Trip Start May 21, 2008
Trip End Jun 25, 2008

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's now Friday and we are once again on an EzyJet flight, this time to London Stansted, just outside of London in Essex. 
We spent the last two nights in an amazing hotel on the Old Town Square in Prague.  On arriving at the airport Jeff went to get some cash as they use Czech Krowns as their currency (not changing over to the Euro till next February, I believe), whilst I sussed out the airport transfers.
We decided to catch the direct airport transfer to our hotel instead of the cheaper option of the bus to the town square and then a 5 or 10 minute walk to our hotel.  We hopped in the mini bus with another 5 people leaving the one seat spare next to Jeff in the very back row.  Just as we were about to take off this Mainland Chinese lady sat next to Jeff and proceeded to sniff and snort loudly the whole trip.  Here we were avoiding  everyone we saw sneezing or coughing all around Europe and then to get stuck next to the disgusting snorting, sniffing woman for the entire half hour didn't make either of us happy!  Then to make matters worse Prague had decided to set up this huge TV screen in the Old Town Square so the entire town could come and watch Czech Republic play football in the Euro 08 Cup.  Unfortunately this meant that the driver couldn't take us to the hotel and had to drop us off at the beginning of the square and we had to find the hotel and make our own way there! So much for paying extra for door to door service!
When we arrived we were greeted by the nicest people, given discount cards for local restaurants and shops and told the room came with complimentary breakfast, then we were taken up this modern glass lift to the second floor, then up a few stairs, down a few, down a hall way, round a corner, down another hall up a lot of stairs and on the left was our room. Then he opened the door to the most amazing room.  It was an attic suite, with a large dressing, a huge marble bathroom, an open plan room with a king size bed, a table and chairs, and a few cupboards then another little room with another cupboard and a mini bar!  I'm sure you could have put our Paris room in there 5 or 6 times!!  It was beautiful as well as being new and lovely! 
So we dropped our bags and headed down to the square for some dinner.  The first place we looked at was perfect and we ordered vegetable soup followed by goulash and potatoes (yep it is quite cold in Prague and we wanted comfort food!)  It was great!
Then we walked over to the Astronomical Clock (just outside our hotels front door) for a quick look.  It is this most amazing clock, that on every hour the top opens up and these characters turn around, it makes music and  lots of other good stuff.  It is really beautiful and every hour loads of people gather there to see it.  After it finished we decided to go on a Prague ghost tour!  It was the worse tour we have ever been on, in our lives! The girl doing it was lovely and friendly but just not very good and there was only the two of us on it (now we know why!)  It was meant to go for one hour but her stories and legions went on for so long it took almost 2!  But the good thing was it gave us our bearings straight away, which was really good!
The city is absolutely beautiful!  A lot like Bruge in Belgium, with the most amazing painted and decorated buildings, cobble streets, lit up shops filled with Bohemian stuff like crystal, blown glass and those amazing dolls that are filled with loads of other dolls.  All the main buildings have statues all along the top, many made of gold.  So very pretty! The tour took us up along Charles Bridge which is a 500m long walking bridge (one of 5 or 6 bridges, you can see along the city reach) with a view of the Prague castle up on the hill.  It is like something out of Disneyland, so magical!
After the tour we had a quick wander around the Old Town Square on our own before realising it was nearly midnight and as we didn't want to be around when all those ghosts she had told us about started haunting Prague, we decided it was time to retire to our beautiful room.
The next morning we got up and went down for our "complimentary breakfast" to the most amazing spread.  I love the Czech people, as they serve cake and sweets even at breakfast time!
With full tummies we hit the footpaths!  First on Jeff's list of jobs was to revisit all the places we were told legends of on last nights ghost tour, to take some photos.  Then it was over the Charles Bridge and up to the castle, where our Santorini mountain climbing training was put to good use once again!  As there was a very steep hill leading up to the castle (why do they insist on putting these things up on hills!)
 At the top was the palace, a huge catholic cathedral with the most beautiful stained glass windows and about 10 alters.  Outside of the Vatican this would have been the most beautiful church I have ever seen.  It also had the most amazing view across this beautiful city!
Next was back down the hill, this time by steps, a wander through some squares then down to the river.  We turned right instead of going over Charles Bridge and ended up finding the most beautiful, peaceful park, which we strolled through.  Then over a different bridge and back to Prague via a different part of the city. 
The walk must have been wonderful as we managed to take over 150 photos on our walk!
Then it was back to the hotel for a quiet drink and some work on the computer and to pack for our flight to England the next day, before again heading out again, this time in search of somewhere for dinner.  We managed to find an authentic restaurant that had a jazz band playing and decided to go there.  The food was interesting although not as good as the night before but it is when you ask for the bill that it gets interesting.  On the bill you get the price for your starter, the price for your main and then a charge (a couple of Aussie dollars) for the bread that brought, but you don't ask for or want, then a charge for the "live music" another 5'er, then on the bottom of the bill they say that "service isn't included and should be added!  They certainly don't miss you!
After dinner and a glass of wine, we went for another wander over the Charles Bridge to take some more photos and just enjoy the view.  Then back to the Old Square for an ice-cream.   Next thing you realise it is 11pm and as we had a 6am wake up call it was time to head to bed.
We were on a 9am flight out the next morning so we had to get a wake up call for 6am and a quick breakfast before heading to the airport, wishing we could have stayed a few extra days.
Next stop London Stansted!
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