Me in St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Melnik, Czech Republic
It occurs to me that I never go to more houses of worship than when I'm on vacation? From Buddhist temples in Japan to Gothic cathedrals in Prague, it's like I'm on pilgrimage. Ceiling of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Melnik, Czech Republic
Anyways, so I've been back in the U.S. for about a week now, but I still plan on posting some pics here and there. After K went back to the U.S., I took the an old Communist-era train to Bratislava, Slovakia, had lunch there. Train from Prague to Bratislava, Slovakia
Then I hopped on a hydrofoil
up (down?) the Danube to Vienna, Austria. Bratislava was like Prague, only with a higher ratio of ugly Soviet cement block buildings to pretty Baroque/Renaissance buildings.
The hydrofoil / catamaran was AWESOME. There is nothing quite like having a warm summer wind hit your face when you're zooming along the Danube at I-don't-know-how-many-but-it's-rilly-ril
ly-fast km/hr. From the back of a hydrofoil, cruisin' the Danube, the famous (I have no idea why) Bratislava bridge in the background
On the way, I even spotted a castles here and there. Castle on the Danube, Austrian side?
Vienna itself was fabulous. To be honest, I enjoyed Vienna a heck of alot more. Prague was the capital of a country, and Vienna, well Vienna was the capital of an EMPIRE, and you can totally feel that vibe. The EU, OPEC, and the European seat of the UN are all in Vienna. Furthermore, it's still got some relatively strong financial markets, all of which contribute to it being a much more cosmopolitan city Sunset on the Danube( Collapse )
And I know this doesn't fit anywhere in my post, but I have to leave you with one final picture from Prague.
Yes, that is a beer ice cream float. And it tastes like a beer ice cream float, which is to say not very good. I admit, I'm a suckered tourist, but hey, we were in the hundreds-of-years-old place that brewed the original Budvar!