Prague - A city of a hundred spires....

Trip Start May 06, 2008
Trip End Jun 06, 2008

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Hotel & Residence U Tri Bubnu

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it" - The Beach

Day 6 : 13th May 2008 (Tuesday) Of spires and an astronomical clock

Alright, so we were up pretty early and took the train to Gatwick from where our Easyjet flight to Prague would depart. We were overly cautious I think, getting to Gatwick, and were there pretty early. Easyjet had a lot of counters to check in, and we had no check in baggage, just our small carryons. So we had time to grab some leisurely breakfast. Our flight was at 1225 and what can I say? It is a "budget" airline but I have to say, now I truly understand what they mean when they say cattle-class... We arrived at Prague airport and found it was pretty deserted. I needed to use the washroom before heading towards the immigration area, and by the time I got out, there was literally no one around. I wonder where everyone disappeared off to so quickly. Strange. No queue whatsoever. So we were out really quick, and the guy from the hotel was waiting to pick us up. We thought we'd change some money before getting into the car, because we had to pay for the ride. CZK 550. Which I thought was reasonable. The drive to the hotel was really nice, but I was tired from the late night. Still, I tried to stay awake while the driver yammered on in broken English. I remember thinking, oh they have those horse chestnut trees here too...

So the hotel, U Tri Bubnu, was right in the heart of historic Prague. I mean, you can't beat that location. Step outside and you're in Old Town Square. The room was charming and spacious, we got no. 3. I quite liked it. So we freshened up, and headed where else - Old Town Square. You can tell this place is oooolllldddd... The buildings are just amazing and even though its crowded, I like it. I mean their "New Town" was laid out in the 14th century, so that just goes to show you... I really liked the Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Tưn, I love Gothic architecture...

Grabbed something to eat and went to see if the Astronomical Clock was doing its thing. It wasn't. So we headed to the next place everyone goes. Charles Bridge. Where else. It spans the river Vtalva and has beautiful carved statues on either side all along the bridge.  I saw the place where they did the clue on the bridge in one of the episodes of the Amazing Race... Oh and we had to rub the brass relief of the saint (Statue of St John of Nepomuk) for luck. But then I think we rubbed with the wrong hand, because I remember reading somewhere after that you're supposed to rub with the left, but I wouldn't bet my life on it... We really enjoyed taking in the ambiance, watching the performers, especially this girl doing this weird dance with some monster mask on. Not sure what that was about. Oh and a didgeridoo guy. Pretty cool. We waited watching the sun setting, the river looked really serene and the castle in the backdrop, it was pretty amazing. I really liked Prague.

Then it was off to explore the charming streets of Prague as dusk set in. We picked up a few souvenirs, found a place to grab something to eat and found ourselves back in Old Town Square, just in time to see the Astronomical Clock do its thing. (In case you're wondering what this thing it does is - well - basically on the hour, a skeleton tips an hourglass that rings
a bell, then the 12 apostles parade by, nodding to the crowd, a rooster
crows and the bell chimes the hour.) The place really crowds up to watch this, and apparently, this is where a lot of pickpocketing takes place, I read somewhere. I considered doing one of the ghost tours but we were really tired. So we hung around the square for a bit and then headed to the hotel. There's DVD's in the lobby you can borrow so we took a couple to watch.

I quickly browsed the guidebooks I had lugged along with me to go over tomorrows plan. The morning would be spent at the castle. We had really only one full day in Prague and I wanted to make the most of it, so I had a lot lined up... The only thing left to see is, would we have the stamina to go through with the plan...

Steps walked: 10835

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