Prague: Day 1
After a 3A wake-up call, we were off to a rather groggy but excited start. Having packed beforehand, we got dressed quickly and set out of the flat by 350A to catch the N38 bus near Holborn to Victoria station. As luck would have it, we made it in the nick of time… this would be a fortunate pattern for the day ahead. After making it to Victoria Station, we jumped on the Gatwick Express and rode to Gatwick Airport to make our 610A flight. Eek. I can confidently say that my choice in booking a flight that early in the morning did not make me the most popular person.
Despite the lines, the incompetent people and the overall stress of early morning airport runs, we made it aboard the plane and landed in Prague by 930A (Czech time). We snagged a ride to our hotel in Central Prague for 15 pounds and were hitting the streets shortly after.
We all thought we were ballers with hundreds and hundreds of Czech koruna in our pockets… with the exchange though it really only equated to roughly $75 – 100. By the time we wandered into Old Town, we were enthralled with the architecture and the palpable differences between Western and Eastern Europe. Such a difference, and definitely a good change for our mini Euro trip.
We stumbled upon a fun German-style market in the middle of Old Town Square near Tyn Church while wandering. After seeing the Astronomical Clock at Town Hall and a number of other sites, we perused the market. I grabbed an oh-so-delicious crepe while Tiff had snacked on some Czech goodies and dad downed a couple of beers from a stand. Though I’m not a beer drinker, his five beers from the afternoon would lead me to believe that Prague is home to some good beer!
We decided to head to Prague Castle by way of Charles Bridge next to get a glimpse of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy the stellar view from the top.
The castle and St. Vitus’ are spectacular! The structures are ridiculously huge and ornate. The sculptures in the cathedral were remarkable and the stained glass was unparalleled. Even after all of the gorgeous stained glass in British churches, this bad boy took the cake!
After viewing the cathedral and glimpsing the views from the castle, we headed back down through the market so Tiff & dad could enjoy some Czech beer before we had dinner in the Prague sunshine. Glorious!
We meandered the streets for a while and found our way home fairly early after a long, long day. We relaxed for a few hours before heading out for late night drinks at a local eatery.
Get this: four drinks, a coffee and two delicious desserts: $20. Can you say ‘steal’?!
Now it’s nearly 11P and I’ve been up for entirely too long. Hopefully this is semi-coherent when I re-read it tomorrow. In the AM we’re off to Kutna Hora to check out the ossuary (a church made of bones) before coming back to Prague. Catch up with you soon!
Love from Prague,
To see the rest of the photos from Prague, click here!