Beautiful Prague

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Saturday, July 17, 2010

17 JULY 2010 - After a very hot sleepless night we got up early for our 8am bus trip to Prague.  We hopped on our bus.  We had a few service stops and one was in Terezin, Czech Republic where Troy went for a tour through the concentration camp and I walked around the carpark with others waiting for them.  It was raining and then after exchanging some euro we jumped back on the bus.  We drove through some gorgeous Czech countryside and was pretty seeing rolling hills with gorgeous little towns and churches.  We arrived in Prague and stopped at the hostel Plus Prague which we weren’t staying there thank god another huge hostel.

We walked about 15 minutes up the road to the Absolutum Hotel and checked in.  Its absolute bliss......its a nice hotel, with a lovely room and marble bathroom and a bathtub. Oh my god we said when we walked in, what a relief and a nice change after some dive joints we have been in and YES it has airconditioning and its not stinking hot and Mary was even a bit teary, finally thinking of sleep in a cool room!  Its even exciting to get towels and toiletry bag, woooo hooo! Arrr those simple luxuries you take for granted but geez you appreciate them when you don’t have them all the time.  We chilled out in our room for a few hours and then went to the restaurant at the hotel, thought why not, its nice and don’t have to go far.  Troy had lasagna and honey cake and I had chicken pasta and raspberries and icecream.  It was all really nice and so much cheaper than rest of Europe so we are looking forward to having cheaper meals here in Prague.  Bed and sleep and here is to a great day tomorrow exploring this beautiful city that we have not ever heard anything bad reports about, bring it on!!!!
18TH JULY 2010 - We had a good night in our room which is such a nice relief.  We had breakfast in our hotel room and then headed out in the rain.  We walked across the road to get the train at our metro station “Nadrazi-Holesovice” into the centre of the city and got off at “Muzeum”.  Our hotel is not in the centre of the city but its only 4 metro stops away.   From Muzeum we walked around the city and its incredibly beautiful.  We walked down the main shopping strip called Wenceslas Square.  We walked down to the Old Town Square admiring all the beautiful buildings and architecture.  We saw the house of the black Madonna, walked around Tyn Cathedral and the old town hall which Celestial clock.  We went into St Nicholas church which was beautiful and had a massive chandelier.  We also saw the Old New Synagogue.  As we walked along the Vltava river we saw Metronome and then saw a great outdoor European photo exhibition which were huge posters of some fantastic photos from around Europe.  We walked down to the famous and beautiful Charles Bridge.  This is where the song “Never tear us apart” was filmed and sung by that great man Michael Hutchence from INXS.  I don’t know why but that song was in my head all day today as we walked around Prague.  I suppose it has a lot of meaning to me as I dedicated this song to my late beautiful Dad.  We walked along the bridge which was packed with tourists.  There were heaps of stalls selling paintings and jewellery and from here we had beautiful views of the city and of Prague castle.  This city is amazingly beautiful and now we know why everyone raves on about this place, got to be one of the most cities I have ever seen.    We walked across to the other side of the bridge into the Mala Strana area which is the “new” part of town.  We checked this area out for a while and found a statue of two men pissing and then went to the John Lennon memorial wall.  We had a late lunch back in the Mala Strana area and it was a fixed price meal of pork, salad, baked potatoes and dessert, all quite nice.  We came across a food market so we explored this for a while, there were stalls selling wines, cheeses, meats, sausages, olives, soap, salami etc.     

We walked back to Charles Bridge and walked up the tower which had some great views of the city and the Prague castle, lots of photos here. There is heaps of tourists around so its a busy city which we think has the most souvenir shops we ever seen.  There are millions of shops especially jewellery and crystal (some really tacky and disgusting and some really beautiful).    
We decided to go back home so we headed to our metro station which was a fairly long walk with sore feet.  Along the way we stopped and had a czech hot dog from a street stall and sat down to eat them. They were really yummy and tasty.  A street cleaner came over and had to sweep right under our legs as she couldn’t really wait till we finished.  At the same time a homeless dude comes over and helps her and then he starts talking to us in czech.  He was raving on about something, throwing his arms around the place and looked rather drunk and bleary eyed. What the hell was he saying???  Troy was just knodding and talking back to him in English but he still didn’t catch on that we had no idea what he was saying.  I was laughing at Troy because it looked like they were having some great conversation.  It sounded like this poor dude was giving us his life story and we sat there and listened.  Troy reckons he had an idea what he was saying, he thinks he was complaining about people leaving rubbish around the place, who knows. Well it was entertaining anyway.

We walked up to our metro station, caught the train home and chilling out in our great comfy room.  We watched the video clip on you tube of “Never tear us apart” as we wanted to see Prague and the Charles Bridge on the music clip. We had a great day today and once the rain cleared up it was a very pleasant cool day.  It wasn’t hot all at so it was such a nice change from sweating like crazy.  There were times where we felt a bit cold which is a bit of a shock to the system but hey we weren’t complaining at all.  

19TH JULY 2010 - Up lateish this morning around 9-30am and down for breakfast, it is really nice to have a bit of luxury after all the hostels and cheap hotels we have stayed in. We caught the metro to the closest train station to the Prague Castle. We walked down to the castle, it is huge and full of beautiful palaces but it is more like a small village than a “castle” as you would think about it. It is the biggest castle in the world and is topped by a beautiful old cathedral but the line up to go in was HUGE so we walked around the castle and didn’t  go in to the cathedral.  We then walked to the vineyard on the hill next to the castle and saw the beautiful views of the city.  We then walked down the hill and over the Charles Bridge back through the beautiful city and past all the crowds of tourists to our favorite sausage shop at the base of the Wenceslas Square and had a great sausage on bun for about two Euros.  We then went back to the hotel to relax before tomorrow on the bus again and into Cesky Krumlov for a few days.  A much warmer day today.  We really liked Prague, its an amazingly beautiful beautiful city but very very touristy.  

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