Journey to Prague, Czech Republic

Trip Start May 18, 2007
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Trip End Jul 18, 2007


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Dom Casimi Hotel

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Hello Everyone -

We grabbed some Indian food at our Dom Casimi hotel (we got a 10% discount) and headed for the train station, with no sitting area, lift or escalator. By now you can only imagine our bags weigh a ton (54 lbs - each!), pulling them up and down 3 flights of steep train stairs was quite the challenge. Local people would stop to help and we politely told them "thanks for the offer but these bags are too heavy".
 
Boarded the night train, with a very grumpy train conductor, in a car full of non-European people, with no food car and silly us, we did not plan well enough and had no water or food. Just as well, as the looks of this train would not make us want to eat anything on board. We had two very small 3 oz water containers that had to last us 8.5 hrs. The train ride was simply awful - noisy, stopping every hour for what appeared to be nothing. Passport control guards came on board at 1am and banged on all the doors to see our passports. After just leaving Auschwitz it was a pretty alarming experience, especially when the guards stopped to peer into our cabin to check "things" out. It was creepy.
 
Ryan was on the top bunk and sandwiched into the fetal position the entire night. Laurie got up to visit the bathroom at least 6 times and thank goodness for wipies brought from home as there was no toilet paper anywhere on the train - only sandpaper-type paper towels - what a special treat.
 
Every time Laurie got up she told Ryan, in his dead sleep stupor, that he was "in charge" to keep an eye on the door to ward off the thieves and all was good.
 
The train broke down about 15 min outside of the train station and they attempted to "change a tire' - it was comical. We pulled into the train station at 7:40am and eventually found our waiting driver who delivered two very exhausted travelers to Hotel U Kocku, located directly in the center of town, 2 blocks from the gorgeous Charles Bridge and views of Prague.
 
We napped for 4 hrs today, taking a semi-day off to catch up on our sleepless train journey and wait for the crowds to go away. Our room overlooks a cute, yet very bustling town square with the sounds of Prague and bumper crop of crowds everywhere. http://www.a-prague.com/hotel-u-kocku We highly recommend using Athos Travel, per Rick Steves. The staff was quick to respond to our request and found us a lovely place to stay. Athos Travel: info@a-prague.com  We'll venture off tonight hoping to find empty streets for good photo opportunities.
 
Hope all is well with everyone! We enjoy reading your comments along the way.
 
Today's walk: 1.92 miles
Total for the journey (47.75 miles, 9 days)
 
Love,
Ryan and Laurie
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jillypoo
jillypoo on

Hotel de Kocku?
Hopefully it's clean and not kocky locky like the train ride. Wow...that reminded me of the overnight train ride we took with Grandma where we had to do the back check thingy and keep one eye open for roaming pick pocketers. Don't forget about the clock in town where Glo's mamma was married. A nice picture would make her happy! Have fun....maybe we'll hear from you tomorrow on Mom's birthday? She's hoping......Jilly xox

sckaiser
sckaiser on

Luggage
Karl and I discussed your luggage issues. There is an article in the oregonian today about taking the 'lug' out of luggage. START dumping stuff along the way. All you really need are two outfits! Others will love your little gifts along the way.

rkwarren
rkwarren on

Small beds with footboards
I bet that bed provided a great nights sleep. I hate footboards when you are tall!!! Did you sleep on the follor Ryan? The picture of the city is gorgeous.

100 degrees in Phoenix. Tomorrow I'll be realxed in your pool!
Roger

danyellpdx
danyellpdx on

Enjoying your entries and pictures...
I have enjoyed reading about your trip - sounds like you are having a blast. (And able to laugh off the inevitable 'not so great' travel moments. :)) Not sure if Laurie or Ryan is the photographer, but the pictures are amazing!

Take Care, Danielle

gailandpete
gailandpete on

beds and city
Wow, what a beautiful city! Those beds look way too short for Ryan...How'd he do with that?

Ditto Sammy, probably time to jettison some stuff from your luggage, or send some stuff home...

Wow, you kids are on the fast track, huh? I'm exhausted and overwhelmed by the extent of your travels, and I'm just sittin on my patootie reading about everything!

19 months apparently makes a big difference!!!

xo,
G 'n P

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