How Bohemian

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Alright. Lesson number one: Apparently the good people in Vienna require 6 hours notice to book a berth on a night train. Lesson number two: Always always always make your next seat reservation when you arrive in a city, not as you're trying to leave it.

Kay. We obviously didn’t get a reservation. We DID find two seats in a six seater booth, that didn’t even have reclining seats. That wasn’t even the problem. The probem was that they were planning on transfering the sleeper cars (with berths) to another train, kinda like you might transfer luggage, so that those cars would arrive in Prague at 7AM. But, as i mentioned, we weren’t on those cars and so we found ourselves all-of-a-sudden scheduled to arrive in Prague at 3AM. THREE AM!!! What on earth were we supposed to do with ourselves at 3 freaking am, in a Czech speaking city, with public transit closed for the night, and NO hotel reservation!?! So we decided to just stay on the train until Dresden wait an hour then take another train back to Prague... all for the sake of having somewhere to lay our heads! It is a fun story now, but in the moment it was fairly panicked!!

So, we did eventually arrive in Prague, around 9 am I believe, and we found our hostel without much ado. We were so well located in Prague that we were able to walk pretty much everywhere! It is possible to spend hours and hours wandering around Prague, looking at shops and admiring the beautiful buildings, and that is pretty much what we did on our first day. I was able to find something pretty for my big sis in a market booth, then Nessa and I shared a container of fresh berries for a snack. Of course, we made sure to end our wanderings on the St Charles Bridge, where I found something cute for my momma. The next day started with a city tour, and instead of going with the New Europe Tours that we’d been seeing so far, we decided to go with a different private tour (which as also on a tip only basis). It was much more historically based, very informative, and very, very enjoyable. Our afternoon wanderings included finding the Beatles Wall, and walking up to the cathedral and castle, which are both up on a hill (why oh why are they always UP?) On our way up to the cathedral we found a lovely concert that we bought tickets for and went to later that evening. This one was played by a string quintet, who performed many beautiful pieces, including one of my favorites, Dvorzak’s New World Symphony, re-written for strings. (yes mom, Elisa’s favorite, the one about the States)

We arose early the next day and had our last girls-only travel day on our way over to Cologne in the Rhine Valley...
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