Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
144Trip End Mar 16, 2011
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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
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 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
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.