Phew! we’ve been having such storms here disrupting the internet connection, I’m only now trying to catch up with the happenings in blogville.
Anyway, back to travels…
Our trip here wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the castle. So that was our program for the morning, to marvel and imagine all the royal activities that had taken place here.
June 7, happens to be my dear darling husband‘s birthday and we had booked a dinner cruise down the Vltava River. City is really spectacular in the evenings exactly as seen on postcards. First part of the tour program took us back again to the Old Town Square, Jewish Quarters but we also explored New Town, Spanish Synagogue, State Opera, etc. Some of the rich and fascinating history of this country is found in these places.
We had a ball on the boat and no, it was not because of the superb service nor great food. Food was average and live music entertainment was pretty lame. To be honest these cruises are a rip-off, designed with the tourist in mind. Yes, we do get ourselves ripped off at times because if you have limited time to spend in a place it’s actually good to do a guided tour so as not to miss places of importance.
Anyway, we had great company from some English senior citizens, who were on holiday there as well. We noticed that these cruise boats are quite popular with pensioners, it must be the ease with which they can explore places without having to climb all the flights of stairs that feature in almost every building in this city…stairs that leave you breathless regardless of your fitness level.
I have posted some pics on my previous post travel theme: night
The English seniors were really a delightful bunch, and so much more if you enjoy English humour. Another plus was that they had previously travelled to South Africa and there was so much to talk about. Then, our waiter was the “cherry on top”. At some stage in the evening he brought a round of digestives, which we declined because first, we were still busy with the bottle of wine we ordered and secondly, because these drinks could have been free but were not. So, by the end of the cruise we had to settle our bill and by this time our dear waiter was speaking in a very slow and more emphasized manner…a little or a bit tipsy perhaps:), making a point of reminding us about the service fee (the tip).
Hubby handed over the cash (they don’t accept cards on board) for the amount owing, which included the tip as well. When counting back the change we noticed that he had taken more than offered (few euros really, nothing that would break the budget). Our theory is, he must have drank those digestives we (and other tables as well) declined earlier on and was still making the tourists pay for them anyway…*lol*.
Nonetheless, Prague by day or night is spectacular and lovely overall. It’s a big city and yet so easy to explore by foot, bus, tram, metro and with a boat as well. Transport system is so efficient and reasonable. It’s safe and easy to find your way even during the night, there’s visible policing all over. We had the best time in this city and we are sure to come back for more.
Czech as a whole is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Highlight! Best value for money with it’s exchange rate. This makes it one of the loveliest places to spend your hard earned cash without breaking the bank.