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Salzburg - Beatiful city to the Sound of Music

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Salzburg is a lovely city - lots of parks, old buildings, and statues. We spent a few hours there on the way to Munich.

Off this huge, wonderfully maintained flowery park
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Is a smaller park with about 20 statues, all about as handsome as this one
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We climbed halfway up the hill to the castle, only to find that to go any further we would have to pay admission (for all other cities we've visited, entrance to castle grounds is free; admission is only required to tour the inside or the museums). Still, this afforded a wonderful view of the city.

The castle
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The city
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We had a picnic on the river, before heading to our next stop.
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Posted by chrisvasil 08:05 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (1)

Berlin - so much city, so little time

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Berlin was just not meant for this trip -- everything is so far apart, really a city of neighborhoods much like Toronto (but with much more sights) where a lot of time and transport is needed to experience the city or even to see the sights. We saw many beautiful buildings and of course there's a lot of history even apart from the war, but it's geographically a huge city. It also didn't help that I got the time wrong for the walking tour (so we had to do other stuff for a couple hours to wait for the next one), nor that our walking tour guide was terrible so we quit an hour in (after moving about 100m and hearing many bad jokes and long stories).

The walk guy with his hat and his saluting arm up
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Alexanderplatz (a TV tower) with a church
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Other buildings
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Brandenburger Gate, part of the old Berlin Wall and a rallying point for most parts of the city history
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Statue of the Goddess of peace atop Brandenburger Gate, brought from Berlin to Paris when Napolean conquered these parts, then brought back after the Russians beat Napolean.
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The Reichstag... Surrounded by trees, so hard to get a shot that includes flags and the building, it's too big.
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The Berlin Monument
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The wonderful market near our hostel, where we got cheap food (a whole rotisseried chicken for 3 Euro, another meal 2 euro each). When we stopped on our way to the train station one of the shops was closing for the day, so I ask the guy how much he'd charge for the cooked meats he has left, and he says 2 euros - for 2 quarter chickens, 2lb or so of sausage loaf, 2 smoked pork knuckles, and 4 chicken wings.

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Ceske Budejovice

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Ceske Budejovice didn't live up to expectations, though I guess that's a bit unfair to the city since we were expecting something like Cesky Krumlov, only bigger.

We had an excellent 1 star hotel room across the street from the train/bus station for 10 Euro each per night,
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There are some statues in the square and town hall is kind of fancy
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On our second day there I followed the river around the city, but the camera died so only a few pics.
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Posted by chrisvasil 12:56 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Cesky Krumlov - Beautiful small town with river and castle

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Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful small town in Czech with a river running through it (horseshoe-shaped) and a large castle. It's also a great city to spend a day or two in - the Lonely Planet map is 1km x 1km, so everything is extremely walkable.

Here's a typical view from a footbridge

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The red gate, entrance to the castle grounds
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Castle tower
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It started raining, so Sue was briefly grumpy -- but that didn't last long because it was such a beautiful and relaxing city.
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View from the castle
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I don't know why they do this -- instead of making buildings out of bricks or cement blocks, they make them out of concrete or have a stucco front, then paint brick shadows
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Cool, very accurate sundial
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Still on the castle grounds, is the Royal Garden. It's massive and beautiful. Whoever designed the castle and whoever decided to maintain it are wonderful.
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Us, walking in the garden - any photo in Krumlov with both of us was taken using 10 sec delay after many, many attempts. We had fun at it though.
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Hollow trees - at first I assumed they were rotten
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But then I wasn't so sure (this one looked perfectly healthy)
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More of us in the garden
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Massive slug
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Czech has beautiful manhole covers
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Best euromullet yet. On a young girl, no less (runner-up is her sister). I wonder what bets their dad lost....
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Sue on Horni Street. hehehe, it's a good place to be. At the end of the block you can find Jesus on Horni Street.
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Castle from below
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Me holding my bags and Sue's purse. I've been careful, but knocked one or two people with bags over the course of time since I'm not used to being 4 times my thickness.
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At the bus stop with internet, looking the way I usually do during downtime -- map, pen, and notebook in one hand, netbook in the other, Lonely Planet/Lets go open next to me, bags everywhere in front of me (locked together if it's a sketchy town).
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Prague - An old capital city

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The capital of Czech, Prague was amazing, largely because of the Sandemanns walking tour we took.

National museum, 5 min walk to train station and 2 min to our hostel

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Our hostel was huge, central, and cheap -- "Prague-One", a 3-room, 10-bed place on the second floor of an old fancy lowrise.
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The pink building is the old city hall, destroyed in WWII. The city otherwise remained almost entirely untouched.
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In the Jewish quarter - a statue of Kafka riding a headless, bodyless man, an illustration of a nightmare he had.
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the synagogue, which looks like a mosque in an homage to the Spanish Moors, Muslims who were among the only Europeans who were accepting of Jews at the time. The rest of the Jewish quarter was razed about a hundred years ago, as they hadn't had freedom of movement within the city for a several generations until the area became an uninhabitably overpopulated slum.
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Prague Castle

From afar
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Sue and a guard below a statue of a guy clubbing a guy at the castle entrance
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Us and a guard. Guards mostly stand there and ignore the hoards of tourists that have their pictures taken with them.
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The cathedral in the castle complex.
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Another church there
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View from the castle walls
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The famed astrological clock, which at every hour has stuff happenning at the 3 windows above the astrological dial, culminating with the middle rooster making noise.
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By complete chance we saw our friend Jo from the overland tour (who was on her last day of travel in Eastern Europe), and arranged to catch up and reminisce.
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Posted by chrisvasil 12:42 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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