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Trip Start Feb 24, 2005
Trip End Aug 26, 2014

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Day 96 - 31/05/05     
Brno to Prague
Good start to the day as it was cooler this morning due to the storm last night and the down pour that luckily washed some of the bugs off our car; the windscreen looked like a war zone!!.

We only had 203km to go to Prague but decided we needed to get there ASAP as accommodation isn't that cheap and we would need time to look around.  We arrived 12.30 and pulled off the road at a major exit that looked quite big.  We checked the first hotel that turned out to be 4 star and a little out of our range.  The same hotel however had a hostel side to it that was in the same complex that was only €34 per night for a double with breakfast in the 4 star hotel dining room and the rooms are fine with their own bathroom.

It seems we get really lucky some days and stumble easily on accommodation without having to get lost in the city centre.  Turns out we are only 15kms from the city and there is a bus at the door step for only 12Kč.  We booked in for 3 nights and are going to do 2 full days in town so we explored our local area in the after noon…..nothing to report!!!! 

When we first arrived C said it felt familiar and could be the same place he stayed in last time he was here with his tour group.  When we entered our room and looked out on the fountain that changed in time with classical music being piped from somewhere, it confirmed it for him….what are the chances of being in the same suburb in the same group of hotels as he was 3 years ago!!!

Day 97 - 01/06/05
OMG, another month down!!!!!

After a nice breakfast in the Top Hotel massive dining room, we grabbed the bus at the doorstep to the train station, with an immediate connection to the city centre.  We changed trains and finished our trip at Staromĕtska.  At the square where our trip ended was the Old Town Hall which houses the information centre and beneath the old clock tower a well known Gothic Astronomical Clock that parades apostles and skeletons at every hour….quite an interesting sight.  Whilst grabbing a quick toilet stop at KFC we were surprised to see a bride exit the toilets complete with white dress, train and veil on her way to the church just a few metres away!  With intentions of quickly checking email and making a quick phone call we located an internet place and got to work.  After finding out we could make really cheap calls we got tied up and ended up leaving two and a half hours later with eyes and throats burning from the incredible amount of passive smoke in the tiny place.

After leaving the internet place J’s attention was caught by the "Sex Machine Museum", since we missed the Torture Museums in Italy we weren’t going to miss this.  We have now seen our first porn flick together and it happened to be in the company of 6 other middle aged people (5 men and 1 woman).  It was supposedly one of the first ever recorded pornographic movies and it was made in Spain in 1925 (they liked their ladies big in those days!!!).  The place was filled with contraptions to aid and stop sexual activity over the last couple of hundred years and the bondage room was quite disturbing!

After the museum we crossed over the Charles Bridge (Karlŭv most) to Malá Strana and the side of the Prague Castle.  The bridge is filled with artists selling their paintings and other bits and pieces and souvenirs.  We strolled over listening to a little jazz quartet busking along the way and walked around the square on the other side trying to work out which way Pražskŷ Hrad (Prague Castle).  When we realised it was already 4.45pm it was too late to find our way there as it closed at 5pm.  We ended up walking around all the streets and then crossing over the river further down and back to the Old Town.  As we wanted to get some evening shots of the bridge we knew we had another 3 or 4 hours so we had dinner at a little pub and waited for the sun to go down.  

At around 9 we walked back over the bridge and took some photos.  Unfortunately the battery went flat and it was then that we realised for the first time that we hadn’t charged the spare.  We only got 3 or 4 photos and thankfully they are OK.  It was still a lovely sight so hopefully we will remember it anyway.

We caught the train and bus home to our doorstep and were glad the music blaring in time with the fountain outside our window had stopped.

Day 98 - 02/06/05
Today we are going directly to the castle and not taking any internet or sex detours.  We arrived at the Castle on the tram from the bottom of the hill just in time to see the changing of the Palace guards, as the main area is now the Presidents residents there are still many guards surrounding the grounds.
When we were allowed to enter we bought an “access all areas” ticket.  We even had to pay €0.30 for a “license” to take photographs.  Our ticket took us through St Vitus’ Cathedral that had a bell tower that we just had to climb the 287 steps to the top to check out the view. 

 The Cathedral was a little more toned down than some we have seen but it had the most amazing stained glass windows in really vibrant colours.  After the Cathedral we saw the Old Palace , St George Basilica, the National Gallery, The Powder tower that contained a history of the uniforms the guards wore through the ages and Golden Lane that housed old style shops and a Medieval museum that had a cross bow shooting lane!!  One of the most informative displays was housed under the Old Palace and was the story of the castle that went back over the last few hundred years and who and how the castle grounds had been changed.

We finished the Castle just before closing at 5pm and walked back down the hill and crossed over at the Charles Bridge again.  We grabbed dinner again at a small café and then headed back home.
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