Prague Day

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Had quite a nice day just wandering around Prague. Had to spend the morning doing our chores this included going to the U.S. Embassy to get papers notarized.  Nice embassy as it is in an old palace or at least an old mansion.  We were the only ones there which is quite unusual but lucky for us, another couple arrived and were able to be our witnesses.  Then we helped them by getting them their "ticket".  You pick what services you want and get a ticket.  Without the ticket, you sit there and wait forever.  They didn't realize this so we got their “ticket” for them.

            Afterwards, we had to go to the doctor.  We followed the guide book and went to the best place they recommended, Canadian Medical Care.  It was out in the suburbs but was good to go and find out I had bronchitis and no problems with my ear (had been worried after my diving attempt in Iceland), and that my hip is probably just the arthritis kicking in due to all the walking we have been doing.

            After the doctor, just headed towards the main part of Old Town and stopped for a sausage and baguette.  It wasn’t quite as good as the one we had yesterday.  Wandered over to Republic Square where the old city hall is with the clock tower.  We went into several of the churches around the square.  They are beautiful old churches but no photos.  I try and respect this but there’s usually someone in there sneaking photos with either their tiny camera or cell phone.  Today was no exception.

            We did go into the Old City hall but with my hip, we were not going up the tower to get the view.  Supposedly there was an exhibit on the first floor of the old city hall but only one room was open on the bottom floor that had beautiful mosaics on the upper walls and ceilings.

            Afterwards we walked over the Charles Bridge.  It is very popular and now even more crowded because half of it is being renovated so it is covered with scaffolding and tarps.  Don’t think we have ever been in Europe without something being covered in scaffolding.  When you think about it, most of Europe that tourists go to see is so old that it must be renovated all the time to keep from falling apart.

            We crossed over the Charles Bridge then came back and walked along the riverbank back to the hotel.  Was a very nice walk.  So sort of a short day for wandering.  A really nice day for walking around as Prague is such a great city.  I think we like it a lot better than Warsaw.  It is a more tourist friendly city than Warsaw.  That is good and bad.  Can hardly walk around without someone wanting to offer you a tour, a concert, or come to my restaurant.  But this can also be good as you are not going to miss much.  We liked it.
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