Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
Trip End Nov 21, 2009

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Wow, what a beautiful city is Prague!
Evan and I had a 7am flight from Heathrow which meant leaving the house at an hour that started with 4 - urgh! Anyway better an early morn holiday flight than one for work....
Through customs & baggage by about 10.30am Prague time & then with tips from Evan's Czech friend Christina from work, we got the bus & metro to our hotel! Nice hotel close to the train stationite, pretty modern, b'fast included (I'm looking forward to that), checked in, dumped our bags and went off to explore Praha.
On the map it looked like we had to walk for ages but everything is so close & before you know it we're at the river Vltava with awesome views of the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Petrin Hill.  We've arrived on a sunny but cool day, not realising how lucky we are.  As we'd already bought a daily ticket for transport we decide to make our way across the river to take the cable car to the top of Petrin hill.  This is a huge green area overlooking the city with great views from the tower.  Now just to let you know we took lots of photos, I mean lots, we couldnt believe how beautiful everything looked in the autumn colours so apologies if all the photos look the same....we couldnt help it. 
I'm trying not to let my issue with heights stop me from venturing to the top of viewing points so I slowly climbed my way up the winding stairs to the top of Petrin tower (Evan kept telling me to look at the view on the way up, not a good idea).  I'm sure it was wobbling up there but tried to ignore that and take in the breathtaking views.  They say Prague is the city of 100 spires, well they could be right - it was great.
After walking back through the gardens (lots more photos of autumn leaves) we crossed the bridge and made our way to the Old Town Square.  Here it was time for a hot drink as it was starting to get pretty chilly.  Cafes by the square of course charge a premium for drinks but it was worth it, plus at the exchange it wasnt that expensive compared to London.  At the square is the Astronomical Clock Tower which was finally in working order by 1570!  On the hour crowds gather below to watch Death (one of the 4 figures beside the clock) ring his bell and invert the hourglass, as the 12 Apostles parade in the windows above nodding to the crowd - its pretty cool.
Dinner was at an amazing Czech restaurant (thanks to Christina) where we had goulash & dumplings, just what was needed on a cold night, unfortunately no room for strudel.
On Sat, it was freezing, apparently about 3 or 5 degrees, we layered up but were still feeling the cold so I had to buy a lovely beanie & it did make a huge difference.  Spent the day walking around the maze of cobblestone streets, stopping regularly for hot chocolates, any excuse to get out of the cold.  Went to the top of the Astronomical Clock for more amazing views of Prague, then across the Charles Bridge (currently half is undergoing some sort of construction, so it was as busy as usual) then up to the Castle grounds which include Prague Palace & Cathedral.  
Made it back to the hotel in the afternoon to thaw out for a while before we layered up to find another tops restaurant for dinner & then out for a few drinks in some cool bars in Prague.
Everything about this city was so beautiful, its just hard to describe, but I'm sure those who have been to Prague know what I'm talking about.  Its also got such an amazing history, as early as 1989 it was a communist country. We went to the Communism musuem on Sunday, ironically its located above a McDonalds & next to a Casino - i thought this was funny.
Our flight back was on Sunday so just spent the day (trying to stay warm) at the museum, having lunch & shopping for a few souvenirs.  They have an obsession with marionettes here which I obviously didnt appreciate, some were a bit creepy. 
I'm so glad I've finally visited Prague, its awesome & we had a great weekend. This is now added to the list of favourite European cities, now off to my other favourite city Paris!! : )
Hope you enjoy the photos.
PS. the breakfast was great!

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