Prague Walking Tour.
Trip Start Mar 22, 2010
84Trip End Jun 10, 2010
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Woke up to another glorious day. Rach was starting to stress a bit about all the stuff we had and was going through multiple ‘therapeutic organisations’ which seemed to be adding to her stress. So I suggested we leave that for Sunday afternoon and spend today checking out Prague. We had picked up a few brochures at the reception office decided to find a group who did day walking tours of the city as a fairly easy way to catch all the sights of Prague in our limited time frame. We could then spend Sunday morning having a look at what we were interested in and then come back to clean out the van.
Rach actually quite liked the idea, so we got the bikes organised and headed off into the city. We had a detailed map of the city, but not so of the outer city
Finding a small pub in a side street not too far from the square, we sat down, ordered some beers and a cold cuts platter. The beers went down a treat and when the cold cuts arrived, it was huge, full of cold meats, cheeses and pickles, although Rach did mistaken the butter for some funny type of cheese. With full bellies, we made our back to the Astronomical Clock and our tour at 1pm. Our tour guide was a Ukrainian student who had been living in Prague for 5 years. He looked a bit like a Chuppa Chup, his head was just too big for his body, but he was a nice guy. We introduced ourselves to the rest of the group, a New Zealander, an middle aged American guy and two young American guys who both seemed more consumed by their hang over. After introductions, we were taken by van up to Prague Castle.
Prague Castle is supposed to be the largest castle complex in the world, and its fairly impressive, but by this stage of our European odyssey, we are a bit castled out. Our tour guide is trying to explain all the wondrous things about the castle, the president lives there, the Bohemian royal jewels are housed there, lots of churches and religious sights, flying buttresses everywhere, oh and thousands of people
To Charles Bridge, supposedly at over 650 years old, the jewel of Prague……well, it’s a bit like the Astronomical clock. Clever in its day and quirky now, but you’re among hoards of people and left wondering what that was all about. Its nice to look at from afar, but it seemed every available piece of space was taken up by someone trying to sell you something. After the bridge, we made our way to the old Jewish quarter, which was interesting for the radical change in style, but the story was very similar to other Jewish areas in other European cities, the Jews were kept in a walled off section and not permitted to move (this is well before the Nazi’s). The result is a concentration of Jewish architecture and of course, more Kafka sights. Our hungover American friends had had enough by this time and just left (doing nothing to alter the stereotype of Americans). The rest of us pushed on thru the old town to the Palladium and Municipal House before winding up back at the Astronomical Clock
One other benefit of the day was we had a better idea of how to get back to the camp ground without having negotiate cliff top parks again. Apart from having to dodge some traffic and trams, the trip home was quite good, half the time and so much flatter. The campground was such a welcome sight. We were hot and buggered and pretty much made a line straight for the tavern and some more cold Czech beers. WE had pretty much decided tomorrow would be a trip to the Sex Machines museum (sounds novel in a smutty kind of way) and finish up with some lunch and beers at one of the microbreweries before heading back to ‘pack’ the van for the trip back to Dresden. Can’t believe tomorrow is the last full day we will have with the Hans Bubi.