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Today – Friday 9th February 2007 was my last day here in Prague. I was seriously unhappy leaving this place. I’ve met some seriously beautiful people and had so much fun…
I promised myself that I will be back this summer. So watch this space and my friends in Prague heheheheehe
Anyway, the cab man was unusually friendly. His English was bad but it was enough for me to understand some of his points. He was quite engrossed talking about Prague past and his passionate views on America. For political reasons, I am not going to share it here
It took me about 30 minutes to get to the airport. I checked in for Munich departing at 1310. I was still in my upset mood leaving Prague so I called up my Prague friends to cheer me up… Don’t ask..they made me happy.
My best friend back in London, Iveta has been yapping on Messenger about going to Budapest and the importance about me going there. It’s her homeland. So dont blame her.
Honestly, I really hand on heart wanted to go to Budapest but I was having too much fun in Prague. My restricted time was also a contributing factor so it was really a difficult decision.
I’m sure she’d get upset knowing that I didn’t go. But I am sure she’d get over it quite soon.
The plane we had to get on was one of those small propeller/fan plane. I was scared senseless. I’ve never flown Fokker style. I wasn’t sure if I could make it. Worst still, they put my window seat next to that flipping propeller fan. Darn… What if..What If….
You’ll see my growing FEAR here…
Now imagine this NEXT TO YOU…Feel my FEAR
I was glad to reach Munich safely. But, I was only here on transit. I had decided much earlier in London that I wasn’t going to tour around Munich as I’d been here with a very close friend before . Hence, the transit.
I should have told you earlier that my next trip from Prague was to Genoa, Italy.
So, no touring around here. Well, apart from shopping that is. I have been to Italy zillions of times so it’s home to me.
Anyway, the plane I was on from Munich to Genoa was very much the same to the one I was on earlier. Difference: Just bigger.
My numerous flights to Genoa all these years have taught me this:
Shaky and turbulent flight/landing.
So, flying on a propeller plane to Genoa alarmed me big time. If a Boeing aircraft could be ‘unstable’ whilst landing, imagine what it could do to a propeller aircraft……
Huah Huah I wanna cry……
Trust me, the 2 odd hour flight was one of the most discomforting experience I ever had and sitting next to the ‘fans’ weren’t funny anymore.
I was soooooooo glad I’d finally reached Genoa safe and sound.
I have decided that today was my relaxation day and I must try to recover from my tired and aching feet. I had walked for miles and miles yesterday and I think I deserved a rest.
I started the day with my delicious hotel buffet breakfast and I quickly dashed up to my room to finish off with some of my work that badly needed completing.
Strangely, I got bored quickly doing the work I guess working while having a fab holiday could have a very adverse affect to the quality of your work – no matter how hard you try… I know I know, it sounds lame but who cares anyway, it’s my holiday hahahahaahahahaha
Round about noon time, I had decided that I shouldnt be doing any more work. I got changed and walked straight out of the hotel along with my ‘FREE’ Prague map.
I walked via the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) towards the beautiful Charles Bridge. Here are some of the pictures I took during my strolling session (By the way, weather was much better than yesterday. It didn’t snow )
I had a surprised text from my new found friends at the club yesterday and they were asking me to go back again tonight. I texted them and said YES!! I had a blast and yes they made my day again…..
Anyway, I continued my stroll towards the Old Town Square. This place is absolutely magnificient. If you’re here, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous ancient buildings.
Ok, before you ask where are the pics….so here goes;
For Prada, Louis Vuitton etc enthusiasts, you’ll be pleased to know that it is just around the corner from Old Town Square. The road name is Namesti something .
I know I am not being helpful. But you cant miss it. It stands out by a mile particularly that huge Chanel logo jutting out from the Chanel boutique . If you walk straight ahead on that road, you’ll get to Intercontinental Prague. One of my favourite hotel chains.
I have to admit that I got lost a wee bit from the Old Town Square but I quickly made it to safety. See I can survive you know…
I was at Vaclavske Namesti (Main Square) when my stomach grumbled. I then decided that McDonalds was the answer. Junk food time.
Here is the pic from the square. At the far end you’ll see the National Museum. I didn’t go in there. Just couldn’t be asked. Seen too many of them.
That was it. Tired. Off back to the hotel.
After my well deserved rest, shower and fresh pair of clothes, I was ready for my session at the club with my new found friends. I am not going to include it on this blog but FYI, I had a fab time!!
The date recorded by WordPress above does not reflect the date that I had travelled anymore. It has now taken me quite a while to update this blog. I have been having too much fun In fact, only a couple of days ago, I had completely lost track of time….there was one point where I didn’t even know the day or the date
I understand that I have a duty to do and that is to update this blog for my lovely friends and you. So here goes…
Note: To make matters straight, the date for today was Wednesday 7th February 2007. I have now travelled away from London for exactly a week now.
The blog continues…
I did the usual thing and that was to have breakfast. The breakfast here at this hotel was nice. Well prepared and they offered a number of mouth watering selections. I supposed the one thing that still impresses me was the interior. It’s so me Love this place.
I went straight to the lobby and asked one of the guys at the reception about the best way to get to the castle. He directed me to get the No 22 tram and get off at the far end of the castle where I could just walk conveniently and visit all the historical touristy places.
The No 22 tram stop was just around the corner and the fare that I paid was 20 Chezk (very reasonable). The next problem that I had when I got on the tram was finding the stop to get off at There wasn’t any clear sign of the destination for each stop and although they inform you of the place at each stop but the spelling did not seem to match pronunciation. Bugger!
