Sunday 23 September 2012 - Monday 24 September 2012
Our first couple of days in Prague have been quite hectic to say the least. Linda will have us both in shape in no time. There are so many sites to see and not much time to see them, or, so I thought. On day one here we have been on one tour which took us to Prague Castle, which is the largest castle complex in Europe, a boat ride down the Vlatova river. Our "english speaking" guide, whose english was not very good, explained the history in quite good detail, only thing is we could not understand him. Did pick up a few things from other guides though. After that explored the main square and surrounding areas on foot. Prague is such an amazing city with tons of energy. Life is so much different than in North America. We finished off the evening with a nice dinner and drinks.
Day 2 on our own, no tour guides! Our hotel, the K&K Hotel Central is quite a little gem. Close to the main square and has a great breakfast buffet. Champagne is even included.
After breakfast we headed out on foot to look for some sites we have read about. Some we found, some we gave up on. The streets are similar to a corn maze and sometimes you have to just give up. We did find the Old Jewish cemetery and museum which dates back to the early 1400's.
In the museum, handwritten is the names of 77,000 Czech Jews who were killed in the Nazi holocaust. After that we made it to the Charles bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. No more vehicles there, just vendors, musicians and lots of tourists.
One of our to do things was visit the Golden Tygr (tiger) pub in old town Prague. My work buddy Kamil, a Czech native told us to go there, explaining it's the best place in Prague for a cold beer. His dad still goes once a week and is 88 years old. Took a bit, but we finally found it. Once we sat down we were promptly given two cold draught beers. You don't have to order here as they only sell one thing - cold beer. We made some friends here pretty quickly and after we were done our beer the waiter immediately had two more in front of us. Our Czech buddies then explained when your'e done drinking and don't want anymore you have to cover your glass with a coaster or they will just keep coming. We just had two beers but our new Czech friend managed to down six in the same time. I guess we're just lightweights.
Later after dinner we thought we would find the train station as we had an overnight train booked to Krakow. Gotta figure there is two train stations. Went to the wrong one first, but got to the right one and had plenty of time to catch our train. Quite excited for the overnighter, should be very romantic, so Linda expects!