Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 2
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Prague - a stunning city and new friends
Prague never fails to impress. An attractive city. A romantic city with picture book moments. And as the reassuring, dreamlike skyline came into view, we immediately felt at home.
We last visited 15 years ago and over the
years it has become increasingly popular. The highest point on the skyline, the
cupola of Gothic St Vitus cathedral stands proud, gazing over the city. Baroque
and Romanesque architecture in abundance, entwined amongst cobbled streets
echoing from hundreds of years of history. Nicknamed the city of 100 spires but
looking around there seem to be 100s more.
Prague is a visual delight - almost too
perfect to be true - with a well preserved medieval centre. It has the largest
UNESCO designated area in the world. The entire historical centre is listed.
And rightly so. It’s compact and easy to
explore on foot. Chose good footwear or it may be heavy on the feet. A pretty
place, easy on the eye. Intimate and homely with a labyrinth of cobbled streets
so intriguing that you long to get lost.
Our day had started 6 hours earlier. What
Trafalgar promise Trafalgar deliver. Right on cue our chauffeured
limousine arrived to whisk us to East Midlands airport. It’s always nice to
have a bit of luxury in life and included in the tour price. A lovely touch and
it beats a taxi any day.
We had a smooth flight. Many youngsters on
board were clearly not going for Prague's beauty and breath taking sights.
No, they were probably going for the unlimited supply of beer for which
the city is truly famous- you are never far from a bar!
At Prague airport we had our first meeting
with tour director, Paul Wormsbacher and Gabor Imre, our driver. The two had a
great rapport and we knew we were in safe hands. And over the days they became
our good friends too. Gabor is Hungary's answer to George Clooney or
George Clooney is America's answer to Gabor.
It's not everyone who can say they have
stayed with The President. But we did. Trafalgar had booked a 5 star hotel,
overlooking the river Vltava (English pronounce it Volta) - the river which
dissects the city in two and is famous around the world. The hotel was an easy
10 minute stroll away from The Old Town. Location, location, location. The
President has 130 spacious and comfortable bedrooms. A massive room, a massive
bed and an enormous bathroom, with separate bath and walk in shower along with
his and her basins, which are always good to avoid any squabbles. Five star
elegance which clearly rubbed off on the staff - they were all superb.
Paul held the introductory meeting at 4.30pm.
There were 48 on the tour and a great mix of nationalities. Kiwis, Australians,
Greeks, Americans, South Africans. Singapore, Canada, the UK and Malaysia also
Our first meal together was at U Cisaru restaurant, a stone’s throw from the palace. With champagne flutes clinking, we sat down and there was the first real opportunity to get to know people. The pate with almonds and raspberry puree, pork tenderloin and a fantastic dessert were excellent. As was the wine. Taste buds suitably tantalised and fascinating travel tales swapped between the group, Gabor drove us back to our hotel.
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- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 1 - preparing to travel
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 3 - a guided walk and music by candlelight
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 4 - city wonders and cafe life
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 5 - Vienna bound
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 6 - a Viennese whirl
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 7 - having a ball
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 8 - Budapest bound
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 9 - Big bustling Budapest
- Trafalgar Tours - Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Chapter 10 - Goodbye Budapest
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