Trip Start Oct 21, 2011
Trip End Nov 30, 2013

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday, 16 March 2012

Took a British Airways flight to Prague - got there in 2 hours. I love how the flights here are so short!! Something Australians can never get used to.  I had researched about taking public transport into the city and it was quite easy to do.  Bus 119 from the terminal which takes you to DejvickŠ metro station and then 2 stops to StaroměstskŠ in the Old Town.  We just followed our way along the water, saw great castle and city lights on our short walk to our hotel, which was around the corner from the Charles Bridge.

Hotel Leonardo is a boutique hotel and we received efficient service upon arrival.  Our room was cute and comfortable and we fell into bed tired but ready for a big day tomorrow.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Fuelled up on a big breakfast in the hotel before taking to the streets of Prague.  A gorgeous day – around 19 deg and beautifully sunny.  We headed to Charles Bridge and enjoyed a scenic walk across.  The bridge was getting busy with tourists.  We hiked uphill to the castle and loved the view from the top – all across Prague city.  I can't imagine how it must have felt for people to look across the city when Prague was the centre of Europe. 

We bought the short visit option for the castle and one audio guide as Mike was busy taking photos.  The audio guide was expensive for what it was (£12) but it was interesting to learn about the history of the place.  We were allowed entrance into the St Vitus Cathedral (the large gothic cathedral), St George’s basilica, the golden lane where I enjoyed seeing the tiny houses (and Mike loved the armour, spears and helmets on the second floor) and we saw the Old Royal Palace.  We enjoyed a large hollow cinnamon roll called a Trdelnik. 

Time for lunch and it was yummy Czech pork and dumplings small macaroni type pieces, coupled with a beer of course.

We decided to stay on this side of the river and headed to Petrin Lookout Tower.  It was also atop a large hill so we hiked up there as well.  We couldn’t believe the view from the top of the tower and on such a stunning day, we were so lucky to be able to see right across to the mountains and the city. 

We continued to explore the areas around the river, walking across the bridge and seeing many musicians and artists as we made our way back to Old Town.  We climbed the tower at the end of Charles Bridge and were able to capture sunset photos from there.  

Into the Old Town we went and we stopped to watch the uneventful astronomical clock at 7pm.  It was rather anti-climactic and I don’t understand why there is always such a large crowd watching the clock.  Anyway, we then decided to head up the tower of the clock to see Prague by night.  There were lifts but we decided to walk up the stairs and around and around the spiral.  We really should have taken the lifts...  Prague is beautiful at night and Mike got some great shots too.

We weren’t too hungry but there were a few food stalls nearby selling pork on a spit.  We ordered some food and stood at the nearby tables eating and we were joined by an Aussie from Melbourne who had just arrived in Prague.  We had a great conversation before she went to join her pub crawl group.  It was St Patricks Day so there was a lot of green about the place.  I wasn’t feeling too great, being sick with a cold for 2 days so we decided to have an early night and we were in bed by 10pm!  Well, we did walk for about 10 hours today!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

This morning, we decided to keep on this side of the river and explore the other side of Prague.  We headed to the Jewish quarter and there were SO many tourists lining up to buy tickets for the Jewish synagogue and the cemetery.  We weren’t interested in lining up nor really fascinated with the synagogues around (I had been there before) so we left and just wandered.  We went through the Old Town and headed toward Wenceslas Square.  Passed by the Powder Tower which is grand and glorious.

We saw a shopping centre and ducked in for a bit but were quickly bored by the same franchises we have in London, so we went back out on to the street.  We reached Wenceslas Square and I saw a Pandora shop so went into have a look for a charm representing Prague.  The shop assistant was quite cold and unfriendly.  I was interested in the garnet charm which is the national stone of the Czech Republic and also my birthstone (January).  But I left it for the time being.  We reached the top of Wenceslas Square and saw the National Museum so since we had all the time in the world, we went in.  It had to be the smallest museum we had been in but to be fair, the venue was being renovated so it had been split into 5 different locations.  Mike enjoyed the armour section on Level 2.  We continued shopping along the square (and I ended up buying my charm) and we stopped for some pizza, salad and cheap beer at a pirate themed cafe with a busking group outside. 

We enjoyed gelato and browsed the local markets.  Mike was looking for a good chess set but the ones we saw were quite cheap so we’ll keep looking.  We continued through the town and ended up at the Charles Bridge again.  We had quite a late flight out so we spent some time in the Museum of medieval torture just by the Charles Bridge.  It was quite an interesting museum and made me feel a little queasy. 

We then enjoyed a beer and cocktail in an outdoor bar overlooking the river and view of the castle.  They had blankets for patrons to use which was lovely.  Then suddenly, it started to rain!  So we ducked for cover, paid and left.  It was time to pick up our stuff from the hotel and make our way to the airport.  Public transport was easy enough to get to Prague airport. 

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