On To the Main Event...Prague!
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From Amsterdam, we were off to Prague. The flight was easy going though I would like to give a shout out to the lovely flight attendants of KLM, they were all gorgeous and so friendly; The Netherlands, the gift that keeps on giving. When we landed I was surprised to see that the airport was pretty small. I was happy that I received my luggage though, after my problems in Spain, I always get a little nervous. The airport is a little ways out from the actual city so you can take a cab or take public transit. We choose public transit. The reason is that I had done enough research to know that the taxi drivers are known for ripping people off. In fact, 5 minutes off the airplane and we were being accosted by a taxi driver who did not appear all that wholesome.
We hadn't slept on the plane that much, but were really too happy to be in Prague to care. So we checked into our hotel (The Akcent) and we were off. The nice thing about our hotel is that the Andel subway station was right outside our door. The thing about the Czech subways is that they are deep underground and cold with a wind tunnel effect. It could be 120 degrees outside and it would still be a breezy 45-50 degrees below. This kind of sucked because the weather while we were there was perfect; 75 degrees everyday! But then you would go down into the frigid subway and freeze.
After 4 stops Noah and I got out of the sub zero subway station to the bright warm sunshine. The center of Prague was before us in all of its Eastertime glory. My first impression was wow this place is crowded, then again, we were near the Easter booths as it was, hey, Eastertime! People were milling everywhere, brats and beers in hand. There were booths selling Czech goods and even a little petting zoo at one end. I can't pass a petting zoo, I just can't and wasted a good 15 minutes there along with all the other children.
Let me just say, the architecture is amazing.
The other thing I noticed rather quickly was that the roads are cobblestone. At first I thought it was just the major tourist areas, but I was wrong. The cobblestone is EVERYWHERE! I wouldn't normally mind, but you see, I had messed up my back a few weeks earlier doing an extreme yoga move. I hadn't done yoga in a couple months due to a musical I was in, I didn't have time, and I was in very good shape thanks to the show so I assumed I could begin where I have left off.
After, we had a quick visit to the booths we decided to head to the Charles Bridge. Unfortunately, the bridge was under construction at the time which kind of stunk. They were working at the entrance of both ends which made getting onto the bridge a chore. I had no idea how crowded it would be. It was swarming with tourists and peddlers.
A little history lesson: The Charles Bridge was built in 1357 and was finished at the beginning of the 15th Century. Along the bridge you will see many baroque statues depicting various saints and patron saints. The most popular statue is St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was thrown off of the bridge. If you touch this, you will have good luck and will return to Prague.
Because we had arrived later in the afternoon, we didn't have too much time to explore Prague before it got dark and we had to feed. But before dinner we decided we wanted to check out the Prague Castle.
After we visited the grounds we decided it was time to grab some real Czech food, which meant stay away from the tourist areas as much as possible. We prefer to do that anyway, but that is where you will get the cheapest and most authentic food. In fact, the packed restaurant was all Czech except for us and a Spanish table. I had the onion soup, salmon and apple strudel (which was everywhere).
After the dinner, we wandered the city a bit before heading to the hotel. We both were pretty exhausted from the flight and in our head it was 6PM our time and we had not slept. So off to bed we went.