Mighty Reader and I are just back from ten days in the Old World, specifically Prague and Vienna. Mighty Reader took a thousand-and-some photos and I might post a few at some point. I might say a few words about Praha and/or Wien at some point, too, but probably not; I find that Wittgenstein was, after all, correct. I will say, however, that the most striking thing about Austria turned out to be--no, not the proliferation of shops offering shoe and key repair (which still strikes me as a curious combination)--it's the Viennese Bread Scam, which works as follows: the diner enters a restaurant/cafe; the diner orders a meal and with it, a side dish of bread; an order of bread in this example is one slice of brown bread and costs 1.4 Euro; the server brings a dish with two pieces of brown bread; no mention is made to the diner that extra bread has been brought to the table; the diner shares his second piece of bread with his fellow diner; the server adds 1.4 Euros to the final bill for the second serving of bread. This Viennese Bread Scam is common practice at restaurants no matter the price/trendiness/whatever of the place. It took us quite by surprise, and thankfully it only happens with bread (we imagined servers saying to us "Did you eat the entire bowl of soup? That was two servings and I must charge you 5 Euros 70 additional."). Mighty Reader pointed out the strong possibility that whenever bread is brought to table in Vienna, half of it has been pawed over by previous diners. Wien, Sie sind eine seltsam Stadt, but it was a good time anyway.
Edited to add: This is my favorite photo from the trip, Mighty Reader on the Charles Bridge in the shadow of the castle (yes, that castle). No golems spotted.