At last, Prague!!!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Finally!!  The place I had been looking forward to the most of all: Prague.  A city I've wanted to visit for so many years, and I was now on my way there, yay!  I opted for the early train from Munich, which left at 6.40 and would get me into Prague just before 1pm, thinking I'd rather get up early at get away from Munich.  Despite being in the wrong carriage of the train, which thankfully the ticket inspector pointed out, and BO boy sitting next to me for about an hour, nothing could put a lid on my excitement about Prague.
The train pulled into the station, which I have to say for the main train station of a capital city left a lot to be desired.  I got a bit lost just trying to get out of the damn place.  Then I stepped outside for my first views of Prague..... and saw a load of drunks and scumbags hanging outside the station.  Hmmmm.  Trying to work out where to head for the hostel whilst simultaneously walking and eating some fruit bread I took a comedy tumble straight onto my knee... not sure what happened but the knee bore the brunt of it, and needless to say it hurt a bit, but I'm sure it must have looked hilarious.  I managed to get my bearings ok and headed off in the direction of Wenceslas Sq, where my hostel was close to.  I thought I'd misjudged things until bam, the road curved around and I saw King Wenceslas' statue and a heap of tourists, this was defo the right place.  I found my hostel no problem, and it was nice and small, fantastic after the hideousness of the hostel in Munich. 
I chilled out with a green tea and had a look at a map of the city to decide where to go... no firm plans made I thought it would be best just to head out and see where the tide took me.  It wasn't too hard to work out which way to go to get to the main square in this part of town (Staromestske Namesti Square), I just followed the rest of the tourists.  And the square itself was heaving with them.  But they still couldn't detract from the fabulous buildings: the twin spired Tyn Church, the old Town Hall with its astronomical clock, and a whole load of other beauties.  I took a wander in the general direction of Charles Bridge to see what the craic was around there, unfortunately though it seemed almost every shop was full of tourist tack and the streets were rammed with tour groups.  Charles Bridge is actually called Karluv Most, and was full of tourists, and a few guys dressed up as sailors, bizarrely, I  had to hide my laughter as I walked past them.  Anyways, I headed down the bridge towards Mala Strana, the part of town across the river that houses the castle and other beauties.  I got some fantastic views of the castle from the bridge, it looked great.  Dodging the dodgy 'artists' on the bridge, I got across and wandered zombie like for a short while before realising I was seriously tired and hungry to boot.  It was time to head back to the hostel, stopping via Tesco's to feel like a sell-out again by buying their scran.
Even though I had been tired and the ridiculous amount of tourists had irritated me more than slightly, I had still enjoyed taking in my first sights of Prague and was looking forward to checking out loads more over the next few days.
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