Prague

Trip Start Apr 17, 2014
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Trip End May 01, 2014


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Well we are currently sitting at Prague railway station. It is 9.09pm and our train is scheduled to leave at 11.45pm for Budapest. These seats are very hard and have no backs. It is interesting watching the passing traffic, and incredible how many people travel with their dogs, and how well behaved they are. I could just imagine my two if they were to travel we me, horrendous.
We are both exhausted as we have walked our feet off today. As a follow up on yesterday trip package we have done two walking tours and a trip on the boat down the river.
The first of the walking tours was Prague Castle. The guide, Thomas, was a hive of information. I know it is his job but he was so interesting and very passionate about the political history and the history of the Roman Catholic Church and the part it has played in events that have played out over the past century. We had to catch the tour bus to the Castle and then walked around with Thomas. The actual tour once at the Castle went for 90 mins, and finished with us watching the Changing of the Guard.
We returned to the starting point, The Old Town Square in time for a quick lunch before the next tour to the Jewish Quarter was to start. We decided to take the advice of yesterdays guide and try out the roof top restaurant and take in the magnificent views across the roof tops. We weren't particularly hungry so decided on a Sundae and Iced Coffee. It is hot again today and a thunderstorm was expected this afternoon. Yesterday the temp got to 28deg.
This afternoon the tour started at 2.45 and went for about 60 mins. Once again the tour guide was excellent. She walked us through the Jewish Quarter and gave us a history lesson on the persecution of the Jews by the Germans. How they were hunted out of their homes and sent off to one of the worst concentration camps, and where the majority ended up in the gas ovens. It was very sad and she was extremely passionate about it. The area is now very up market with high end shops, but mostly not Jewish owned. She took us past a number of Synagogs and showed us the old cemetery in the Ghetto. Because of the lack of space up to 24 people are buried in the one grave, and some graves are tight up against the one next to it. As we were finishing this tour the thunderstorm hit. Well the clothes we have on that need to last us three day, as we do not have en-suite facilities on either tonight or tomorrow nights train, were now very wet. This is only our third brush with rain that has effected our actual sightseeing.
Next we had planned to do the boat trip. As the boat was covered we continued on with this trip. It was very disappointing, no commentary and after the last two our expectations were high. The one thing that we did get out of it was to see the Charles Bridge and the Lock. When we got back to its mooring point we pulled up along side another of their boats, and had to disembark by boarding this one and exiting the other side.
We walked back to the Old Town Square, found a place also recommended by yesterday's guide and had some dinner.
Well as I said we are now camped out at the station. I have Robyn's umbrella up trying to dry it and we are spread out over 4 seats with all our gear. Have already had a coffee and another is on the cards real soon. Bed will certainly be nice, but by then we will possibly be wide awake.
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