I hate tour groups
Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
45Trip End Sep 30, 2009
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I next went back to the clock tower in the Old Town Square, so that I could climb up the tower. There was an elevator, but also ramps, so I got my exercise while I could and walked up the ramps. The view from the top was really cool. I think Prague must have more towers to climb than any city in Europe.
My next destination was Prague Castle. I walked all the way there and first went to the Old Royal Apartments, which weren’t very impressive. Then I went to the Basilica of St. George, which also wasn’t very impressive. Next was the Golden Lane, a row of really cute timbered houses. But there were so many other people there that I didn’t stay long. My last stop was St. Vitus Cathedral. It was beautiful on the outside, and only so-so on the inside, except that it had the most beautiful stained glass windows that I’ve seen.
When I left Prague Castle there was a group playing outside the gates that was called the "Prague Castle Orchestra." Rick Steves had actually mentioned them in his guidebook and they were really good. They had a flute, accordion, and cello. They were playing traditional Czech fold songs and I liked them so much that I decided to buy my first souvenir of the trip—I bought their CD.
They actually stopped playing after only a few songs, so I started walking back towards the hostel. But on the way I took a detour to see the Lennon Wall. My Dad had actually told me about it in our Skype session yesterday. It was a wall where people had gone to leave messages for John Lennon after his death
On my way back over the Charles Bridge I saw the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra again. I stopped to listen to them for quite a while and decided that I liked them enough to buy my second souvenir of the trip—their CD.
When I got back to the hostel I relaxed for a while and worked on organizing pictures. Then I went over to have another beer on the Old Town Square. This was my last night in Prague so I wanted to soak up the atmosphere as much as possible.
When I got back to the hostel I took my laptop to the common room to browse the internet for a while, and there were people being very loud again. They were sitting at a table drinking beer & vodka, and had music playing from a laptop. I went to bed about 11:30 pm and thankfully the people left soon after. I unfortunately had roommates tonight that had left their stuff in the room, but I was asleep before they came back.
So I threw away my cheat sheet of Czech survival phrases, and I’m never going to know the Czech word for goodbye now. But goodbye!
Tomorrow I spend my last day in Prague and then leave on an evening train back to Vienna.