Prague :)

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, Prague,
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's amazing how good things come when you just say yes. A text message from Tiffany P a week before I was set to head overseas and it was done, 2 nights in Prague had been added to my trip. This turned out to be a great decision.

We got up early, well tiff got up thanks to me waking her, something her alarm had failed to do, and we were off in our 330am transfer to Gatwick airport. The flight over was pretty painless and over in just under 2 hrs. We arrived to an amazing day in the Czech capital of Prague. Sunshine and spring like heat and I was in heaven after 2 weeks in the uk and Ireland. We arrived at our surprisingly nice hotel which luckily for us were ready for our arrival hours before normal check in. We ditched our gear, slammed down some food and got a transfer into town for a 3 hour city tour. Thankfully we had chosen the bus/walking combination over the 4 hour walking option as our jeans and shoes/boots (you can decide who was wearing what) were not ideal for the sunny weather and we would have expired walking for that long. Overall the tour was a good introduction to the city and it's many different areas. From old town to new town, from the Jewish quarter to the Castle district. We did a walk through the castle district and took in some of the breathtaking views from the top of the hill. It was then back to old town to complete out tour and get some lunch.

Thanks to the weather lunch was forgone for some well deserved ice cream and a cold beverage. We then decide we had recharged enough to walk back to the hotel. It took around an hour to walk at a very slow pace back along the main river/canal to get back to the hotel. We ditched our cameras and decided to head downstairs to try and find something to eat and drink. We found a lovely little bar down the road to get a cold drink and some reasonably priced food. A belly full of beer and Czech food and decided to call it a night. We had intended to watch a movie but we soon discovered the only 2 channels in English were bbc news and CNN so we hit the pillow early after a big day and ahead of another equally as big.

Morning came (a little earlier for some as they needed to do make up etc) and we grabbed some breakfast (thankfully it was free) and headed into town for more exploring. We enjoyed a morning walk up the river and across the famous Charles bridge before joining a river cruise. The cruise was nice and showcased the city from a different perspective. It was also nice to see that Australia is not the only place that gets crazy floods with some of the levels shown along the river through Prague are hard to believe. Our cruise finished and it was time for lunch. We found a great little place with nice Italian food and most importantly a water spray fan to keep us cool.

Wait, I missed the most important part of day 2....I got to wear shorts! A t-shirt! And Thongs!!!!!!!! A luxury I think we take for granted in Australia far too often. It's ridiculous how many pairs of socks you go through having to wear shoes everyday.

Anyways after lunch we set off through new town on a different route back to our hotel. We had a cruisy afternoon (I had a sneaky sleep while tiff caught up on facebook and ordered flowers for mothers day) had some dinner and then got ready to tackle central Europe's biggest night club - Karlovy Lazne! Not sure what to expect as we jumped out of the cab we headed in (after being frisked by a rather large russian guy) and headed to level 1 - radio hits. With a really young looking crowd, we felt comparatively old but we decided that meant we had a thing or two to teach them. We had some drinks, cut some shapes and had an overall really good night out. Cool set up although the stairs are a bit of a killer for the ladies by the end of the night.

We crashed back at the hotel after almost ending up god knows where by getting in the wrong cab (crisis was averted quickly) and grabbed a couple of hours sleep before getting up for our transfer back to the airport. Thoroughly tired but satisfied with our time in Prague we headed back to London. With a surprisingly quick transition through customs it was time to go out separate ways as tiff went back to life in london and I was off to St Pancras station to catch my train to Brussels :)

Prague - amazing, beautiful, lively, modern and historic all in one. Definitely a must do for anyone coming to Europe. I will definitely be returning!

The photos attached are thanks to tiff :) mine will be added when I can get access to a computer, hopefully Paris :)

A one liner I picked up in Ireland....
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Tiffany on

Looks amazing! Like a fairy tale almost.
FYI, forgot to tell you, make sure you go to Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, it's on Ile de la Cite just near the Notre Dame. It has the most amazing stained glass ever. You should appreciate :)

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