Today we are traveling to Prague. We awoke early full of excitement for the next leg of the journey. Of course, we had breakfast at our favorite gas station in Berlin and then headed for the Hauptbahnhof to await our train to the Czech Republic. The train was very nice. The first class cabin is almost empty so it is nice and quiet. We pass through beautiful countryside. It is so green and lush here — not like our poor parched Texas. We move to the dining car for a change of scenery and some wine. We are now in Dresden and have stopped to allow passengers to embark and disembark it is 11:00 A.M., the wine made August sleepy and he is dozing off. As we enter the Czech Republic the route becomes so scenic and beautiful we follow the course of a river to our left with charming villages nestled along its banks. The hillsides are so verdant and lush. We just passed a beautiful castle on the hillside overlooking the river.
We will be in Prague in one hour. We arrive in Prague and disembark our train, we make our way to the taxi stand and the driver wants to charge 980 crown to take us to the hotel — $98 U.S. dollars, we decide he is a bandit and walk away, before we get far the price has dropped to $30.00 so we keep walking and find the tourist information center. Behold — we find that the hotel is within walking distance! So away we walk and find our hotel in the midst of an old town square. We rest and change clothes to venture out. It is very beautiful here. The war has not hurt this old city.
We find a lovely traditional Czech restaurant, Nostalgie (www.restaurace-nostalgie.cz) and promptly plant ourselves on a back patio and dine on sausage cooked in vegetables with rye bread and herbed butter accompanied by a Czech beer — yummy. We await our second course; roasted pork served with potato dumpling, cooked cabbage and bread dumplings — marvie!!!!!
The food was delicious, the pork cooked to perfection and the cabbage so tender and tasty. We barely spoke during the meal. Teh pastry all looked so wonderful, but we were so full from the meal we passed………….for now. We stopped at the grocer and bought some wine, water and pastries. Back to the room to relax, drink wine and eat pastries!
We decide to have breakfast at the hotel and catch the early train our of Prague. this city has been the least fun in our trip. It seems that perhaps the East has not been able to shake off the cold war. The people are dowdy, ugly and unfriendly. On to Vienna……..
Even the breakfast was sad…………….
Oh wow, toward the end of your post it starts sounding a bit depressing! Still, I’ve heard that it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. What do you think?
I believe the scoundrels at the train station influenced how we reacted to Praha, it was most unfortunate to encounter such villans at the beginning of a trip. We did visit with many people who fell in love with the city.
Yes, that would put a bad taste in your mouth. Glad to know that I should be on guard though, and I’ll tell my students about it, too.