First, let us admit, that we did not schedule enough time in a city that exceeded all expectations.
We were picked up at the Prague airport, some 30 minutes away from the historic city, by “Jerry”, a young Czech citizen with a newer Mercedes van. He provided guide services, and took us on a tour of the outskirts of the city, updating us on the history of Prague and its current political climate. And, he finished by taking us to our apartment, carrying our bags, etc., all for only 20 euros. A truly nice guy and a price that gave us a glimpse into a very affordable but busy city.
Politically, the Czech Republic is about 50/50, pro Russian vs. Pro American/NATO, we were told, but the current Russian leaning president, even though he’s said to be known as a chain smoking drunk, will get re-elected because the other candidates are either from other countries except for one local guy who has “tattoos all over his body including his face”.
Even though we wanted to spend more time in Prague, we had a full schedule of sightseeing thanks to a stranger. While we were looking at a map, a 20 year-old hotel worker, who had just completed his shift at the hotel that the film company was using as a German command post, asked if he could help us. Before long, Daniel, a knowledgable and obviously very friendly guy, took us nearly everywhere, including Angelato, which had gelato as good as you get in Italy.
We walked Prague’s version of the Champs Elysees, from the statue of Good King Wenceslas to many spacious and crowded public squares, including Old Town Square that was like Disney World. We visited the old Jewish Quarter and its haunting cemetery, the famous Astronomical Clock that provides an hourly show, and the iconic Charles Bridge, with its views over the Vitiva River and the Prague Castle.
We are hoping to make it up to Prague castle, to complete many of the must do things before leaving Monday for our 4-hour trip to Bratislava from the main train station. We went to the station tonight, as part of our 12-miles of walking today, and found another massive shopping mecca inside, away from the major city center.