthday. I got up & gave him breakfast in bed (muesli) - it's the thought that counts. The boys sent a message through at 3am - we had forgotten to switch our phones to silent.

We had another 4hr walking tour with Michaela starting at 9am - was a bit wet but the temperature for today was 13degrees - much warmer than we have been used to. Today we caught a train & tram across the river & walked through Castle Town & Little Quarter (Lesser Town). Didn't have clear views as a bit of fog & rain around - regardless it was spectacular. Ian wanted to try a beer at the monastery but he was out of luck as it didn't open till 11am. We wandered through some amazing areas & then ventured back over Charle's bridge & made our way back to Old Town. On the way Ian had a Svarak (warm red wine with herbs) & a Czech Grog (warm rum with water & sugar) - it was his birthday treats. We farewelled Michaela & made our way to Grand Cafe Orient for some birthday cake & coffee.

Walked around for a while & got back around 3pm & I had a nap whilst Ian read his book. We had made reservations for dinner at a local Czech restaurant 'Mlejnice' where we sampled a pork knee & I had beef goulash served in a bread roll - we shared apple strudel for dessert - yummy.

It was the opening of Festival of Lights in Prague but it wasn't nearly as good as Berlin.

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Day Eleven - Prague Walking Tour

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Woke to the sound of rain which was predicted but that couldn't spoil how beautiful Prague is - we did however have to purchase an umbrella. Went out for a couple of hours just looking around & shopping at a market. Had to be back at 1pm as we had booked a personal tour guide for 4hrs - this company had been recommended to us by one of Ian's work colleagues (she was brilliant).

Bit of background on Prague - it is split into 22 districts (sounds like The Hunger Games) & we are in District 1. Within District 1 there are various sections eg, New Town, Old Town, Jewish Town. Castle Town & Lesser Town. Today Michaela (our guide) took us to Old Town & Jewish Town (our apartment is in New Town). Pragues population is about 1.4 million & last year the Czech Republich had over 7 million tourists - 80% of these were in Prague.

Old Town is full of historical buildings & so many different types of architecture. Jewish Town used to be called the Jewish Ghetto as this is where all the Jews were forced to live - now it is an upmarket expensive area. Ian took heaps of photo's.

Lucky for us it didn't rain much during the tour. Came back & iced the old knees. We are meeting her tomorrow for another 4hr tour. Ian's birthday tomorrow also....

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Day Ten - Berlin to Prague

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Farewelled Berlin & boarded a train to Prague, leaving at 10.45am on a 4.5hr trip. It was so cold waiting for the train - my new coat came in very handy. About half way we had crossed into the Czech Republic, the countryside changes from pretty flat to big mountains, river & quaint little villages - a shame we couldn't stop to get some photo's - it was beautiful.

I spent most of my time on the train typing up the details of all our photo's to date - perhaps Braden will put in a book for us at some stage??

We walked from the train station to our apartment, only took about 15min - the apartment is basic but has all we require & is located in the middle of the city. Poor Ian had to carry most of our luggage as I have a bit of a sore back (maybe from carrying a heavy backpack each day). Headed out to the supermarket to stock up & then home to cook dinner. Big day planned tomorrow, so early to bed.

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Day Nine - Berlin

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Ian went out to the shops this morning to get milk for breakfast, he advised 'I am having a beer free day today' & returned with a bottle of champagne - said it was for me!!

Another sunny day in Berlin, it has been cold but we have been so lucky as no rain except for the day we arrived.

Being our last full day in Berlin we headed to the Holocaust Musuem, only to arrive & find out it doesn't open on Mondays - we were both disappointed as really wanted to view this. Decided to walk to Victory Tower & climb up to the top - great views. Had lunch at a small cafe & headed back to some shops near our apartment where I purchased a skive & warm coat - so now I can stop wearing Ian's jumper & rugby top.

Packed our suitcase again & had dinner in (with the champagne of course).

We find it interesting that people seem to drink beer like it is cool drink, you see them drinking everywhere from very early in the day - you can also purchase it anywhere.

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