We came to the grand old city of Prague in the Czech Republic.Â They call it The city with a 1000Â spires.Â Â Since its the only major city in Eastern Europe not damaged by World War I & II it is in beautiful condition with lots of history.Â Â Because of this, locals andÂ others oftenÂ sayÂ its the Â ”Paris of the East“.
That is Becky on the also famous pedestrian bridge called “Charles Bridge”.Â Great views from it.Â It is one kick ass bridge. Â Its in all of the movies like XXX.Â Rachel my sister-in-law said Prague looked beautiful from the movie triple X.
I heard many tales of Prague being cheap and it’s all lies!!!Â Â Â Maybe they were years ago when they first broke away from communism but nowÂ Â most things were about the same price as in the USA (at least in Indiana).Â Â Of course, this makes it about 10% – 20% or so cheaper then other big Western Europe cities like Paris or Venice, since the American dollar is so weak when compared to the Euro.Â Â
Since Prague is not part of the EU (European Union),Â it still has its own cool currency called Korunas (Crowns). $1 US dollar equals about 22 Kournas.Â You think great!Â You can live like a king.Â But, your average diet coke costs you about 22 Korunas, or sometimes 50 in the touristy areas.Â You do thatÂ math.Â That means a diet coke costs $1-$2 US dollars.Â Â No big savings there.Â The Euro gets about 28 Kournas.Â Goodie for them. Â Don’t expect to save any real moneyÂ in this not so Eastern European city.Â The city was beautiful like that of Paris and and very touristy with tons of tourists andÂ people, not to mention the gobs of Japanese tourist groups even in late October.Â Overall it was just too crowed even late at night.
The St.Â Charles bridge is called that becauseÂ King Charles IVÂ commissioned it.Â Â There are lots of statues on either side of the bridge.Â The most famous wasÂ some sainted priest dude named John that would NOT tell the naughty confessions of the Queen to the King.Â So, the King had him tortured, hung and then tossed off the Charles Bridge.Â Then, the miracle happened!Â Ahhhhhhh!Â Â Â Five glowing stars emerged from his head and floated up to the heavens.Â That is how you become a saint.Â Â Easy huh?
Now birds just pooh on him and his other saintly friends chill’n on the bridge.Â Our time was limited, so basically all I did was drink with my friend Lenny and see the bridge.Â I alsoÂ walked around, but not into the castle.Â I also saw some GodÂ awful black light show called Aspects of Alice.Â Â YouÂ can readÂ Becky’s blog moreÂ for the terror of the play.Â Â