Prague - a trip into history

Trip Start Sep 18, 2012
Trip End Sep 19, 2012

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Perla Hotel Prague
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavni mesto Praha,
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arrived in Prague from Sydney after 30 hours, quick shower and out for a 3 hour sightseeing trip with Lenka, our guide.
First afternoon was around the old town, Wenceslas Sq, Main Town Sq with Astronomical Clock, Powder Tower and the innumerable laneways and churches which dot the city.
The late afternoon was spent with a beer opposite the Astronomical Clock and then out for dinner at a Czech pub restaurant just down from the hotel.
Dinner was an interesting affair – I had a goulash and Denise had roast boar – but by 7.30 we were both falling asleep in our drinks, so an early night was called for!
After a 12 hour sleep, day 2 called. It was a full day (and very hard on the feet – the cobblestones are killers!). Started at 10am with Lenka and took a tram towards Prague Castle via the Shrine to St Loreta. From there we walked down through Prague Castle (in time for the changing of the guard), lunch at a little restaurant in a winery overlooking one of the great gardens and then down to the Charles Bridge (which we just managed to cross before the rain came).
The castle is a huge edifice, still used by the President as his official offices – but with a number of ceremonial halls and other buildings forming part of the complex.
One of the most striking parts was St Vitus Cathedral - a soaring Gothic church from the 13th century, preserved almost as if it had been finished just a handful of years ago.
By the time we got down to Charles Bridge the crowds had really begun to swell – but there was still enough space to appreciate this wonderful piece of engineering and architecture.
We said goodbye to Lenka just after 3pm and headed for the shops – and by 7pm we were ready for dinner. In a cruel twist, the town managed to get us lost for about half an hour – just when our feet were ready to give up on us. However some judicious map reading (and blind luck) got us back to the hotel in time for a late-ish dinner and another collapse into bed.
Tomorrow will be a fairly early start out to the airport for flights to Zurich, London and Glasgow. A good rest for the feet!
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Shirley on

If only my feet would carry me on such a journey, you could have taken me with you!!! Had a great a/noon with Amy and Jake, lunch and a game of cards-500-which your daughter won. Enjoy your trip. Love, Shirl.XXX

Catherine on

all looks fabulous. Looks like you're having a great time. Also wish we were there xoxo

Martina on

Hi Denise and Andrew, you both look terrific and sure seem to be having a great time. Prague looks beautiful. Have fun! Martina

King & Malvina on

How I envy you!!! Do all you can when you can.... words of wisdom from 80 & 90 yr olds!!! We are happy to live on the memory of all those marvellous trips..
God bless you both....lots of love.

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