07.07.2011 - 10.07.2011 30 °C
Our apartment was in a great part of the Old Town, just a few minutes walk to the Old Square, Charles Bridge, Legii Bridge and the river islands. Apartment Konvikt looks pretty terrible from the outside but certainly our 1-bedroom apartment 22 on the 6th floor (with lift!) was large and comfortable (80 euros per night). We had a Tesco supermarket nearby (Tesco seem to be quite big in the Czech Republic) and the prices are very reasonable or even cheap. By the way, it's usually much cheaper to drink Czech beer rather than soft-drinks
On Thursday, our first foray into tourist Prague was into the Old Square and it was horrendous. And yes, I know we are part of the problem but surely no-one benefits from such excessive mass tourism. I really hated all of the "famous" sites in Prague but kept quiet as I thought Jeni was enjoying them; it turned out she hated it all too. Old Town Prague and the Castle District are just theme parks. The architecture is pretty average and almost always over-restored - I cannot understand what people see in this place, maybe it's just the pretty lighting on the Charles Bridge and the Castle at night. And while I'm ranting, it's a filthy city. BUT, the people are very friendly and very helpful
On Friday and Saturday, we kept to quieter areas such as the river islands, Paris Street, and Masarykovo Street with it's marvellous Art Nouveau apartment buildings along the river. Museum Kampa on Kampa Island has a great outdoor collection of sculptures that you can walk around for free; we actually enjoyed ourselves
We left for Vienna on Sunday morning - by a Student Agency bus! There was such a long queue for train tickets on Thursday evening that we decided to book online for the bus; it's half the price of the train and the journey is the same time. We hadn't been on a long bus ride (over 5 hours) for years and it was a real surprise - very comfortable seats, movies, free coffee, air-conditioning (it was 33C) and free wi-fi for just 16 euros per seat; maybe all bus-trips are like this now?
And for something completely different, what a load of bollocks is the film "The Song Remains the Same" with Led Zeppelin. My all-time favourite band and I had never seen it, so I downloaded it from iTunes for the bus-trip. Self-indulgent crap