If we made the flight then we had to book somewhere to stay when we land
Make our way downtown Prague and drop off our bags
Go find something to eat and see how we feel with JetLag
Check-in to our accommodations
See if we feel like going out again to check out the city.
Get some much needed sleep.
Episode Two below capturing hitting the ground in Prague:
After landing in Prague we found a quiet place to sit down and login to the wifi to book somewhere to stay. I used Hostelworld to find and book PLUS Prague for 2 nights. Since I didn’t know if we would get on a the plane it was better to book something after we land. After booking… it was time to go through customs and find the express bus that would take us downtown to the Hostel so we can drop off the packs and go out for breakfast.
Getting tickets is easy. We just picked up 3 24hr metro ticket that is good for all the busses, subway and trams. It didn’t take too long to get downtown via the express bus that takes us to the “Yellow” subway line that we can take to our hostel to drop off our packs.
Below you will see the start of the “Yellow” line to the far left. That’s where the airport bus drops you off at and we just took the yellow line west to the “Red” line where we simply go north 3 stops and the Hostel is right there. Downtown Prague is where Yellow and Red touches the Green line.
It was too early to check-in so we took off downtown to look around a little and get something to eat. We got off at Muzeum and went up to the surface.
We walked around and snapped some pictures and took in the first sights of Old Town Square. I wanted to take them to a place that the Honest Prague Guide talked about Lokal so we had to walk and check it out. We wanted to get some traditional Czech dishes to try. I wanted a mid-morning Czech beer. We ordered Roastbeef with Tomato sauce with Czech Bread Dumplings, 6 week old ripened fried cheese, Pork Leg Schnitzel fried in butter, Pork braised with Kohlrabi and buttered potatoes. After that we got some local Czech money and off we went to explore a little more.
At 3PM we made our way back to get our room at the PLUS Prague Hostel. We selected a private room and headed up to unpack our bags a little. This is a cool little place. Very large and clean with many rooms to mingle and chill. It has a pool and sauna downstairs with a little gym and a big kitchen to cook meals and eat. Outside in the back it has a beach volleyball court and ping pong tables and attached is a bar that serves pizza, burgers and bar food. In the mornings there is a buffet for about 7CAD that has eggs and bacon and other breakfast stuff to fill up for your day ahead.
After getting upstairs… we all claimed our beds and had a nap. Our room had this layout bottom-right above and I had the bottom bunk over to the left and the kids had each a twin bed. You pay for the fourth person to get a private room. It was 3PM in Prague. We have been up for 26 hours straight at this point and we were cooked.
We slept for about 5 hours and got up and went downstairs to get some food and we took it easy and caught up with friends in Canada while I edited video and we talked about the things we could do the next day and what I wanted to do since I did some researching on what Prague had to offer. My evernote Prague folder was full and I made the kids put evernote on their phone so they had all the access to everything on the trip and they could see the agenda. It was peppered with “Don’t tell Mom any of the details”. Since I didn’t want to answer a thousand questions about what we were doing every day of the trip.
Day 3: July 30th | Prague, Czech Republic | 2nd Full Day in Prague
After taking the subway back downtown. We hit up Prague’s City Hall and it’s historic Paternoster Lift shown above. AKA “The Elevators of Death”. This doorless 20th-century elevator doesn’t stop or slow down and don’t get crushed if you slip. Sounds like a nightmare doesn’t it. If you enter City Hall just keep walking to the right and skip the normal elevators and you will stumble one of 9 of these working in Prague. These are a dying breed after modern day safety regulations having banned their construction. These were created in the 1860’s in England these were in government buildings and stores in Germany and around Europe. These elevators travel in a loop. Thanks to the Honest Prague Guide for pointing this out to me to check out. It was Noah’s fave attraction. This one consists of 12 cabins. You have to be fairly quick to jump on and off. Be careful not to loose your cellphone in the crack of the floor. More on that later.
We continued to wander the crooked streets of Prague wandering around the old city centre.
Prague’s famous Astronomical clock which was first installed in 14fucking10. Third oldest in the world and only still working. It’s mounted at Old Town Hall and the clock mechanism itself has three main components: the astronomical dial representing the position of the sun and moon in the sky displaying various astronomical details; statues of various Catholic saints stand on either side of the clock. When the clock strikes at the top of the hour the 12 Apostles do the walk to present themselves in the two windows. The figure of Death represented by the skeleton strikes the time. The calendar dial represents the months. Local legend says the city will suffer if the clock stops and neglected. A ghost mounted on the clock nods his head in confirmation of this. The clockmaker was blinded after it was created so he could not make a clock like this for any other city in Europe. He later threw himself into the gears of the clock killing himself and disabling the clock for a couple of hundred years before it was repaired. Gothic figures were added over the years and also with the Golden Rooster crowing was also added. If you look closely nets were added to keep Pigeons away.
The weather was good, so we decided to hit the “Yellow” subway line north west and out of the downtown to Prosek. We wanted to ride the Bobsled Track shown below.
Bobova Draha Prosek is a cool little track that is open all year round. If you get a group pass it works out to 2.70CAD per ride. Once out of the main starting block… out comes the phone to record. Chantal slowed down at the beginning and waited for me to be right on her tail. The heavier you are the faster you go. I was a little scared and I was using the break on some of the turns since you go up to the top on the corners. I’m not 11 years old anymore and weigh 68 pounds anymore. I’m now built for speed to match my moniker.
Such a great place. 10 minutes away is Kart Planet that has really fast Go Karts but kids are not allowed and with Noah’s arm he could not drive since you can convince them to let kids ride if they really can drive a racing kart. So with “Lighting McQueen” having a messed up wrist we will have to pass and maybe we will come back in the future.
Coming back into the city we wanted to go out for dinner in Old Prague and picked Caffe Italia under the towers and sit out on the patio. Big up’s to them on the beer glasses. We sent home to Mom the photo of Noah below enjoying Prague. Beer is cheaper than coke.
Last night in the PLUS Prague hostel and in the morning we will switch venues for two more nights in Prague.