Easy flight which arrived right on time. The VBT rep was waiting for us once we collected our luggage along with a driver to transfer us to the Mamaison Riverside Hotel. By 10 am we were sitting in the hotel lobby with the rep who was trying to acquaint us with Prague, the hotel, and her tour services
. As soon as we were able to politely bid her adieu we were on our way to explore Prague. We were running on vapors, but the sun was shining and we wanted to take full advantage of the beautiful day. We headed toward the Charles Bridge, climbed the towers on either end of the bridge, and had lunch in The Lesser Town. While walking back to the Charles Bridge I spot a family walking toward us that looked familiar. It was my niece Susan, my nephew Jimmy and their daughter Jessica (The Hothersall's). They are here visiting their younger daughter Allison who is taking a college course in Prague. We knew they were in Prague, and had planned on meeting them on Thursday for dinner, but the odds must be a million to one to cross paths at the same spot and time. After parting we explored the Jewish Quarter and its synagogues, (everything was closed today due to Simchat Torah), and closed out the afternoon by visiting the Old Town Square, The Astronomical Clock, and took photos from the top of the Clock Tower. I will go into more detail when we revisit The Jewish Quarter tomorrow, but surmise to say that we walked ten or more miles over seven hours. Not only do our feet kill us, but we've been up 32 hours without any sleep. The hotel is located a bit too far from the main attractions. I hope the other VBT hotels on our trip are going to be more centrally located. We had the opportunity of meeting four single ladies who will be joining us on the bike tour. We still have yet to meet the four other couples who will round out the group.
For dinner we walked a few blocks to Kolkovna Olympia. Carolyn was looking forward to Greek food, but wouldn't you know it turned out to be Czech food. I ordered turkey schnitzel, and Carolyn had a grill chicken. Neither one of use was in the mood for goose or sparrow. After 34 hours of no sleep, we turned off the lights at 11pm
Not sure if you call this German efficiency or inefficiency. From the time we landed, until we reached our connecting flight to Prague took 75 minutes. As Frankfurt is a central hub for Europe, you must pass through customs. That I can understand, but why must you exit the gate area, only to have to reenter and to go through security yet again? Even that wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to walk 1/2 mile (no buses) between terminals. I guess the efficiency is that you walked indoor passed every known high end store known to man (more likely woman). Lufthansa flight LH 1392 is scheduled to depart at 8 am, and arrive in Prague at 9:05 am.