Charles Bridge Palace which was amazing and incredibly reasonable.
The next day we started off the day with an early morning run throughout the city. This was the only exercise we attempted while in Europe, so don't give us too much credit. Michelle and I ran together and Miles ran with Craig, but we happened to run into each other along the way and stopped in to check out the Prague Castle which is where their government officials have offices and where the Czech Crown Jewels are kept. I'm really glad we went for a run though as we were able to see the city at a neat time when things were still quiet and the streets weren't swarmed with tourists (like us). After breakfast we went on a free walking tour of the city.
The tour lasted a couple hours and went through several different sections of the city. The clock in the picture below is an Astronomical clock dating back to 1410. The story goes that the man who built it received such recognition and fame that the city officials were worried he would build a similar clock for another city. In order to prevent that from happening they burned his eyes out with hot metal rods. As payback, he jumped from the clock tower into the inner workings of the dial, killing himself and breaking the clock in the process. It took hundreds of years to get it working again.
Not really sure who wins in that story - but a good attention grabber during a tour.
That evening we went to a string orchestra concert in St. Nichols Church which was amazing. The following day, our last in Prague, we got to meet up with my friend Daniel who is a Soldier in the Czech Army (he's in the middle of the picture below). Daniel and I worked on the same FOB while in Afghanistan, so it was neat to be able to catch up with him during our visit. The other picture is of the beer that Miles ordered for lunch. It was actually only 11:30 in the morning when they brought out this bad boy. They don't really mess around in Europe. My friend Renel commented how water is more expensive than beer in Prague and while funny, it's entirely true. If you order water at a restaurant it is not free and often times it is more expensive than a beer! Bottoms up!
After leaving Prague we headed back to Germany, but I'll need another naptime for that post. :)