I used my intuition in deciding the right stop. Finally, I got off and voila…it was indeed the right stop. Yippeee.
The roads in Prague are very winding and it can be quite daunting to some people. I suppose my sense of direction is not so bad. Finding the castle was just a breeze and on the way, I was surrounded by some seriously beautiful buildings.
My Prague Video Intro:
Prague Castle is a place that everyone must experience. It sits at the top of a hill and views overlooking the city is unmatched!!. I did take several video images of the castle but for some unknown reason it wouldn’t convert to wmv. Hence, no upload on Youtube. Darn. Not happy
Anyway, you do need to pay the entrance fee to get in but I couldn’t remember the price I paid for the ticket. I just pay when people wants money off me Absolutely no records of it for my accountant back at home..Hehehehehe
Don’t fret though, ticket wasn’t that expensive at all.
The first thing you see when you enter the castle is the infamous St. Vitus Cathedral. Here are some the pics (Again, sorry no videos – it has gone buggered):
Just opposite the cathedral, there’s the St George’s Basilica. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to snap pics inside. Lots of tombstones though….
Another interesting place here at Prague Castle is Golden Lane. Its just a small lane with tiny cute homes. However, they sell lots of souvenirs here and oh, they’ve got a rather surprising museum on the upper floors as well. Here’s the video.
A picture of Golden Lane,
and another picture of a view of Prague from Prague Castle:
There were a number of museums in the castle itself and I went to all of them. Unfortunately, I have issues with going to museums on my own particularly when i am left alone in an exhibition room. I don’t know why. It never fails to give me the creeps. So no pictures. I just walked and quickly glanced through all the exhibition stuff and dashed straight to the exit
I did witness the change of the guards but again I have completely forgotten to get the camera from my bag and by the time I remembered, they were nowhere to be seen…Oh well, I guess you just have to come here yourself to witness it
After the castle, I walked up towards Strahov Monastery. Again, it sits on another hill and that was a bit of a trek. Blimey, I have to stop moaning
Anyway, I’ve been told that this monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world. I saw a nun in there and she smiled at me. Yeah!
Watch the short monastery video:
I did have a quick sneek peek at an Amber shop to see if there was any stones that I could purchase. This shop is located just around the corner of the monastery that leads towards Loreta – another beautiful church in Prague.
I have always wanted to buy an Amber but I’ve never found the stone interesting to look at. Maybe, someday when I see the ‘stone’ that I fancy then I’d probably buy it. This time around…well more like most times… I didn’t purchase anything .
As I was heading towards Loreta, it was beginning to snow again. I didn’t mind…it wasnt that heavy anyway.
Here’s the video of Loreta (with cute baby statues and the bells)…
I then had lunch in a very unique yet quite interesting restaurant. This place wasn’t that far from the monastery and nicely tucked away from plain view. If you look carefully, you’ll see a sign for the restaurant…follow the sign and you’ll get there…:)
The restaurant was in a home but as you enter, you will find a small pathway that leads you to a staircase down to the cellar where you will then be greeted by the lovely waiter. Beautiful feeling to it.
I had ‘Beef Ghoulash’ and it was delicious. My good friend – Iveta have always been yapping about me getting some ghoulash and experience the yummy taste. Well, I now must admit that it was divine. I will definitely come back to this restaurant. Who wouldn’t?….It was amazingly cheap for its quality
After my well deserved lunch and rest , I then headed up to another hill towards Petrin Tower – a small copycat version of Eiffel Tower .
I almost ‘died’ walking up the steps to the tower but I supposed it was worth the trek once I there. The views of Prague was gorgeous but the Tower was a bit of a dissapointment. It was way too small
Anyway, I didn’t spend too much time here because I was already feeling extremely tired and in desperate need of my bed. I quickly headed towards my hotel and this journey took me about 20 minutes or so. During my stroll, I took several pics for your viewing pleasure
I woke up bright and early at 8 AM . I got myself ready and went straight for breakfast. I decided not to do any touristy stuff today as I believed that I have seen most of Berlin anyway.
I did most of my work that was way overdue in the morning and I checked out at 12.30PM. I got the cab to the train station. The train fare was very reasonable. 1st class 1 way ticket cost just 80 odd Euro.
The train station in Berlin was very impressive. It looks more like an airport than a train station with many levels. Kings Cross is definitely nothing compared to this one. Hahahahahaha.
My train was due to arrive at 2.30 PM so I had plenty of time to kill. I had a quick stroll around the shopping area and got myself fish and chips for lunch.
The train arrived about 10 minutes late but I wasn’t fussed. Views en-route to Prague was okay. I didn’t see much as it was getting dark anyway. However, I did see loads of ‘Wind Farms’ along the way.
The journey took 4 hours. It was quite an effort to take my baggage out of the train as most of it was oversized . Anyway, I went to straight to the money exchange counter and got my Chezk money.
Unfortunately, I was duped by the taxi man. He charged me a fortune for just a 3 minutes cab ride to the hotel. A bit of warning to anyone out there who may be planning to come for a visit – Be Wary With Taxi Drivers In Prague! Some of them can be quiet dodgy.
The hotel I stayed in was great. It’s called Eurostars Thalia. It’s a five star hotel that is close to the main square and located just opposite the National Theater. The room was fab. Extra large bed with ‘Kelly Hoppenish’ design. That was enough to make me happy after the taxi incident