Day 3: Castle Capers
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Our first stop on monday morning was the CD Travel office on V Celnice, where we wanted to buy our train tickets to Bratislava. However, the place was closed and looked like it had been for a while. A sign on the door told us to piss off and buy tickets at the main train station. We decided to do this at the end of the day and first head to the castle.
We took the subway to Malostranska and then tram 22 to the Pohorelec stop. The first place we got to was the Cerninsky Palace, which was a bit disappointing. Nearby however was the Loreta, which was closed on monday (just our luck), but we didn't mind really, as we just enjoyed all the stone sculptures on the steps.
We walked along a deserted Novy Svet to the castle square, passing the Schwarzenbersky Palace and the Archbishop's Palace, and then went into the castle.
On Karmelitska, we found a little gem, hidden behind an unnoticable gate. The Vrtba Gardens. These Baroque gardens were just breathtakingly beautiful. A few of the statues were missing, but you could tell that the whole place had been passionately restored to its former beauty. It was well worth the 40 CZK each to get in.
Afterwards, we walked to Kampa Island and sat down at a table on an improvised terrace next to the 'Devil's Stream' for a drink, enjoying the sun, which had finally come out for a peek.
Kampa Island itself was pretty and we walked into the courtyard of the Kampa Modern Art Museum (and quickly out again), and then went looking for the Lennon Wall, with its ever changing graffiti.
Afterwards, we walked across Charles Bridge, which was rather dull, as two thirds of it was undergoing renovation work and the remaining third was taken over by stalls selling the usual crap, and tourists, buying said crap.
And then it was off to the train station to get our tickets taken care off.
I think that you need to take a special exam to work for the railway companies, or there are certain qualities you need to work there, as it is generally the same anywhere you go in this world. Rudeness, ignorance and sloth are 3 that immediately come to mind. We were confronted by all 3 of them, when we presented ourselves at the 'international tickets' office at Hlvana Nadrazi. We tried to explain ourselves in German and English, throwing in a couple of Czech words for good measure, but all we got was a blank stare and a lot of sighs.
We also needed tickets to Kutna Hora for the next day, so we located the 'national tickets' office and tried our luck there. This time, I just smiled at the lady, gave her the paper where I had written down everything and looked at her with big puppy eyes and a slightly confused look on my face. I have discovered that this triggers the mother instinct and yes, this time, the lady was so friendly and helpfull, it was amazing.
We had made a bit of fools of ourselves, but we had the tickets, which in the end meant 'Mission Accomplished'.
We celebrated by having pizza in a restaurant off Wenceslas Square, bought groceries and headed back to the hotel to rest our feet.