Days 146 Prague
Travel by train to Prague (approx 7 hrs… long days in trains these). OK… so having served as the residence of rulers and archbishops for over a thousand years, Prague has been left with a unique gallery of historic buildings. The ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ is an architecture-lover’s dream and you can trace the history of design from the Middle Ages all the way through to the avant-gardism of the most controversial building in the city, the Gehry-designed Dancing Building (also called the Fred and Ginger Building) on the banks of the Vltava. That’s a cool one as the 2 separate buildings look for all the world economy twined in dance!
The orientation walk shows us a little time across the main statue laden bridge till we get to Prague Castle, the biggest in the Czech Republic. Here we find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane which I sneak into as someone leaves for a whirlwind photo session. The whole thing is up a hill thats quite steep, but rewards you with a magnificent vista over Prague. Our tour buddy Matt (the only American on a tour full of only aussies and 3 kiwis… great guy tho) is down with a stomach bug big time… so we have to leave him behind in… so far… the oddest accommodation we have had. 3 separate sets of apartments we all share together scattered across town. Each apartment has 2-3 rooms with one or two shared bathrooms. Most of the apartments have fully equipped kitchens but there’s no reception, room service or daily cleaning service, but plenty of charm and you can’t beat the location. Mine was dead on the central town square!
So we continue to wander through the Jewish Quarter to see what remains of the traditions and culture of Prague’s formerly large Jewish community before heading to dinner (with a waitress that was the dead spitting image of my mate back home Emily Tubb… spooky) & a look at aaand nice light up fountain. Awww…