Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia
We rode the bus to Dresden and spent 3 short hours in the town. It was absolutely gorgeous, even though it was small. We ate lunch outside at a café by the big church in town. The city is on the Elbe River so we walked along the river for a while taking in the views. I really loved it. We just wandered around checking out all of the buildings and gardens in the area. We found a really beautiful garden full of fountain in the center of a museum building and hung out there for a while before heading out.
We left for Prague, which took 3 more hours by bus. After settling into the hotel I went to dinner with Teresa and Marcie. We tried the local beer, and I got what should have been extremely weird, but was actually awesome tasting: chicken covered with cheese and peach slices. Anyways, I was impressed.
The next morning we woke up early and started off with a 5 hour walking tour. We got to see the Prague Castle, city center, a historic Jewish area, more awesome gardens, and their Glockenspiel. The architecture in the city is truly beautiful…each building is different and uniquely decorative.
After the tour ended a group of us headed down the hill and walked across the Charles Bridge. There was an Easter Market in the town center where we had brats for lunch. We shopped a little there and walked back to the hotel for showers and naps.
That night we went to a Black Light Theatre where we saw a “grown up” version of Alice in Wonderland. The effects and everything were very cool, but the whole thing was trippy and kind of, no - really creepy.
We spent 5 hours on the bus driving to Bratislava, Slovakia. When we got there we ate a quick, gourmet lunch at McDonalds, and went on yet another walking tour. We saw the town square, Slovak National Theatre, St. Martin’s Cathedral, a castle (can’t remember what one), and a palace (can’t remember that one either). The town was pretty but very small and there wasn’t much to do. We had an hour after the tour before we had to leave so we spent it shopping because everything was so cheap there.