The drowning city.

Trip Start May 20, 2013
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Trip End Aug 16, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Monday, June 3, 2013

Woke up to more rain. The river view, from our window, sees all our level measuring markers underwater. Gone are the palms in pot, the box on the wharf where ships got their power, in fact the whole wharf has disappeared. The ducks and swans zoom by, battling the fast moving water. They have not started the pumps yet. Just watched the news out of London, and the view outside our window has just been shown as the description of the flooding in Prague.

We are due to have a walking tour of the city, it will be a very wet one if it is to go on.
What we thought would be a walking tour ended up being a bus orientation tour of the city. It was cold and wet with many streets blocked due to flooding. Therefore we could not get to many of the destination that were scheduled on the tour. Our tour guide clearly did not want to be here with, us she was very robotic and kept taking off.

We went to the castle, cathedral, St George Church, Palace of Maria Theresa, saw the changing of the guards and waked down into the gardens to return to the bus. We could not go onto Charles Bridge (named after King Charles 4th who developed Prague into the city of today). We then returned to the old town square, where our guide left us. We were left to our own devises and set off to explore the town more. Actually, I set off to buy a warm and water proof coat, I had little success and the only thing we did was to get lost. But, I did manage to find the Apple store and bought an attachment for my mini iPad (my family bought me for Mother's Day and birthday), so I can access my SD card from my camera (thank you Maree for giving me the idea). We kept asking direction to the old town square knowing once we found it we would know how to get where we want to go. After passing the same corner twice we asked directions yet again and finally headed off in the right direction.

Success, we found the square! As it was heading on to 3:00pm we definitely needed lunch. Our guide from this morning suggested a restaurant, so getting our bearing, we set off. We never found it, but we did find a very nice alternative. Throughout our time in Prague we have asked what would be the most traditional dish to eat, all answered in the following order, roast duck with red cabbage and dumplings and beef with dumplings as we both had tried the beef dish during our stay, we settled for the duck for our last full day in Prague. It was delicious accompanied with red wine and topped off with a shared creme brle.

On returning to the street we were surprised to find that it had stopped raining. We worked our way back to the old town square, popped into a beautiful church that was closed the first time we tried to go in, it was magnificent. We also saw the worlds wettest pigeon who looked absolutely miserable, trying to dry out his feathers and we quite understood how he felt.

We then decided to return to our hotel and get out of our wet shoes. Our road had been closed off due to the floods, but this was for only cars, so going by foot to the hotel was still OK. On seeing the river, we realised that the river had come up some more and was running much faster. Worried that we might not get out in the morning, we went to the desk, hoping that we would by able to get service and out fears allayed. So we inquired about a taxi in the morning and whether the trains would be running, a man also waiting helped us, as he had very good English. We went away with the information that at the moment everything was running but there was no promises as the river was still rising.

We noticed on our way through that some shops were closed due to the flooding and that sandbags have been bought into some areas and stacked around the doors or left to be used if needed. There were also hoses and pumping trucks standing by. Here's hoping there is no more rain here or up stream!

We go by train to Vienna at 10:38. Hopefully!
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leanne_ryanhall
leanne_ryanhall on

Hey, wow you are going to have some amazing stories to tell!! Loving the blog, photos are fantastic and hope you dry out soon! Take care and I'm really looking forward to the next city adventure post!! Love you heaps!

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