Prague by Night

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.

The Castle
View from above

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. 

 

Just before dark

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. 

On board – everyone wanting to grab a piece of this beauty

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. 

End of the lovely cruise

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.

 

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisaman says:

    Those night shots are stunning!!! I have been there once…It is a beautiful place!!

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks Lis, it is a beautiful place indeed:-)

  2. diannegray says:

    So jealous – looks fantastic!!!!!

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks Dianne. It was really fantastic:-)

  3. optie says:

    We were there last year as part of a tour and loved the city, we did not get to see all you did and would love to go back to explore at leisure. OH got charged 8 Euros for a single tot of whisky at our hotel which we thought was over the top. You have inspired me to post about our trip sometime.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Yeah! I guess hotels would overcharge:-(. But I’m glad I’ve managed to inspire you to post about your experience there. Would love to hear it soon:-)

  4. 68ghia says:

    The Porra went to Prague the other day – he spent his nights with the rest of his team, watching soccer!!! I was stunned!
    All that beauty and you choose to watch soccer?
    Lovely photo’s K – glad you enjoyed the trip 😉

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks J. Well, I hope he was at least watching in one those vibrant and beautiful establishments around:-)

  5. I was waiting for this post 🙂 Great one 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks, glad you like it:-). Next time we visit Eastern Europe we’ll be sure to stop by your home country Slovakia:-)

      1. Definitely 🙂 But better choice to visit Czech Republic or Krakow 🙂 Slovakia has few really nice caves and High Tatras and castles but not much places to visit. Bratislava is okay, though. 🙂

  6. Ruth2Day says:

    I never thought of Prague as being an interesting place to visit, but I think you have convinced me.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Try it, I promise you won’t be disappointed:-)

  7. aj vosse says:

    Happy birthday, darling husband! Indeed a lucky man! 😉

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thank you, AJ! I’ll pass the birthday greetings.😀

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