First Full Day in Prague

Trip Start Feb 24, 2012
Trip End Feb 28, 2012

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Prague Castle Hotel
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, April 5, 2010

First full day in Prague, the weather was sunny and around 60!  We met for a Grand Prague Tour, booked through Viator, and 9:30am in the Republic Square.  We thought this was a walking tour, but seems more than half of it was from a bus, and the other half was touring the Castle.  Prague, or as the locals call, Praha, is such a beautiful city. Most of the cites original structures remain, as Prague was untouched during WW2.  We toured the whole city on the bus and ended at the castle.  It was nice to finally hear history about the castle, the day before we just wandered around.  We were able to see the changing of the guards, something they do every hour.  We had lunch and political talks with some people from Denmark and the UK.  Tomorrow President Obama will arrive and stay here, so the castle and all local shops around will shut down for 3 days.  People are not very happy about that, but I think this meeting is supposed to be pretty important.  The Jewish synagogues and cemetery were closed due to the holiday, but we were able to sneak pictures of the Jewish graves through the gate. We ate lunch at Ristorente Pizzeria Giovanni, a little place in a back alley.  Chad had the Giovanni pizza and I had pasta with mushrooms, Chad's had a funny taste, but he seemed to like it.  Next we went to the main train station to inquire about seat reservations to Salzburg.  We were told we didn't need them, but it's a 7 hour ride to Salzburg and I don't want to miss the first train, I hope this man was being truthful.  We then went and explored a little bit of New Town.  The national Museum was closed, it closes the first Tuesday of every month.  We continued to walk around, we browsed antique shops and touristy stores.  We walked for hours!!  We walked across the Charles Bridge, truly amazing.  Thing most people do not know is that the statues are actually replicas, and that if the originals were out they would have been ruined from pollution ages ago.  There's a lot of people on Charles bridge, I couldn't imagine this place during peak tourist time.  We started to get tired from all the asking, so we ended the night at another restaurant to the left of our hotel, Budweir.  It was a little odd, meaning the decorations were a collaboration of many different things.  It was suppose to be Mexican, but it had Italian and Egyptian decor. We ordered our food (pork and chicken platter) that we shared alone with a liter of wine.  We realized after placing our order that this place only took cash.  So Chad went on a wild chase for an ATM, and returned about 30 minutes later! So we had another liter of wine!  We walked back to our room and watched a little MTV (the only American station) and fell asleep.  Great day in Prague!
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