Sunday, July 8, 2012

Walking, walking, walking

Prague is described as a city for walking.  Well walk we did, and walk and walk and climb seemingly endless stairs.  Which is all well and good because I've also eaten more junk food in a single day than I have for a very long time.

We decided to go out for breakfast this morning, but took a ridiculously long time getting ready and somehow missed breakfast being served.  Without the options I was anticipating I was a bit lost and will blame that for the fact that I ended up having apple strudel for breaky at 11.30am. S ordered pancakes with berry compote and yoghurt, however the pancakes came out more like a series of donuts.  He loved it.  To balance the meal we washed it down with hot chocolate - which was good but not a patch on last night's.

We headed over the bridge to the lesser town area of Prague to visit the castle.  A miscalculation with the tram lead to what was probably an hour long walk, much of it up hill till we reached the castle.  We did get to walk past some lovely buildings and the views as you climb up to the castle which is very high above the city are quite spectacular.  It was really only on our trip back across the river later in the afternoon that we appreciated the vast distance we had covered.  It was made all the more arduous by the fact that storms were threatening and it was very hot and humid.

Once up at the castle we were not surprisingly somewhat tired and both our dodgy knees were playing up, so we paused for a donut and a kransky type hot dog.  They were great, and gave us the energy to start touring the castle just as the storm broke.  The castle was not what I was expecting.  After all the furnished palaces of the last few weeks I thought it would be something like that but it was mainly just a series of empty rooms and bare stone walls.  It is the largest castle in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records and the architecture is impressive but it just wasn't what we thought it would be.  Still we had a great time looking around and attempting not to get too wet.

Luckily the rain stopped fairly quickly and we headed back into town.  We had a reviving couple of slices of cake and then topped it off with another giant kransky from the street vendors - I did say that we ate crazy amounts of junk food today.

Tired, with some seriously sore feet we contemplated a Thai massage (because on every block there seems to be garnet shops, souvenir stores, beer vendors, and Thai massage places - not a combination we expected) however the wait times were too long, so we are just chilling in our apartment as we pack.  Prague has been short and sweet tomorrow it is time for Berlin!

1 comment:

  1. Love prague. Ok that pancake meal looks ridiculously delicious...
    Heidi xo