Tour of old town Prague

Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Day two. 

I woke up after sleeping like never before.  I don't think I moved.  It was 10 am Prague time.  We don't make it out of the hotel until around noon, but have tram tickets in hand and are walking to the tram stop by then.

I still find it amazing... but then maybe only for me... that I can get a transportation ticket, find the boarding station, get on the correct tram, find the machine to punch the ticket and get to the correct destination WITHOUT A CLUE as to what is on the signs, or understand what the driver is saying.  Kind of gives everyone some hope, doesn't it!  I mean, if Dianne can do it, anyone can!

We did overshoot our stop by a bit, but - Janice and Kim, you will like this - my "Dumber than Dirt" look was working in overdrive.  After we got off our tram, I stood there for a minute and someone came up to me - actually walked across the street - to ask me if I needed directions to somewhere.  Maybe I  should give classes in this in the Extended Learning Center.  How to travel like a Dummy, not Travel for Dummies!

Anyway, we started walking towards Old Town and found our way... not sure how for we took detours to take pictures.  But, find it we managed to get really close.  So close actually, that when I finally conveyed my question to the man, he pointed around the corner... we were literally 300 yards away.  Actually, getting accross my question to him was a rather funny pantomine routine.  I found a postcard with a picture of our destination, then pretended like I was walking and drew a questionmark in the air.  I know, laugh if you must when you imagine this sight, but I got the answer I needed!
We followed the path as instructed and came upon the old town square.  It was just as cute as in the travel books.  The day was gloriously sunny and a lot of people were enjoying outdoor cafes or walking around taking in the sights.  We did both.  We walked around the entire area.  Taking hundreds of pictures and stopping in the shops lining the square.
We found the astronimical clock and took the required picture, found the Hard Rock Cafe and took advantage of the ladies room.  One big lesson to learn, is that you need to use the facilities when you find them!

We made the round trip and went into St. Nikolas church.  We then picked a place to eat and collapsed.  We enjoyed our dinner/lunch or whatever it was and sat and enjoyed the atmospher even more for nearly an hour. 

It was nearly 6 pm so we decided to try and find the tram #22 again.  Well, this time it wasn't so easy.  There were lots of options for streets and directions to turn.  We checked in every other shop to make sure we were on the correct path.  I finally spied overhead electric lines used for the trams and we headed in that direction.  I sort of felt like Daniel Boone or something.  I had become a master tracker, well sort of.  I found the lines and followed them.. kind of like me see tracks, two horses, two men, one with a beard went this way.  Once we made it to the road with the electric lines, I followed the tram tracks to the stop.  Me see two big metal lines in ground, one goes east, one goes west to castle.  However, I was so busy looking at the ground I nearly missed the tram.  Judy brought me out of my trance and we got on the tram and headed back up castle hill to our hotel.
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