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2. Arriving in Prague

Fri, Sept 13

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The flight left LHR about 40 min late, but we 'made up' some time so only arrived 15 min late. They gate checked hubs bag, but didn't have to wait too long for it to come out.

We arrived in Prague around 1:30. I had arranged a private transfer from the airport to our hotel (Best Western Hotel City Moran - which I got 4 nights for a grand total of 11.50 - using air miles). I thought after hours and hours of flying, that was the best thing to do, instead of trying to figure out public transport. The cost maybe was double what we would have paid for taking a bus/metro (650 CZK), but so worth it. I was able to contact them while at Heathrow to let them know we got an earlier flight, and luckily they could still accommodate us.

After arriving at the hotel, we decided to rest for a few hours, as we were running on very little sleep. The hotel is quite nice - we were on the 5th floor. Lots of extra pillows (some of our accoms are light on pillows - I need at least 2, and some only give you one, meaning I have to find creative ways to raise up my head more - whether folding the pillow, using a decorative cushion or folding up a blanket to put underneath)...but a def lack of outlets. You'd think in this day and age of gadgets, outlets would be more prevalent. The bedside lamps were hooked into switches on the wall. As far as I could see, only two plugs for the TV and desk lamp - so we'd have to unplug the lamp in order to plug in the kettle or one charger. Little fridge in the room, which was nice so we could pick up some soda or juice.

After our rest, we decided to head out down to the river and we walked as far as the Charles Bridge - which was about 15 min by foot. On the way, we stopped at Café Slavia for supper - I had read about it in a guide book and so in we went. Nice inside - we were early-ish, so no issue getting a table near the front. I had a lovely chicken Caesar salad - with lots of big flakes of cheese - and hubs had spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread. For dessert, I treated myself to some apple strudel - it came with whipped cream AND vanilla ice cream on the side. Lovely.

Afterwards we just wandered around - walked halfway over the Charles - very very crowded. Most of the artists had packed up and the crowds drove us back the way we had come. We really were quite taken with the lovely buildings - lots of colours and details to spot.

Posted by u2traveller 08:34 Archived in Czech Republic

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