We are a married couple who adopted our little Russky, Nikita {aka Nicky, Nicky noodle, little man, Nikoli, the Nickster, crazy dude, goofball, puppy love, etc...you get the picture!} from St Petersburg, Russia four years ago. Join us as we stumble through the joys and perils of parenthood, while our son teaches us a few things along the road...


Czechin' Out Praha

After a long, overnight bus ride from Budapest to Prague, we Czeched into our hotel, had a bite to eat, rested and cleaned up a bit then hit the town running...er - biking.  My cousin is going to be a bike tour guide for the summer in Paris - ah, the charmed life. 

Anyway, she decided to Czech (tee hee hee...never gets old!) out the competition, and possibly pick up some pointers from a seasoned guide.  Unfortunately, our guide left a lot to be desired.  He had only lived in the city for a year or so, didn't have much of a sense of humor, wasn't the greatest of story tellers, didn't have a lot of information in general and we stumped him on a few easy questions.  Where's Samantha Brown to guide you when you need her? 

Oh well...I learned that I can still ride a bike (yes, there was some major doubt to the age ol' saying "it's just like riding a bike" - the last time I rode one was when I was 19 and I crashed into a bush and got stuck), and we got to cover a lot of the city in a short period of time.

Views around the Vlatava...

Mala Strana...

*Yep.  Pissing Men. (outside the Kafka Museum)  Apparently you can text a number and tell it what you want them to write out with their, um, pee.*

Day 2 in Praha was spent in and around the Castle and meandering through Old Town. 

We crossed the Charles Bridge...

*Making a wish on St John of Nepomuk*

...then climbed up to the Strahov Monestary where we were afforded amazing views...

Oops...how did that get in there?!  I meant views of the city!

We headed back to the castle to explore a bit, only to find that the one church I actually wanted to tour, St Vitus, was not only mostly covered in scaffolding, but it was also closed.  Figures.

Apparently a tourist must in Prague is viewing the Astronomical Clock located in Old Town (Staré Město) as it chimes the hour.  I know the clock is old, and is some great marvel, but I was left feeling a bit "eh, ok.  let's move on.".  It was cool to experience nonetheless (and scratch it off my must-see list), and the surrounding square is quite charming.

*Hotel Rott - our home in Praha*

My last day in Prague was rather chilly, so I didn't venture too far from St Wenceslas Square.  My cousin had flown to Amsterdam that morning, so I was left to my own devices.  I wandered in and out of shops in Old Town and had yummy glühwein to keep me warm. 

Growing up in Germany as an Air Force brat, I had always wanted to travel to Prague.  Of course, at the time it was a city in a communist state under the USSR, so my parents wouldn't allow it.  I'm so thankful I was given the opportunity to travel there now, and love my husband even more for "playing Momma" while I was gone!  The Golden City is definitely somewhere I would like to return with Kris someday - there were, afterall, lots of shops I didn't make it into!

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