Not so old friends

Trip Start Jul 24, 1999
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Trip End Oct 02, 1999


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Monday, July 26, 1999

Pete and Emma picked me up from the bus station and we went straight out to get a meal and a few drinks before taking the tram back to our hotel. Later that night we ended up in a bar around the road from the hotel playing a few games of pool and ended up getting pretty smashed on Absinthe before stumbling back to the hotel at the early hours of the morning.
Awoke the next morning with the slightest of headaches from the night before. Pete seemed the worst affected out of the three of us and he took a little longer to get out of bed.
First we caught the tram down to Prague Castle, a blackened gothic building that sits dominating the hillside. Inside the stain glass windows were amazing for the richness of the colours. After that we travelled down the winding road to the stunning Charles Bridge, full of market stalls on either side. The views to either side of the bridge were like nothing I have ever seen before. From the bridge we moved into Marianske Namesti, the old town square and climbed the old town hall tower for a truly magical view, with the crowd gathered below, the rustic red-sea effect of the rooftops of the buildings below, the Castle and the Winding River Vitava all well worth the 30kc entrance fare. Infact this was the highlight of the day.



After we climbed another town tower before lazing in the sun on a grassy hill overlooking the town. Then we gorged ourselves on cheap pizzas, took in a movie and then went out to take a few photos of Prague at night.
The Czech capital has been the perfect place to unwind and start my jaunt into Europe. Prague is the type of place that is excellent with great company to relax in for a few days, party and just take in all the tranquillity and atmosphere.



The next day we stocked up on cheap food and booze for our trip and then hung around in the centre of town for a few hours before travelling through Czech and in to Germany in Pete and Emma's station wagon. Driving in the dying summer's day we stopped at a place to camp about 19km out of Dresden. We hadn't any Deutsche Marks so the owner let us stay for free. I pitched my new tent for the first time (outdoors that is, as I had put it up a few times back in London) and then we all had a couple of wines before settling down to bed.
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