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Thanksgiving Holiday in Vienna & Prague with Family

Nov. 25 – 29, 2016

Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic

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 As promised this is the continuation of the adventure, “Greece & the Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast cruise.”  As stated in the last blog Karree & I left Zagreb, Croatia early Thanksgiving morning by direct train enroute to Vienna, Austria.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings with my daughter Kellee & husband Jim and some of their friends.  The next day Karree, Jim, Kellee & I headed by train to Prague, Czech Republic, to round out the Thanksgiving holiday by spending three nights right in the old town square of Prague. 


 

Karree & I left Zagreb, Czech Republic early Thanksgiving morning and arrived in Vienna, Austria in the early afternoon.  It actually was a pleasurable ride viewing the scenery as we rolled along.  It is also nice because one isn’t stuck in a seat and can freely move around.  And very importantly there is also coffee, drinks & snacks for purchase.  I love to ride trains in Europe!

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My son-in-law could give the cooking show chefs a run for their money!

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We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving Dinner in Vienna with family & friends.

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The four of us took the train from Vienna to Prague.  It was about a four hour ride, and a great time to watch the scenery, play cards and to catch up on visiting. 

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Prague, Czech Republic is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities, and has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Vienna & Krakow.  Prague is built along the Vitava River and for ten centuries, it has been a magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes.  Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague’s medieval center remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle which overlooks the city.  Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Prague:  We booked an apartment right in the old town square of Prague.  Sometimes people say it doesn’t matter where you stay because you only sleep there.  I have to disagree.  The location of this apartment was fantastic and made the trip just perfect.   This was recommended to us by our friend Cheryl in Denver.  When I book hotels internationally I always use booking.com.  This apartment is Apartments Old Town Square 27 and the room is the luxury two-bedroom apartment.  I highly recommend it. 

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Christmas Market in the old town square of Prague.  It worked out very well because we could buy food at the Christmas Market & take it right upstairs to our apartment and eat it. 

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The Prague Astronomical Clock:  It was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.  And as stated previously it was located right out our apartment window.  It was fun rushing to the window at the top of the hour to watch & listen to it. 

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Kellee had purchased “standing room” tickets to the Prague Opera House.  We didn’t stay for all of the performance but it was nice seeing the beautiful opera house. 

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The Old Town Bridge Tower:  Charles Bridge, was built by Emperor Charles IV starting in the year of 1357.  Access to the Charles Bridge was protected by bridge towers, built at either end of the bridge. The tower on the side of the Old Town, known as Old Town Bridge Tower, was built between 1370 and 1391.  The gate to the Old Town was also conceived as a symbolic victory arch through which Czech kings passed on their coronation processions.

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Bridge Statues & Statuaries:  The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues & statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.  The originals can be seen in the National Museum in Prague. 

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Charles Bridge:  Charles Bridge is on the top of every Prague visitor’s must-see list. It is also popular with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round. Prague Castle with the St. Vitus Cathedral is the castle showing in the background.

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Lesser Town Towers:  On the Lesser Town end of the Charles Bridge are two bridge towers. The smaller one, the Judith Tower, was built in 1188 to guard the entrance to the former Judith Bridge. The adjoining taller tower was erected in 1464 on the orders of King George of Poděbrady who wanted a counterpart to the Old Town Bridge Tower.  We crossed the bridge and walked through the Lesser Quarter to get to the Prague Castle.

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We walked through Lesser Town and up the long hill to the castle.  We didn’t get there until around noon and the line to get tickets was so long we decided to come back the next day and be there before 9 am.  The next day we rode the tram that took us up above behind the castle, there was no line so we paid and walked right in.  However, it turned out to be a cold, windy, rainy day as opposed to the day before. 

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We arrived just in time for the changing of the guard.

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 Prague Castle Complex:  Records indicate that Prague Castle is the largest castle area in the world. Its three courtyards and a number of magnificent buildings cover over 18 acres.  The Prague Castle experienced one of its greatest periods during the reign of Charles IV (1346-1378) when it became the seat of the Holy Roman Emperor. The Royal Palace was rebuilt, the fortifications were strengthened, and the construction of St. Vitus Cathedral was initiated, following the style of Gothic French cathedrals of the time.

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St. Vitus Cathedral:  The cathedral’s foundation stone was laid in 1344 by Emperor Charles IV. The first architect was Matthias of Arras.  Over the following centuries renaissance and baroque details were added and the job was completed in 1929.

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 A Christmas Market in the Prague Castle courtyard.

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  Lots of things to see & museums to stroll though in the Palace Complex.

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We had a delightful lunch in a restaurant in a cave, and ample time to thaw out our hands & feet.

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The conclusion of a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family.

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Keep on traveling!



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Posted January 25, 2017 by marilynfarmer in Travel

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