Archive for July, 2009

A Swan Stole My Wallet!

Posted in European Summer Adventure 2009, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Or it fell out of my purse . . . Or I got pickpocketed . . . But whatever, one minute it was there and the next it was not.

I still blame the swans.

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Long Praha Weekend

Posted in Travel Europe with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

It seems funny to write this in blistering heat of Southern France, but here it goes, another chapter in me trying to catch up on blog posts about my travels.

Three months ago, we had a 4 day spring break from training.  Marshall and I hopped on a plane to Prague, Czech Republic to visit his cousin Nate who is in med school there.  We had a blast seeing the local sights and taking a day trip to Kutna Hora.  Nate and his friends were very fun to talk to and share drinks with.  We had a couple of rousing games of Scrabble and even saw a show.

Prague is a cool city that I would love to visit again.  There are many nice parks, interesting architecture and lots of political graffiti.

The pivo (beer) is quite tasty, of course.  On one of our nights in Prague, Nate and another friend of his took us to a crazy cavernous underground bar.  Underground meaning literally underneath the current level of the street, not some sort of secret, clandestine location.  Apparently the street/ground level of Prague used to be several meters lower, then due to flood and other destructive forces, the city gained a few meters of altitude.  New buildings were built right on top of the ruins of the old buildings. Some underground rooms are still intact. This particular bar has several winding underground levels and is impressively large.

Marshall ponders another pivo

Marshall ponders another pivo

The green space in Prague is refreshing.  We visited several parks, some with awesome panoramic views of the city, some with fun trees to climb, and some to just lay in the shade and relax.

An evening view of Pragues Vltava River

An evening view of Prague's Vltava River

Two Monkeys in a Tree

Two Monkeys in a Tree

Giant Yellow Thing

Giant Yellow Thing

Our day trip to the former mining town of Kutna Hora was simple and relaxing.  We did have to wander for quite a while to find a place to eat, but I blame our lack of map and easily-distractable natures more than the town itself.

TRAIN!

TRAIN!

Monument to Victims of the Plague

Monument to Victims of the Plague

Big Man, Little Door (Nate)

Big Man, Little Door (Nate)

Lastly, I will leave you with some shots of the public art/ architecture/ decor that adorns the lovely city of Prague.

Funny Face

Funny Face

Baby Tower

Baby Tower

The Clock

The Clock

I took a bunch more photos, of course.  Prague was a wonderful place to visit and I hope to go back some day.  See more photos on my flickr site, here.

Micro Aggression

Posted in European Summer Adventure 2009, funny, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Here are some very special toys that I spotted in a rest stop in Portugal.  Mini pro wrestling action figures featuring everybody’s weapon of choice – the barbed wire bat!

Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, and Tommy Dreamer

Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, and Tommy Dreamer

If the road-side price of 19.90, you can buy your own collection online here.