Day 1: (Friday)(Travel Day 17)
We arrived in Prague and walked to our hotel, which was different from the Busabout assigned hostels. Honestly, we got there and thought we were in the wrong place. The lobby looked far too fancy for what we were paying, surely we must be in the wrong place? Nope. Our money went a long way in the Czech Republic, getting us a nice hotel room for the price of a hostel. Complete with apples on our pillows, much healthier than the usual chocolates or mints.
We arrived late in the day so enjoyed an early dinner, and free complementary wine, because who's going to say no to free wine? C'm'on! Afterwards we walked around old town square in the rain but didn't stick around as tomorrow was going to be the touring day.
Day 2:Breakfast was at the hotel. The bartender helped us learn a few Czech words, after practising on the wait staff and getting it completely wrong. Please: (Pro-seeM) and Thank you: (Ja-Que-ey)
We bought 24hour transport tickets for 110kc each for all trains/trams/subways. A steal if you ask me. Strangely the subway and tram system has no barriers for ticket checking. Anyone can ride without a ticket, at the risk of being caught. Very different to the London and Paris systems! The Prague subway was also very clean. Finding our destination was hard though, when even comprehending the place names, let alone pronouncing them, is difficult.
Later that morning we went on another Sandeman's Free walking tour, it was threatening rain but the heavens only opened at the very end. Our local guide Martin took us around all the sights, and told us the stories of how his family were affected by the communist rule of Czechoslovakia.
Matrin then led us to have lunch at local restaurant booked out entirely for our tour. Chris had sausages, and I had my first authentic goulash with bread dumplings and of course beer.
Prague is another one of those cities where it is worth seeing the sights twice, once during the day and again at night. It adds a whole different feel to the buildings when they are all lit up.Astronomical clock. Where a huge crowd will gather on the hour to see the procession of Apostles and figures move.
The figures of the Astronomical Clock are of 3 sinners and 1 skeleton - representing vanity, greed, and indulgence; the men all shaking their heads, implying that they don't want to die for their sins, while the skeleton is nodding.
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Day 3:Our last day in Prague had quite a late start, as you might imagine. We weren't feeling too flash after the night before. I blame the absinthe shots! So we slept in, I fell asleep at the laundromat, and then had a nana nap at the hotel.
Once we finally hauled ourselves out from the comforts of bed we went to explore more of the city.
A hangover craves sugar, so we harnessed those cravings enjoyed a local delicacy called a Trdelník, which is a cinnamon bread roll. We didn't have the mental capacity to pronounce it properly so from then forth it was known (to us) as a "Turtle neck"...
At 7.30pm we took a tram to the John Lennon Wall, where people from all over the world have come to pay respect to the man himself, and what he represented. Usually by leaving graffiti layered upon graffiti on the wall.
More locks on bridges.
We followed this up, by walked along Charles Bridge and up to Prague Castle. Where, again, it started raining.
Quick Summary (TL;DR)
Duration of stay: 2 and a half days
Was it enough time?: It is ever? We didn't get to see everything as we were hindered by rain.
Where we stayed: Hotel Absolutum
Time of Year: May
Time of Year: May
Best memories: Getting better acquainted with our Busabout friends on the Prague Pub Crawl
Worst memories: Being rained on, a LOT and the morning after the Pub crawl... You know the drill.
Top tip: Take a tour, it always makes you appreciate the great subtleties of a city and the way it ticks.
Next time: See more of Prague castle, and explore the city more.
Prague in a few words: Old, intoxicating, inexpensive
Recommended?: Yes, Prague is beautiful and full of life. It doesn't hurt that money goes a lot further too.
Overall experience: 7/10
Next destination: Český Krumlov