Well Friday was our last day in Prague, the time had gone so quickly!
After breakfast we packed our bags and checked out of the hotel. We left the bags with them as our pick up wasn’t until 7.30pm.
Over breakfast we decided to go to Wenceslas Square and New Town. We took the subway from Andel to Museum and ended up outside the Prague Museum. We asked a street vendor where Wenceslas Square was and she said just go down.. Oh well… off we set down the road past shops and hotels. This area is quite wide with shops on either side of the road and an area going down the middle. When we got to the bottom of the road I noticed we went past Mustek station – the one for the old town.. Kev then said we’d been here before and recognised the area..Sure enough it we where we were on Tuesday evening before returning back to Smichov!! So where was Wenceslas?? We walked back up the road and asked in a cafe and he said this is it…the wider part with a horse statue was Wenceslas Square, I felt quite underwhelmed! We were all expecting to see something like the square where the Astronomical clock was! We decided to hang around for a coffee and a quick bite to eat – plus it had started raining. What better excuse do we need for a drink!
Mid afternoon we went back to Smichov and went to the shopping centre. I wanted to get a gift for our grandson and go back to a sports shop to look at some shoes I had seen. We also noticed that there was some market stalls along the road. They were selling all local produce – cakes, cheese, cured meats, bread, wine, jams and some local crafts.
After looking around the market we headed back to Cyrils Bar as it was near the hotel. A couple of last drinks and we would be on our way back.
It has been a fabulous trip. Even though we spent more time than ever with our friends we still remained friends at the end!! The locals are all lovely and always ready to help you out if they can. I can’t wait to go back!
I’ll leave you with some tips for travel to Prague:
- Trams, buses and subway – get a day pass.
- Each subway station has different entrances – handy when you want a particular area. For example – Andel entrance is outside the Akcent Hotel but there is also an entrance in the Centre. It came in very handy when it rained. We went in at the centre walked through the station and came out right by the hotel all lovely and dry!
- Find the name of the station you want on the subway as there are 2 platforms. It’s easy to see which platform you need from the overhead map.
- Trams don’t always go back to where you got on!! See Prague Day 2!!
- Language – find out the Czech words for entrance, exit, centre, hello, thanks. Also find out the Czech word for any building or sight you want to see – all the signposts are in Czech only.
- You may find a compass handy or a compass app.
- If your camera has manual settings for aperture and shutter get used to them before you go. When you visit places the auto function doesn’t always give you a good shot. If you want to take ‘snaps’ then fine but if you want to take ‘photos’ then practise!!
- The Akcent Hotel was ideally situated. It’s a short walk to bars, restaurants and shops in the Smichov area. Right next to subway and the bus station. Clean, tidy and functional and had free wifi and free safe!! (Many 4 and 5* hotels still charge for wi-fi and use of a safe)
- One last thing…. get some comfy shoes – you will get aching feet so be prepared!!
That’s it – I hope you have enjoyed reading my Prague posts. Feel free to leave a comment.
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