📸 — Prague, Czech Republic

Vienna, Slovakia, Budapest and Prague are very common tourist stops in the central Europe vacation circuit. The architecture has similar trends (some cities survived the World Wars better than others), their history is tied together by royal families, common wars and the development of governments as they stand today.

We really enjoyed our guide and the history lesson she shared on our walking tour in Prague. She explained they had three massive invasions in the last few decades: first, by the Germans who stripped their culture and language and replaced it with German. Second by the Soviets who drew the iron curtain for many years. And then most recently by tourists… who have come to explore this relatively new country (it separated from Slovakia in 1993) and is still trying to solidify its routines for decades before.

We also learned a few shocking pieces of history… Prague is actually one of the best preserved cities in Europe. Why you ask? Because Hitler wanted to retire in Prague. So he didn’t bomb it.

It was only bombed twice: once by the Americans by mistake (funny right?), who thought they were bombing Dresden in Germany. Both cities are super close, and I guess they just made the mistake. And then by the Nazis, two days before the end of the war. But not much was destroyed.

Another one that is even more grim — Prague has the best preserved Jewish quarter in Europe. And that is because Hitler wanted to keep it as a museum of the extinct Jewish race. Yeah, pretty dark stuff.

Lots was absorbed here. We met some great people and hung out a few times during our stay as well as had the chance to watch the most crazy football match… England vs. Croatia with a bar that had hundreds of UK fans!! A few thousand people in a biergarden outside, mostly intoxicated. Whenever a team would score a goal, beers were flying in the air. Full beers, I should mention. A 0.5L beer in Prague costs about 2$, so people are not too careful when they challenge gravity with it. We went back home covered in ale.

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Not the grand Budapest hotel… but still grand.
The metro walls are fun, and their museum sits facing you as you walk out of the metro.
The oldest operating jewish churches in all of Europe.
We randomly stumbled upon this… Steve Wozniak donated a lot of personal items that we decided to go and visit. They had almost every product Apple ever created, such as the Apple I, Apple II and the Lisa — one of only 100,000!
Europe in summer…. tourists and tourist polar bears
The clock was under construction, because the city is doing a special celebration at the end of the year.
Vlogging in a local bar — talking about our travels.
Lunch meals are bomb here, $10 CAD for a three course meal!
A university that Albert Einstein got kicked out of for being a not so great teacher.
Opera house

Sigmund Freud likes to hang around. 😉 Fun fact: this was a statue in memory of his crazy experiments, and caused a high call volume of 911 calls in the city as locals and tourists assumed it was a real person.

There are a few other hanging people too.
Old car tours.
Clay on clay technique that you carve out the design you like look like 3-D
Lock bridge on the way to the John Lennon Wall
This used to be a place with drawings of John Lennon and people would write their favorite lyrics of his, but tons of touristes just wrote their name and other meaningless stuff with spray paint on it. The whole thing is ruined now.😢 A least the man with the guitar was doing great justice to his songs.
Find the Oli…
Europe in July… we stopped trying to take photos with no one in them.
The Charles Bridge…
What the what?!!? Why would people pay to hold the rats of the sky!!!?? Also, dyed birds? WTF?
Prague’s Jazz Fest! our third of the year :D
Did a local Czech Beer Tour, which is kind of like a classy pub crawl.
Oli was having far too much fun.

“Why don’t you Taj Mahal the shit out of it?” is what the Rolling Stones said when they decided to paid for the lights on the Prague Castle since at night in the 1990’s, since it had no lights on it until then.

The Summer Palace, and the astronomer who made discoveries from this location was killed by a blater infection… as he was too nervous to go to the bathroom and leave his meal with the king…

The singing fountain, made out of the same material as a church bell instead of stone. The water make a ringing sound as it hits the bowl.
One of five presidential houses. No one had the chance to live in here as it was finished just before the Soviet occupation.
Visiting the Prague castle!
A Slovakian designer made this small stage that when you talk on the circle, it creates a echo. But we didn’t know that till we spoke.
Guarding the grounds.
The church ran out of money to finish it’s windows so they asked for local sponsors. One of the windows has the first known insurance company sponsor from the medieval ages.
Change of the guard
The tiny area the poorest of the poor lived in the castle grounds. Some houses are only 10 feet wide!
In the far right, they made a mini Eiffel tower because they loved France’s so much.
Our awesome new friends that made the last few days in Prague even more awesome. 👋

England vs. Croatia semi-final game at a beer garden in Prague. All I can say is that UK fans are crazy…and a few beer showers were had.

Who’s breakfast was better?! Our custom waffle challenge.
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