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It was bound to happen one day...and it did. Yep, Iāve fallen in love again. This is no fling or just a crush. No, this is the deep love that youāre only likely to come across once or twice in your life, if youāre lucky. It caught me quite by surprise too, you see I fell in love in Prague. Well, actually ļæ½ļæ½" I fell in love with Prague. And who woudnāt? What a beautiful city this is!
Dim and I must have smiled nicely at the checkin girl in Manchester as she put us in row 3 of our Bmibaby flight to Prague on Friday night. You see, Prague is a bit of stag city and with a flight that was running around 80-90% full, we were amongst the less than 10 women onboard.
When we arrived in Prague it was love at first sight. As the home of King Wensclas and with a whopping big statue there, Dim sund the goold old Christmas classic. Luckily for billy and I she knew all the words and could sing it again, again and again...
The weather was gorgeous, even at 11pm. We grabbed a taxi and phoned Billy (from Belfast) who had already started without us in the city square. We dumped our bags in our room and joined him. A quick catch up and we called it a night in prep for the day ahead.
The best way to see Prague is by bike. We hired ours from a seedy looking character and set off along the cobble stoned streets. Ducking and weaving through the crowds, we passed extraordinary buildings of such character and design that they took your breath away (or maybe that was the uphill climbs on the bike). Adorned with little gargoyles or angels, these buildings were stunning. There were archways, gothic windows, stained glass, winding laneways and cathedrals on every corner. The day was spent oohing and ahhing at every sight until we crossed Charles Bridge, found a nice little courtyard pub nestled next to the bridge and the riverbank. Some beer and a big platter of cheese and that is when the sighs of contentment hit in. We lazed here for a little while before heading off again.
That night we showered, spruced up a little and hit the town of Prague. This city has a drink called Absinth which I had never heard of before. I think itās illegal in many parts of the world ļæ½ļæ½" mostly because itās 100% alcohol. The Czechās have on thatās only 70% alcohol so we thought weād try this truly Czech experience. You get a teaspoon of sugar, soak it in Absinth then set the spoon alight, wait for the sugar to melt and then stir it into the glass, setting the whole thing alight.
Immediately after this, we were approached by a guy on his stag night. He was german and with a group of about 8-9 mates who had been staring at us for a little while. The reason soon came out as he explained that as part of his night, he had a scavenger hunt to complete. One item was at least 5 strands of 15cm long blond hair. Looking straight at me (Dim and Billy were no help here) he explained that he could pull them out of head or he conveniently had a pair of scissors attached by a piece of string to his jeans. Thereās not many people I trust to come near my hair, intoxicated with a pair of scissors.
Next, it was off to the pool hall for a few games of pool.
The next day we took the climb up to Prague castle. Iāll be honest and say that Iād hoped for a moat, a draw bridge, a scattering of knights in armour maybe.... that sort of thing. This was more of a modern day Europe castle though. Well worth the climb up, up and up ļæ½ļæ½" but on top were some fairly modern buildings surrounding a very old and enormous cathedral. The queue to view the inside of this cathedral was enormous. We passed and looked around the outskirts and soaked up the awesome view over the rooftops of Prague.
All in all, I loved Prague and catching up with Billy again. There were a few communication issues with his strong irish accent and all (and of course Dim and I donāt have an accentļ). When telling Dim that she should go and have a āpower napā, Dim replied with a āwhat? You smell pineapple?ā Whenever we couldnāt understand him, we knew pineapple had to be involved. Itās amazing how much pineapple there is in Prague!!