Today was our first full day in Prague.
Today was a magnificent day. We woke in the Hilton Hotel in a comfortable bed at a civilized hour (8:30), went downstairs to the lobby restaurant, and had a good breakfast. Ruth arranged tickets to a Hop On – Hop Off tour bus and we met up with Peggy Gill and Doug and Barbie Wickham. Thomas (German speaking driver) picked us up at the hotel and brought us to the pickup point for the tour bus.
We then made the round of the city taking about 90 minutes to drive past the highlights of Prague, with a focus on old-town and the historic areas.
The weather was clear and sunny and the temperature varied between 45-55 Fahrenheit. After the bus tour, we walked through the city streets of old town and met up with Mary, Ted, and Jim in the old town square.
We wandered around for about 30 minutes before settling on an interesting Greek restaurant somewhere in old town and settled down for an excellent (but pricy) lunch.
After lunch, Ruth and I and the Gills wandered through the old Jewish Quarter only to find that all the synagogues and museums were closed due to the Jewish Holidays (Succot).
Bad timing on our part. We then continued our wandering onto the Charles Bridge over the River Vltava.
The bridge is closed to vehicles and has been turned into a pedestrian mall complete with buskers, artists, and (literally) thousands of tourists (including us).
Ruth and Peggy went off on a shopping quest while Jim and I not so patiently waited. Finally, we all made our way back to the hotel through winding, crowded and very interesting streets in the old town.
I think I now would count Prague as my favorite city on the tour. The buildings were fascinating, the street scene alive and vibrant, the food (and beer) excellent, and the people very friendly.
We have one more day in Prague before coming home.