Monday, August 31, 2015

A day on our own in Prague

We arrived here two days before our tour group meets up to make sure we've recovered from jet lag before we have to listen to instructions from our guide. So today we wandered in Old Town Prague. I thought we were going to explore the Jewish Quarter, but when we saw the ticket line and the hourlong wait, we decided to walk around town instead. We made our way to the Vitava River, which runs through Prague. We found some shade under a tree (heat wave - high of 91 today) and watched the boats.




Art loves using maps to figure out where we are and where we're going. He got us to a gelato shop a few blocks from our hotel. If you had a late breakfast and it's time for a light lunch, gelato is a good choice! I was too busy indulging to take a picture of my coffee gelato.

Three hours later we took another walk and found a delightful Italian restaurant. Dinner? Fabulous tomato soup and a goat cheese and strawberry salad to share.


Here in Prague, there are little restaurants on just about every block in Old Town. If you go for a walk - even a short one - you'll find something to eat. The ground floors of the buildings are commercial establishments and the upper ones are lodging. What a walkable city!

In addition to being the map reader, Art is the keeper of the money. He's currently carrying dollars, euros and Czech korunas. A koruna is worth about an American nickel and Art has both coins and currency and he appears to know what he is doing when he is paying - doesn't have to translate (20 to 1). He says he doesn't have to worry about it. He just pays them what they want! When we leave the Czech Republic on Wednesday he will exchange the remaining korunas for euros - the currency used in Poland, the next country we'll visit.

I note with satisfaction that tap water is safe to drink here - on our last three international forays (Turkey 2009, Ecuador 2012 and Kenya 2013), that wasn't the case. Love it!

9 comments:

DJan said...

I'm so glad you'll be blogging along as you go, too. I'm enjoying being there vicariously! :-)

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

It sounds like a really wonderful place to visit. Like DJan, I enjoy sharing your trip.

Elaine said...

Wait till you see the St George bridge and downtown! We bought 2 marionettes in Prague at the factory where they are made. Warsaw and Kraków were amazing too. Sorry about the heat. But gelato is good!

Barbara - said...

Prague is one of my favorite cities. And they have more music going on at one time than anywhere else. Often small concerts in churches.

Olga Hebert said...

Wonderful vacation, it looks like.

Meryl Baer said...

Sounds like a great trip. Walking, eating, walking again and eating. Love it!

#1Nana said...

It looks wonderful! I'm getting the urge to travel!

Linda Reeder said...

We love walking through foreign cities, guide books and maps in hand, discovering as we go. And ice cream lunch happened quite frequently. Have fun!

Retired English Teacher said...

I've always wanted to go to Prague. Art is a great traveling companion because he reads maps and takes care of the money. What a bonus.