A Trip to Denmark and Central Europe travel blog

Dresden in the Morning

The Train Station at Dresden

Following the Elbe

Train corridor

Prague - Old Opera House

Prague - Old Opera House

Alongthe street

Prague Town Square

Everywhere...

Dinner!

Communist era details

Communist era details

Communist era details

Communist era details

Communist era details

Communist era details

Communist era details

Communist era details


Up early and have a bit of breakfast, then Alice went back to the room and I did a quick walk down the street to see what there was to see. Most stores were closed but there was a bustle all the same of people getting ready for the day. Some were trying to recover from the night before. Anyway, back to the hotel and check out, then wheel the bags down to the station. I discovered that the wheel I replaced from my trip to Central America had half disappeared – worn off somehow. I have to pull the bag on the other wheels – rather awkward.

The train ride was pretty easy – no issues like in Berlin – we found our seats easily. I got bored half way along and decided to stand in the corridor. Some nice views. As we got further from town the more abandoned buildings were seen – both houses and industrial ones. The train followed the Elbe river all the way to Prague with only two stops.

Into Prague and tried to find some Czech Koruns – long lines everywhere. Some guy came up and offered to sell me some at a good rate – Alice warned me not to do it but I was tired and frustrated (and stupid) so did the exchange. The bills looked legit. Anyhow, then out o the taxi stand and the driver showed us a card with rates – to Downtown was 680 Koruns – about $34. Got to the hotel and the notes I had bought were not Koruns… so he took euros. Only the top bill was Czech – the others Russian or something – worth way less than that.

Checked into the hotel with no problems – and nice room but no AC and a view of an air shaft in the middle of the building. Also free internet finally! In unpacking and looking through the literature in the hotel I found that the taxi from the train station to the hotel should have been about $15. Sigh. I chalk it all up to being a tourist tax – pay much more than I should because I’m a tourist. Best to just move on.

After we got settled we went out get some real money and to look around and settled on a pasta place – The Coloseum – to have an early dinner. I had chicken snitzel with potatoes au gratin and Alice had a spaghetti dish. Come to find out the place was actually a Czech chain restaurant with a dozen or so locations. Back to the hotel.

Since it was still fairly early I wanted to walk around a bit but Alice wanted to stay – so I headed out to see what I could see. I walked up to the Old Opera House at the top of the street next to the Palladium – a five story shopping mall with a three story book store, grocery store, and about 50 shoe stores. Then down toward the town center – amazing architectural details everywhere – with 1000 years of history I guess it figures. Several of the images seemed to be from the communist era – or at least in that style.

After about two hours I went back to the hotel and got Alice. We went to the local Billa grocery store to get junk and a beer – so a very unhealthy dinner. Then look through the paperwork and figure what we’re doing the next couple days. We have three tours scheduled – one for tomorrow and two for Wednesday. We may do a WW2 tour of Prague in the AM before our scheduled tour, and a “Ghosts of Prague” tour in the PM after the scheduled one. On Wednesday We tour the Terezin concentration camp and have a folklore dinner in the evening.

Tonight an early night and some laundry!



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