Goodbye Prague, hello Budapest
Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
26Trip End Aug 25, 2013
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Our last day in Prague was spent with a walking tour with Vladamir taking us around Old and New Prague. It was pretty warm and I am feeling loaded down with history. We did the Jewish area again and it was interesting to compare the commentary with the one I had a couple of days ago when I hired the young man and the "bike". Two different age groups and a slightly different perspective on some issues.
Walking over the Charles Bridge seems to be a compulsory activity when you visit Prague...it was the first of the 18 bridges built over the river and is only for pedestrians now. It is seething with atmosphere with all the people plus musicians, artists, people "sculptures" etc
In the afternoon I went searching for a massage. I had asked Vladamir to give me some advice on where to go but he was a bit puzzled by my request so I decided to go back to find my "cycle" young man. He gave me good directions and I braved the experience. I haven't managed to get anyone in the group to do this sort of thing yet!!! The place I went to also had the little fish that nibble the dry skin on your feet but the tank they were in was up on a platform (and in the window of the shop) and I was not sure I could manage the climb safely so I settled for a lower leg massage. It wasn't quite as severe as the one I had in Korea but certainly gave my legs and feet a thorough kneading. I think the young Czech guy who did it must have thought I was so tense afterwards he asked me to stay and I was given a head ,shoulders and arms relaxing massage afterwards for free. He didn't know where NZ was but when I said near Australia he said "Crocodile Dundee" ! I returned to the hotel a new woman.
Friday ...We were transferred to the railway station this morning. Stephen had given us instructions on how to best manage the luggage given we had only a short time to board the train to Budapest ...about a seven hour journey. Bumped into someone from Napier that I had met at Colleen's birthday dinner!!! We managed the luggage and ourselves with minutes to spare which pleased our tour leader.
The countryside is gentle rolling and all crops...maize, barley, wheat,sunflowers etc. some of the crops have already been harvested. The air conditioning on the train has packed up and we are sweltering in 30 degrees plus...not the most comfortable. High temperatures are forecast and it is brilliant sunshine.
Later..evidently the temperatures were 35 plus so probably the air conditioning could not cope. Arrived in Budapest about .4.30pm and then boarded the boat. After a sumptuous dinner we were taken on a breath taking cruise....the castles are close to the river and are lit up. You can also see birds flying above..the lights reflect on them . Can't believe how much I am enjoying the trip although the heat and the steps are a challenge. It is supposed to reach 40 degrees this week.