The train to Prague was probably one of the hardest but most beautiful train journeys I’ve ever been on. Hungover and exhausted it was definitely an experience. And likewise for the Czech couple who held the curtains open as I took all these lovely pictures 🙂
The trains have little rooms with sliding doors, each with 6 seats, which you would think would make it really easy to sleep in. But with all the movement, plus how gorgeous it was out the window I barely got an hours sleep. Unlike Eamon who slept the whole way like a baby! Our view from our hostel made it all worth it though.
Prague was our first experience with a different currency. We hadn’t taken the time to figure out the rate of conversion, so we thought we were paying a bomb for everything when in fact when converted to euros afterwards, it was next to nothing! Well that was before we went to Budapest where we may well have been making money every time we bought a drink.
The old town square was the first place we went to and I can honestly say I’ve never seen such a gorgeous place. The buildings are so detailed and beautiful. It felt like Disneyland. There was such a lovely atmosphere and the weather was amazing to top it all off.
Our next stop was Petrin Hill. This is the highest point of Prague with gorgeous views of the city. Underneath the tower which is on top is a big park with walkways and fields. Such a fun, but long walk – But even as hungover as we were we somehow managed it haha!
After a traditional Czech dinner of duck, cabbage and dumplings we had a stroll around the city again. I couldn’t get over how amazing all the buildings were. I’ve never seen a city so equally pretty everywhere! It just looked so expensive and lavish, Berlin is like a different world. There was such a nice summery vibe with outdoors restaurants and street music.
We started the morning again by strolling around and taking in all the architecture and beauty. My feet were about to fall off from all the walking but there really was so much to see. I think it’s fair to say that we didn’t waste a minute on this trip and we really did stick to that exhaustive to-do list, but how we did I don’t know as even thinking of all that walking is making me tired all over again!!
One thing I noticed that I never expected was the crazy weather. It went from being pure blue skies and heat to thunder, lightening and rain. Here is a video of a storm we experienced while walking to dinner in Prague, luckily we made it into a doorway and weren’t stuck outside in it. Thanks to the kitchen staff who didn’t mind us blocking their entrance but I swear there was a bolt of lightning literally right outside that doorway and I was not going out in that!
We said goodnight to rainy Prague with some Czech beer and a final look at that Old Town square, before heading off to catch our first full night train from 11.45pm until 6.30am: Praha > Wien. Little did we know then what was in store!