A Day Trip from Prague

Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
Trip End Oct 07, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Friday, September 28, 2012

Today was a day to leave the hordes behind and catch a train to Olomouc.

In stark contrast to the train we were on from Pilsen to Prague, this one was one of the Super City express trains and had comfortable seats, air conditioning, power points to charge laptops, free newspapers and even on board wifi....and this was all in 2nd class!

It certainly made the 2 and a bit hour journey seem to go a lot quicker compared to having 8 people crammed into a tiny compartment with no air conditioning or room to move. I do like my comforts!

It was overcast as we left the station in Prague and stayed that way in Olomouc where it rained for a little while.

Our main aim in going to Olomouc was mostly to see a different region of Czech Republic (Moravia) rather than to see anything specific and Olomouc sounded like an easy day trip to do just that.

Once we arrived we caught a tram from the train station to the city centre and walked around for a while checking out the numerous fountains and monuments in the main square before having to seek refuge from the rain.

This only lasted about 10 minutes and we continued to wander the main square and follow the tiny back alleyways down to past numerous churches, finally arriving at the botanical gardens.

We followed the path around the centre of the city and arrived below Saint Wenceslas cathedral.

More small alleyways followed, which saw us pass by yet more fountains, churches and monuments before we found ourselves back in the main square and deciding the weather was only getting worse again so it was time to headed back to Prague having taken in a different city with a mere fraction of the people in Prague.

Another civilised train ride saw us back at our apartment around the late afternoon where attention turned to deciding where to eat dinner.

Having had several weeks of a diet consisting mostly of bread, meat and potatoes, we decided the Hard Rock Cafe would be a nice break from all of the heavy foods we have been indulging in with the added bonus that it was less than 2 minutes from our apartment.

Prague's HRC is a big place over 4 stories although it seemed they only had the ground and 1st floor open.

We enjoyed a few pre-dinner beers before ordering meals we are more used to - chicken nachos for Peita and fish & chips for myself. Peita's nachos took up most of the entire cafe and needless to say, she struggled to put a dent in them.

After dinner it was back to the room, once again with full stomachs and the knowledge a sleep in awaits us tomorrow which will be our final day in Prague and indeed, the Czech Republic.

We have the full day to see more of Prague before catching a 10pm night train to Warsaw.

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