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Old 08-19-2015   #31 (permalink)
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I bought a cuckoo clock in Munich! One of those things you feel like you 'have' to get in that part of the world, I guess!
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Gotta get this finished......

Day 7, Friday - Nuremburg. I don't have a ton of pictures from Nuremburg - the reason being that we went into town VERY briefly in the morning, had to go back to the ship for lunch, because after lunch we took one of the optional tours - called the WWII tour. It was fascinating - we saw Zeppelin Field, where some 250,000 soldiers would assemble to hear Hitler speak - and other thousands of people in attendance. We saw Congress Hall, which, never finished, has the look of the Colosseum in Rome. We went to the courthouse and museum where the Nazi war criminal trials were held - we went into the actual courtroom - very chilling. However, no pictures were allowed inside these buildings, hence...not too many photos.

Some scenes from the early morning stroll in town











This is the church in front of which is their famous Christmas market. I'm sure it's beautiful...



Nice farmers market this morning.


Bratwurst!! ( I was addicted)



The grandstand at Zeppelin Field. It's a bit in ruins now (because the Americans blasted it ....) - the little "cage" where you can see two people standing is where Hitler stood to speak to the troops



Congress Hall



The courthouse where the trials were held




Very interesting day, although I wouldn't say that Nuremburg was my favorite stop on the trip.

On Saturday, we leave the ship and go to Prague for 3 nights. Great photos coming of an unbelievable city!!!
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Thanks! Great report!

I am one of those people that opens and reads all Viking Cruise brochures

We can't decide if our first European trip would include a river cruise or instead be all on land.

My cousin is taking her daughter on a Viking cruise for her high school graduation next spring. I got a suitcase when I graduated.
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I am one of those people that opens and reads all Viking Cruise brochures

We can't decide if our first European trip would include a river cruise or instead be all on land.

My cousin is taking her daughter on a Viking cruise for her high school graduation next spring. I got a suitcase when I graduated.
Wow, that's SOME gift!! Lucky girl!
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So... end of the trip. Prague! I'm very glad we purchased the 3 night "extension" to Prague - everyone I know who'd ever been has said that you should not pass up an opportunity to go there. I would agree.

On Saturday morning, as everyone was disembarking the ship for either flights home, an extension stay in Nuremburg, or an extension in Prague....off we went with about 20 others from the ship on the 4 hour bus ride to Prague. Pretty countryside all the way there. When we arrived at the hotel, the Hilton Prague, there was a Viking Cruise reception desk and full staff awaiting. Within the first hour of our arrival, we were taken on a 20 minute walk to orient us as to where we were, how to get to the most important places (how and where to get the buses or the subway, etc)... and then we were on our own.

Oh yeah, she gave us some coupons for beers with lunch at a nearby cafe, which we promptly used up...

ANOTHER of the best meals I had on the trip - lamb sausages on kidney and green beans. SO SO SO SO GOOD



We walked a little bit around by the hotel, then checked in, unpacked and rested a bit. We had all pretty much had enough local foods - and we decided to find the BEST Italian restaurant in Prague for dinner. Thanks to Trip Advisor, we did!! La Finestra. We had cocktails in the Sky Bar in the hotel with great views, then took a cab to the restaurant.

My husband and I shared the bronzino. It was great.



Next morning, we had a bus/walking tour of Prague (part of the whole package, not extra). The guide was the BEST one we had on the trip, and they were all good. Prague is so fascinating - the fact that it was hardly bombed during the War, the fact that there were THOUSANDS of Jews there and now there are 1,000, the fact that they were communist until 1989... there is so much to tell, and he did. It was a great tour.

First, we toured the old Jewish "ghetto"



This is the OLDEST synagogue in Europe. Wow. Still in use.



Clock tower with a Hebrew clock



Jewish cemetery - raised because there are TWELVE layers of caskets buried on top of each other, since Jewish graves are not allowed to be moved.



Square in the Jewish area



Cafe Kafka - he's all over Prague!



We then walked to Old Town square to see the very unusual clock tower and watch it chime the hour. So many of the buildings in Prague are old churches repurposed as government sites, since religion was pretty much eradicated during the communist times. Today, 70% of the Czech Republic is Atheist....

This building inspired Disney castles....



There's a crazy, complex explanation of this clock, and when it chimes all sorts of stuff goes on.... Saints pass by in the windows, even Jesus, it's really incredible.



We, of course, found something to do while waiting for the 10:00 am ringing





We walked to the Charles Bridge - very cool, artisans, musicians, trinket sellers. It's all pedestrian.



Prague Castle from the bridge



Guard at the castle, I swear he was 12



As we walked under the Charles Bridge to get the bus to the Castle, there was this: A 9/11 Memorial built by the Prague Firemen to honor the lives lost in NYC. I found this very moving.



Tomorrow - last day in Prague, on our own!
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Oops, oh yeah, and this night picture on the square of that "Sleeping Beauty Castle" all lit up...so pretty

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So ... on our last day, my sister and BIL decided to take an optional tour to a concentration camp outside of Prague, and I and the spousal unit just spent the day roaming and taking it easy. I'll close, here, with random pictures of the day and night.

A most memorable trip, for sure.

The Opera House


Pretty streets



Tour car for hire



Creature comforts of home





Restaurant built INTO the underside of the Charles Bridge - had lunch here



Touching the statue of St. John on the bridge for good luck



Cool candy store, before I got yelled at... "NO PICTURES!!!" Sheesh



The national pastry - The Trdelnik. YUMMMMM of COURSE we had one







Last night dinner in a great restaurant in Old Town...appetizer plate. You really could eat liver every meal in Prague....



Prague Castle at night

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Thanks for a perfectly delightful TR! I've always wanted to do a river cruise and that one looks amazing. One more box on my to-do list.
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