When it came to traveling, I was what you'd categorize as "anal retentive". There was always a blow-by-blow typed out itinerary that would scare the most dedicated tour operators (as well as any poor souls who were unfortunate to come along for the ride). Ah well..... the arrival of a baby put a stop to that.
I developed a new trait called slackitude which proceeded to plague all my subsequent travels and culminated in the worst planning ever on our most recent trip to Prague. Funnily enough, it was one of our most enjoyable and relaxing trips. This time, I did NO reading whatsoever nor learn a single Czech word (I've always thought it was good manners to at least learn hello, thank you and please until.....errrr..... recently). I organized our hotel/airport transfers days before our departure and just about managed to dump a few clothes into my tiny suitcase (wait a minute, did I not write a post on packing tips?!). So if you're hoping to get tips on traveling to Prague, you're barking up the wrong tree....... I mean, blogger. BUT if you want to learn how to get lost on numerous occasions, I'll be more than happy to help you.
The area surrounding the town hall looked like and at times, felt a lot like a grown up version of Disneyland but without all the crazy amusement rides. It's jaw-droppingly stunning at every angle. It's overrun by so many tourists that we walked smacked into various tour groups everywhere we turned. Little wonder because it's (sorry to be so repetitive) simply beautiful. And very affordable. We struggled to use up £190 worth of Czech crowns in 5 days.
We walked everywhere, only referring to the map when we were on the wrong side of the river, ate, walked up to the castle, ate, checked out a mall, ate, wandered around all the back alleys, ate.....etc. You get the idea. We'd eaten goose, hare, beef, pork and duck along with dumplings the size of my fist, on plates larger than my face in a few short days. The roast goose, grilled vegetables and sauerkraut at Kolkovna Celnice were divine. The dish was barely £10. Unbelievable. So was the crispy but melt in your mouth roast duck at Amade, though the dessert was disappointing. The Czech cuisine is hearty and unpretentious which suits me to a T.
We were blessed with incredibly good weather which hit 20˚C by mid afternoon, right in the middle of autumn! Thank goodness, I'd packed light jackets or else we'd be toast. Literally. There's still so much we haven't covered in Prague that we'll have to make a second trip here and explore outside of the city.
p.s. to all the waiters and waitresses who had to put up with me photographing my food to death before eating it.... and to my poor husband and daughter who suffered the same fate but managed to survive deliberate starvation - I'm sorry.