Walking towards Old Town Square from the Marriott Hotel.
Technically this was our second road trip in Europe. We were on our way from Vienna to Prague
, an anticipated 6 hour drive. Again, we stopped and got our highway passes and were off through Vienna. A few stops on the way and some very picturesque countryside lead us to Prague. The drive through Prague is amazing! The yellow mustard provides a fantastic contrast to the otherwise green hills. It's very breath taking.
We didn't get into Prague until late afternoon. This only gave us enough time to unload our bags at the hotel. And because of the long drive, we were anxious to explore the city and get out to stretch our legs. Fortunately our hotel is within walking distance to the main drag in Prague.
From our hotel, the Marriott Praha, we made our way to the Old Town Square. We passed the impressive Munciipal House and Powder Gate, then made our way through the cobble stone streets. Even at the late hour, the area was alive with people, having dinner, having drinks and walking around. There are lots of restaurants and bars open until the late evening to accommodate the late sleepers, it was hard to pick one. We settled on a restaurant in the square, just for ambience if nothing else. Tho food was just average and nothing spectacular. One thing that is popular in these restaurants is that the servers give you food that you did not order. We ordered a chicken dish and were given a duck instead. The cost was a bit more but to avoid conflict we ate it anyway. This is how they run up your tab (and get bigger tips.
Old Town Square/Astronomical Clock
) Regardless what anyone says, duck does not taste like chicken! Besides that ordeal, the dinner was tolerable, but the vibe was truly amazing!
Despite our tiredness, we decided to explore the Old Town Square a little more. We walked quite a bit and stopped when we got the St. George Bridge. I loved all of the old world charm and the history of the city. It's amazing to think that this area was once a castle, with a moat and a bridge that connected it to a castle. How wonderful it is to think that this was a way of life for people hundreds of years ago. It was an amazing cultural and a wonderful learning experience to be in Prague.
We were to take a guided tour of the city the next day so we decided to walk back to our hotel and call it a night. For being in Prague for only a few hours I knew I was going to love the city.