We made it to Prague
Fri 24 May 13 - Sun 26 May 13 50 °F
The trip over was uneventful! We left on time, had about 4 hours in Heathrow [I must have triggered some terrorist profile, the British equivalent of TSA wanted to look thru my backpack in great detail (toiletries, lots of electronics and some clothes) - it was not pretty, but we had lots of time, so it was not a big deal].
Arrived in Prague about 10 minutes after schedule [not bad]; about 50 degrees with sprinkles. We got picked up by the cruise people and made it to the hotel. We were spoiled on our last trip to Prague; we stayed in a nice old hotel [Hotel Pariz] a few blocks from the old town square. This time we are in a Hilton near the water, very nice, but not close to the stuff you want to see.
They offered us a walk around at 6. Lots of people, cold and rainy. The lady leading us was nice, but not much of a tour guide. We had stopped at the concierge to get dinner suggestions. We stopped at a nice place that offered Czech food [Celnice]. The food was good; Steve you would love the menu, a whole section labelled "food for people that love beer"! We walked around the old town are and came back to the hotel.
We were really tired, but the built in clock kicked in around 4 AM, We were up for a while, them finally dozed off in time to get up at 7. We repacked our stuff, then came down for a very nice breakfast! Then we got on the bus for a city tour, this morning it wasn't as warm as yesterday [about 45], with more rain and higher winds. We got to the castle [a big deal] and found that the church was closed to tours [It IS Sunday]; this was disappointing because this is where the king was crowned and it is a very nice church. Since it was still rainy and cold, we decided to skip the last few hours of walking.
Bottom line: things haven't gone really well to this point. This afternoon we will get on the river boat.
Note: Due to foul weather, pictures are taken from the web
- 2 icons from Prague - the castle and the Charles bridge [were the king for HRE would walk for coronation]
- The buildings were designed to look like dancers [inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers]
- street scene