Tuesday began BRIGHT and EARLY with grabbing our bus to Prague at 7:15am
We traveled on a nice double decker charter bus complete with chargers at every seat and wifi on board for around 4 hours.
The bus ride went quickly due to it being so early in the morning and us sleeping most of the way.
When we arrived it was raining and freezing outside. We headed indoors into the train station to figure out a plan of attack to see all that Prague had to offer us and to exchange our Euros for Czech and crowns.
Figuring out their money system was an ordeal in itself. Once we actually figured out the conversion rate it got a little easier to know how much money we were actually spending on things. Example: Dinner was 1043 czech, expensive right?
Once we stashed away our backpacks into lockers once again we stepped outside with our umbrellas up and map out trying to find our way around. We wandered up the streets and found some beautiful sights that led us right to the city square that was fully alive with toursists and locals.
The rain was spotty, pouring and stopping over and over all day long. Pretty much like our Florida afternoon rain showers.
After lunch, at a very fancy restaurant complete with a complimentary glass of champagne, we wandered through some shops and then decided to be tacky tourists again and hop on a tour of the city. These tours really are a great way to see the city.
The bus portion of the tour ride was quick. As the tour guide would tell you what you were seeing and looking at, we would have laready whizzed by it. Luckily, we were not on the us for too long before we made it to Prague Palace and hopped off the bus to see the magnificent fortress that it was.
Prague Palace is huge!
I don’t know the square footage of the palace walls but I do know that we seemed to walk through doorway after doorway and didn’t even touch the entire thing. There was courtyard after courtyard we walked through as well as two gigantic church’s right next to one another.
Because every palace needs two church’s, right?
Prague Palace is where the president of Czech Republic resides. I can’t even begin to fathom living there. A lot nicer than the White House 😊
Inside the walls of the palace the first church we came to was a gargantuan cathedral that was built in the 13th century.
This one seemed bigger than the others that we have seen so far. Crazy to think that that was actually possible..
The palace church was beautiful with stained glass on every wall. Much of the stained glass told different stories out of the bible.
The walking tour of Prague was very different with our guide speaking and translating the history into both English and Spanish for the people attending. It was a nice and small group of us on the tour, making it more personal. Two out of the other 5 people with us were from Miami, Fl of all places. Such a small small world we live in.
The rest of the tour took us walking through the the rain down the hill back into Old Town Prague. The adventure had us cross the Charles Bridge which was built in the 14th century and is the oldest bridge in Prague.
It is only a walking bridge now, no cars allowed, and it was bustling with people everywhere!
There are many statues along the bridge, one being good luck if you touch a certain guys head on the statue. As well as the crucifixion of Christ and a statue of Christian suffering in prison.
Through Old Town we went seeing all of the tourist shops and hearing what all of the building once had been. The guide warned us of how expensive and over priced things were in this part of the city and kept us walking through.
In the town square was the astronomical clock. At the top of each hour the clock windows open up and statues rotate looKing out the window along with a skeleton ringing a golden bell repeatedly. Strange, but very cool! We grabbed a drink and sat to watch the clock go off at 6pm.
We wandered for a while once the tour was done, getting a snack to eat, and going up and down the streets. Once it was time to find our way back to the train station it seemed to literally be impossible. The streets did not make any sense what so ever and would repeatedly end in dead ends and turns taking you no where that you wanted to be. It was extremely exhausting at the end of a long day where our feet hurt and we were tired already.
Finally we made it make to the main circle of town and decided to find a hotel room there for the night instead of walking to the opposite side of the city to ours. Luckily it wasn’t paid for just yet.
After finding our bags at the train station and walking back to the hotel, we were done. It was 8:00pm and we were tired, but still hungry.
Funny story: when we dropped our bags down in the room, we could not get any of the electricity to work for us. I was beyond frustrated that there were no lights working and was about to go to the front desk to let them know when I saw a big plastic box on the wall next to the door. Evidently you have to slide your hotel room card into it and the electricity then turns on. Funny funny. Oh Americans!
We finally ventured out into the city, literally 10 feet from our hotel, and found an “authentic Czech” restaurant. It looked like a tavern and the wait staff was extremely friendly and inviting. The dinner was absolutely delicious with mom ordering the goulash and I ate the lamb knee. Mmmm mmmm good! We were very happy with our restaurant choice of the night and completely enjoyed ourselves. I think it was one of our best dining experiences yet.
Fun tid bit of the day: For as long as I can remember my father has always said “Nastrovia” when he took a sip of a drink. He said it was from his Polish side and we would laugh or roll or eyes when hearing it. When we were at dinner in Prague, the waiter brought us our drinks and said “Nastrovi” and I could not stop laughing. Full circle, people. It’s the little things!
The next morning we walked the streets of Prague shopping and seeing some sights around the hotel.
Then we hopped on a bus and headed out of town…..
Prague most definitely stole my heart.
I cannot wait to go back!