21.09.2015 - 28.09.2015 16 °C
We had been intending to catch the bus from Pilsen to Prague, only about 1.5 hours drive (we love the fact that everything is so close here, we’re used to the distances in Australia!), but our friend John insisted on driving us so we enjoyed the luxury of being taken directly to our hotel without having to make our way from the bus terminal/train station on the public transport system (thanks John!).
We’d only booked for three nights, but realised that there was a lot we wanted to do so extended our stay to 7 nights. We also wanted to keep chipping away at the school work, so we started a routine of school in the morning, then lunch and sightseeing in the afternoon. With the incentive of ice cream the boys did a great job!
Prague is full of amazing architecture, history, art and entertainment. We spent a lot of time walking (sorry boys!), but it’s really the only way to see Prague and enjoy it. There are particular stand-outs of course, like the Town Square with the gold Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle and its amazing views. This is probably the biggest castle complex we’ve seen, with a huge cathedral, St Vitus Cathedral, in the middle and four storey buildings all the way around.
It looks particularly beautiful at night!
We learned about Wenceslas, of the Christmas song “Good King Wenceslas”, who is a very important historical figure to the Czech people (he lived over a thousand years ago) and who is recognised with a statue in Wenceslas Square.
The square is an important part of Prague, the site of historical moments like the Declaration of Independence 1918, protests, and Jan Palach who set himself on fire in protest of the Russian invasion in 1968.
We enjoyed a beer every night (it’s cheaper than softdrink!), one night was along the river bank with a great view of Prague, very enjoyable!
To try to balance out the walking and looking at churches/castle, we found a couple of parks for the boys to play in, one of which had a flying fox that they both loved. There were Czech kids there, some of whom could not speak English, but that didn’t stop them pushing each other on the flying fox, or playing hide and seek, love that! One of them pulled out an English book and Lachlan sat down and read with him.
We met a lovely Irish family staying at the same hotel, their daughter Ava loved playing with Cameron.
After a fun week in Prague, we boarded the bus and headed to Austria (it's a great international bus system here!).