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Friday 19 June Prague last night and today

What a great tour we had last night. The driver picked us up and dropped us back to our Hotel high above Prague so that was excellent in itself.
Our guide was local and although a little difficult to understand as we firstly toured around the town a little, we soon got used to her.
A very warm woman who gave us all a hug at the end of the truely wonderful evening. On board our boat was a wonderful dinner awaiting us and the tour up and down the Vltava River, through the lock and back to our boarding point after dark about 9.45, was so beautiful, We enjoyed it better than our trip down the Sienne in Paris three years ago and that was incredible. It rained off and on but it didn'T dampen our spirits, just the guide's. she was more worried about it that the 10 of us in our party. We even had a little girl in our party who was turning 3 that day so the guide arranged a little cake and we all sang happy birthday to her. Before that, she was very shy but Des as usual, with children, wind her over and she enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Breakfast in our little dining room was a typical European breakfast. I actually don't go for cake. Salad, cold meats and cheeses in the morning but I. Always find some nice fruit to eat or a croissant and good coffee.
Next was for us to find our way down to the town below and cross to Amazing Charles Bridge to meet another guide for our 4 hour walking tour plus a trip back up to the Prague Castle in a tram. What an excellent guide we had. He was also a local but we could understand him really easily. This time there was only 4 of us on the tour and the other 2 were only doing the first 2 hours, so we had him to ourselves after that. He was very tall but he walked at my pace with my short legs or waited for me to catch up, very patiently, if I had stopped to take pictures, which I do occasionally, don't I Tony. He never said anything until we were all together so we didn't miss out. Very considerate. He was relatively young but he explained everything about where we went in great detail but at the same time, slowly and in such a way, it was all very easy to understand. History has never been so interesting for me although I love it, it is always hard for me to remember everything. He had it easy. We saw and walked over the Charles Bridge, with him explaining many of the statues on the bridge. We went through the lesser town then caught the tram up the hill to the Castle and watched the changing of the Guards. Learnt heaps about the castle and the other castles that are within the walls and who built them. We walked up high for a fantastic view of the town below then the other couple finished their tour. He then took us down to the Jewish town and the new town going through various important squares and finished at the Astonomical Clock before it struck 2pm. He explained in detail what was going to happen when it struck two and then showed us exactly, what was happening when it went through the 30 second movements. That was the end of the tour. I couldn't believe we had been walking for 4 hours.

Suddenly we realised how hungry we were and that we needed to find our way back to the Hotel. Found a cafe where the tram stop was and not too long, we were back at the Monestry. We then decided we needed to explored this area so off we went for another walk through the grounds, climbing even higher up to the Petrin Observation Tower which has 300 steps to climb if you want (we didn't), built in the 19th century and looks very similar to the Eiffel Tower only shorter. Interestingly though, the hill it stands on and the very peak of the tower, is exactly the same height together as the Eiffel Tower so Prague prides itself it also has an Eiffel Tower. We walked through the forest, the rose gardens, looked in the church and saw an exhibition on the building of the Fenicular you can catch up the hill to the village of Petrin up there. Walking back down, we decided to go into the Monks restaurant near the Monastry where they have been distilling beer for hundreds of years. We had a delicious meal of slow cooked chicke. Done in beer accompanied by sourcraut and potatoes. It was tasty till the last bite.

We have probably walked a good 10 kms or mor today so now it's time for bed.

Posted by RitchieOE 11:45

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