We walked several miles and climbed 150 stairs (Abi counted) yesterday, in the cold and mist, just so I could show you this view. Okay, yes, we wanted to see it for ourselves but you get the benefit without the hike. You’re welcome!
But let’s back up a bit. Our flight from Washington, D.C. was scheduled to leave last Sunday at 9:45 p.m. but of course the weather turned wicked cold that night. We actually didn’t board the plane until 10:00 p.m. and then we sat on the plane while the crews de-iced said plane. More than happy to have them take good care of us, but in the end our flight didn’t take off until 12:12 a.m. Neither one of us can successfully sleep on a plane, just a lot of mind-numbing head bobbing, but no real sleep, which of course left us exhausted.
Planes & Trains
Have you ever traveled through the Frankfurt, Germany airport? I’m telling you it is one HUGE airport, ridiculously big but at the same time quite convenient because everything you could possibly need is there, including the Hilton Garden Inn where we spent the night, and a train station.
Nuremberg to Prague
Wouldn’t you know it, our train the next morning left the airport 30 minutes late which caused us to miss our connecting bus from Nuremberg to Prague, the city known as the Paris of Eastern Europe.
The Paris of Eastern Europe
Prague. There are many who refer to the city as the Paris of Eastern Europe and I gotta go with it. There’s no disputing Paris is Paris, but Prague definitely has a Parisian vibe and we’re pretty much in awe of the city. The people are super nice and welcoming, the architecture is stunning and everywhere you look you can see a steeple. And, there is a castle on the hill. What more could you ask for?
Language & Money
The language is a tough one but most everyone we’ve come in contact with is either fluent or speaks a bit of English. I’m not even attempting to figure out the money, that’s Abi’s job, nor am I attempting to read street signs. I know how to find our apartment and that’s all that matters in my book.
The World’s Smallest Lift
Speaking of our apartment, we rented a studio which we found on VRBO and we paid about $50/night for a 7-night stay. It’s quite comfortable and super quiet. The building has the world’s smallest lift and the location is just a 20-minute walk to the old town square.
Smoking in Europe
The biggest challenge for me, when traveling in Europe, is the cigarette smoke. My lungs just cannot tolerate the smoke and I usually end up with bronchitis as we settle in and this trip is no exception. Well, one exception, as it has taken down Abi as well. Between 7 hours of airplane air, a serious lack of sleep and smoke-filled Europe, it’s inevitable. UPDATE: New smoking regulations are now in place, in Prague.
Just before we left home I told our son I would be surprised if I didn’t get sick more than once. It pretty much sucks but what are ya gonna do? It’s why we carry a pharmacy. I never leave home without antibiotics and a prescription cough syrup. Yep, it’s that bad. ::sigh::
With all of that being said, we are very much enjoying Prague. We have spent the past 2 days wandering aimlessly around the city (eating yummy street food) taking it all in and getting a feel for the lay of the land, figuring out what we actually want to do/see. At some point we may decide to tour the castle and we are planning a day trip to Kutna Hora – to visit the village and tour the Bone Church. We just take each day as it comes and see where we end up.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
So here we are in Prague, two sick puppies, but we will carry on. I’ll publish posts here on the blog as often as possible, but the bulk of our daily updates and photos will be on the blog’s Facebook page. For those inquiring minds who want to know more, head on over to our Facebook page each day to get the latest. We’re also on Instagram where you can find my somewhat feeble attempt at more artsy photos. And, of course, don’t forget to click on that splat bubble just below and subscribe to follow!
What a wonderful post, except for the getting sick part. We were there for 3 months last summer and will be back for a week in late March. So reading your post getting us excited about it. VRBO? Never heard of it. We’ve booked mostly using Airbnb in the different places we’ve travelled. But we were lucky with Prague – got a $500/mo apartment through a friend of a friend which is why we were there so long. Lived like a local and, as our first stay since leaving home 8 months ago, we’ll always have Prague in our hearts. And I don’t see a million tourists in your photos – a benefit of going in off-season.
Enjoy the rest of your trip!
