Prettiest city in europe

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Friday, June 13, 2008

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Prague, what a lovely city, and deserving of its title as the most beautiful city in Europe. Our camp site was only 4kms from town so a quick tram ride in. On day one we woke up late to find a miserable day, it was cold windy and rainy. So after some debate (yeah right) we decided to stay in bed. We finally got up at 12 and got showered (still crapy) and dressed. We were meeting Belinda and Amy in town this weekend, and were looking forward to the outside company.

The weather stayed fairly poor, but it didn't rain so we made the most of the city by walking over Georges Bridge to the castle. The view of the castle from the city and vise a versa were fabulous, and the buildings and streets just seemed to get more picturesque the closer we came to the Castle. After a sneaky free visit to the cathedral we wandered back down to have a look around the main square in the old town.

As the euro cup (soccer) is on at the moment there was a large TV screen set up in the middle of the square and hundreds of people were there watching their countries play and drinking beer. We found ourselves a set next to some drunken Dutchies and joined the football watching beer drinking crowed while waiting for the girls to come.

Once they finally arrived 45 mins late (I was wagering on 30mins) we got some dinner from one of the restaurants around the square. The food was ok, and we indulged on meat, dumplings and sauerkraut before walking to get a night cap somewhere. Well the only place we could find that wasn't an English or Irish bar was TGI Fridays, so we got a cocktail each and talked rubbish for another hr or so.

The girls had forgotten to get toothpaste and when we spotted a 24hr Indian supermarket we all wandered in. The Indian guy behind the counter asked where we were from and when we said Australia he got excited and said something in a thick Indian accent. Amy thought he had said 'I like Bruce lee', Dave thought he had said 'I like Black tea', and it was only when he said the fast bowler that Belinda click that he had said Bret Lee. Well that made a bit more sense!

The next day ended up being about the same weather wise so armed yet again with a jacket and scarf we went in. This time we looked around the new town and back into the old town for the bits we missed. We passed a pub that I think was trying to be Australian, it was called the koala had a couple of aust road signs and some Australian wine, but then looked like a British pub and played traditional Czech music, it was all very strange.
We caught up with bel and Amy again that afternoon, and went on a bit of a boat ride down the river. We were the only guests and armed with some blankets we sat up on top and enjoyed the views.

Dave and I were going to go and eat with Clive that night, but I decided that my birthday was in a few days so we were going out for tea. We found a pub/restaurant that looked nice and settled in with a few bottles of wine. One of the specialties was a massive chunk of pork that arrived on a skewer above a wooden board. Dave and I shared one, but we saw a few different people taking it on their own, god knows how they managed it.

The food was 'divine' just like the wine eh Belinda, and I vowed never to eat pork or dumplings again (lets see how long that lasts, actually I had ham today.....). We rolled ourselves home after a coffee in the main square, and finished our Prague encounter by saying goodbye to Bel and Amy.
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