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5. Prague Castle

Mon, Sept 16

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So hubs was still not feeling well today. He came down to breakfast and ate a half piece of toast, but that was it. The British couple were there again so I had a chat with them - they were heading home today.

I decided to head to Prague Castle and went the same way I did the evening before. Line up was short and I got the 'package' recommended by our airbnb guide - it allowed entry into the big church, golden lane and a few other spots. This line fore the cathedral wrapped around the side, and they let in maybe 3 dozen people every 5-10 min or so. I guess I hit a busy time (prob a 20-25 min wait) as when I can out, the lineup was really very short. The stained glass in St Vitus cathedral was mind blowing. I've seen lots of stained glass windows, but the colours here were so vibrant. And the huge silver ornamental piece - wow. Next on the visit list was St George's Basilica, which was quite small and fast to go thru. Then the Old Royal Palace - where I was given an audioguide - seeing the big main banquet hall (where they would hold jousting contests!) was quite impressive. Then onto Golden Lane - which was now quite crowded. The little houses were open - they are all pretty much shops now, so I poked around them but didn't buy anything. That pretty much covered everything, so I grabbed a gelato to get me thru a hungry spell, then decided to walk down to Charles Bridge and check out the artists wares.

I ran into the British couple from the hotel on the bridge! Always funny when that happens - I guess we all go to the tourist spots...lol. They asked after my husband. They were just spending a partial day, then had to get to the airport for their flight home. I did find some lovely intaglio prints on the bridge - I had a really hard time deciding, but was glad I could decide without having input from the hubby...lol - this way I got the ones I wanted without having to make concessions.

Next I found my way (only slightly getting off track) to the funicular and Petrin Tower. Lovely views over the city - I decided not to go up the tower - partly because of price, and partly because I was starting to get a little hungry. I wandered around the rose garden and the grounds and sat down to have a raisin and nut treat I had in my purse. If I was a little younger, I could see doing the hike down the hill, but I was just too hungry. I caught the funicular back down, then wandered back towards the hotel, catching a tram once I crossed the river and getting back around 3pm. Hubby was still alive, feeling a bit better, but still not 100%. I ate the leftover pizza from the night before (oh, I did walk up past the hotel to get some cupcakes at a shop I'd spotted the day before - we ate them that evening).

Hubs decided he'd come out with me, so we walked over to the Lego Store and paid to see the 'Lego Museum'. It was pretty cool to see all the Lego stuff - new and old - but it was a bit expensive for what it was. We walked back towards the hotel, stopping by the rotating statue I'd seen the day before, and showing hubby the shopping mall nearby.

He still wasn't feeling good enough to eat, so he went back to the room and I popped into the café across the street (Café Amandine). And I got the most expensive thing on the menu - lol. Actually, there wasn't a lot on the menu that appealed to me, except the steak with roasted veggies and some kind of whipped mash. The steak was absolutely delicious - especially after eating leftovers for lunch.

And while at the cafe, a couple came in and were kinda waiting for someone to seat them, even though they could just pick a table. The waiter finally came and told them to sit wherever and they sat beside me. I said I was going to tell them to just pick a seat. So got talking and he was from Ontario and his girlfriend (this was an older couple) was Polish. So when he sat he told the waiter he got a card at the hotel for 10% off the total. My food hadn’t come out yet so I said...watch my stuff, leaving purse and camera behind and ran over to the hotel for my card...lol. Anyways, had a nice chat with them and saved 10% off my meal. They had been in Italy for a family wedding, so were seeing more of the continent.

Went back over to the room and had some tea and my lemon meringue cupcake (which was super sweet and super good) and some tea, and we started sorting out as next day was moving on to Vienna day.

Posted by u2traveller 05:10 Archived in Czech Republic

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