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In May 2010, I along with a dozen or so other random travelers toured all around the Czech Republic including side trips to Vienna and Amsterdam.  There are quite a few pictures here, in this order: Brno, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Kutna Hora, Prague, and Amsterdam. (if you want to skip!)

Brno

market

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Capuchin Monastery

Capuchin Monastery

Capuchin Monastery

Petrov – Brno

Climbing the stairs at Petrov

Climbing the stairs at Petrov

for THIS view!

The “center of the world” in Brno

For those of you who will actually GO to the Czech Republic at some point, please, please go to Cesky Krumlov.  It is, quite honestly, the cutest little town I’ve ever been to.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

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Alphonse Mucha museum. At the time, this was in Moravsky Krumlov. I believe it’s in Prague now…

Shot from a random gas station parking lot

Vienna was precisely as I expected/wanted it to be.  Clean. Stunning. Ornate. Expensive.

While in Vienna, my friend scoped out a restaurant/pub Reichenberger Griechenbiesl – it was amazing! There were signatures on the wall from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, all the way to Mark Twain & Pavarotti.

Hiking to some castle ruins

The Bone Church in Kutna Hora

St. Barbara’s cathedral – Kutna Hora

view of Kutna Hora

PRAGUE! Prague Prague Prague Prague

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Our room in Prague - forgive me, I can't remember the name of the hotel...

Our room in Prague – forgive me, I can’t remember the name of the hotel…

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We took a side trip out to Terezin and the Theresienstadt concentration camp.  While a humbling and sobering experience, it is one that I would suggest for anyone traveling to the area.  Such a dose of human experience is a bitter pill, to be sure, but one that we should be informed of and sensitive to.

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walk to the cemetery at Theresienstadt concentration camp

walk to the cemetery at Theresienstadt concentration camp

Theresienstadt concentration camp

Theresienstadt concentration camp

Theresienstadt concentration camp

Theresienstadt concentration camp

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and NOW, Amsterdam!  While we were exhausted by the time we got there and only had a day to check it all out, it was an amazing city.

Amsterdam canals

Amsterdam canals

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Anne Frank museum

Anne Frank museum

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flower shop - Amsterdam

flower shop – Amsterdam

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