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Definitely off season, but as the week wore on and the weather warmed the numbers increased dramatically each day. Would not want to go in high season. I can’t imagine the Old Town Square in high season!
Wow, delays and sickness already, travel is really giving you guys a beating at the moment! I hope you recover soon and I’m impressed that you’ve continued moving and sightseeing despite being sick. Prague looks amazing; I am now adding it to our Europe itinerary for next year 🙂 Look forward to hearing and seeing more from your journey.
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Thanks, Amy. It has been a rough start this go ’round. I think you’ll enjoy Prague and there are a lot of vacation apartments and hostels near the city core.
The weather looks pretty good there. Enjoy. Love those cinnamon bread things. I couldn’t pass them up.
And don’t forget to have an aperol spritz at the restaurant/bar right by the clock tower. They have really good duck there too. Then on the hour, they raise to tent roof and you can see the clock go off.
Today dawned beautiful, clear blue sky, supposed to be 55 by Monday. We are loving Prague and enjoying the vibe of the city and yes, we’ve eaten our share of the cinnamon bread rolls – so good!
Hi Patti and Abi, welcome to Europe! I have never been to Prague so it is lovely to visit with you. Sorry to hear your lungs are suffering, here in England is all smoke free in public places, but I guess in Eastern Europe is not, they will catch up eventually. I love your picture of the Vltava River. I hope you are on the mend now and enjoying exploring, looking forward to hear all about it.
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Thanks Gilda. London is on top of things, Paris was one of the worst places ever for smoking, 9 out of 10 people smoked, I swear. And yes, of course, I did get sick. We are very spoiled in the USA with no smoking laws and when we get to Europe my lungs kind of yell out, hey, what this stuff?! 😉 Prague is beautiful and I hope you find your way here.
I haven’t been to Kutna Hora yet, but I have been to many other small Czech towns which are so quaint and nice to walk around. Have fun.
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Thanks, Corrine. We had hoped to take a couple of days trips but we lost a day from being sick, so we’ll probably only make it to Kutna Hora, from what I’ve been told that’s a must see.
Being sick somewhere when you don’t quite have a handle on the lay of the land—let alone the alphabet—can kind of suck (to use a literary term). We’re flying to Israel next week. I think we got the snowstorm and arctic temps out of the way this week because it’s a long flight and I don’t need to be on the plane for extra hours like you were. Our last trip to Europe was to Munich via the Frankfurt airport. Two things struck me: 1) the enormity of it and 2) the people drinking wine and beer with/for breakfast.
When we were in Prague, we took a long walking tour of the city. Our tour guide was actually a law student who spoke excellent English. There was a tram ride in the middle of the walk to get at least part way up to the castle. Our trip to Prague was before I had a travel blog, so, of course, I cannot remember the name of the company that did the walking tours.
I hope you both feel better soon, but it’s probably wise to take it easy until you’re on the mend, so you don’t keep relapsing.
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Yes, it does really suck. We lost an entire day and a half, but we have weathered the worst of it and the sky is blue this morning, so hopefully timing, sickness and rain has passed and we can move forward. We love to just wander aimlessly, but we have seen a LOT of walking tour groups, I think more than I’ve ever seen.
First off, I’m sooooo terribly sorry you are both sick! Patti, I have to tell you I devoured every single word of every single sentence. I “know” you from following your writing and chatting with you for a long time in blog years. So, for someone (me) who hopes to make it to Europe someday and is incredibly anxious and overwhelmed by the thought this post was wonderful! That’s why I was deciphering every step of the trip that you wrote about. I will continue to do so in every post. Thank you and again sending you healing blessings! 🙂
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You’re so sweet, Mike. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
That little hike was just a warm up. Thank you. I was totally lost in the Frankfurt airport and then the train and still walked a couple miles to find my Couchsurfer/tour guide for the day and reversed it. Thank goodness people were very helpful. But you certainly didn’t get off to the most timely of starts. Although things/beer/food are looking up in Prague.
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No Gaelyn, timing wasn’t on our side, but I’m hoping that part of it is behind us! The Frankfurt airport is really something, isn’t it?!