Today was breakfast at our Penzion and then a three-hour bus ride back to Prague. I forgot that I still needed to get cash to pay for our room and that meant running a damn mile into city center to try and find an ATM — and then, of course, running back (well kind of running). Our Penzion owner didn’t speak a bit of English but somehow we figured one another out. She smoked, which was not lovely, but her loveliness trumped the lingering smoke smell in the dining / check-in room. Thankfully, we couldn’t smell the smoke from our room and the beds and pillows were the most comfortable thus far. The bus was quite lovely took, with seat movie screens, wifi and refreshments.
I had decided to book a Penzion in Prague near the airport so we would have an quick trip to the airport in the morning, but that meant a 30-minute uber ride to anywhere we wanted to go. We decided to go bak into Old Town to visit the Secular Alchemy Museum, which we all loved and a found a Mexican place for lunch / dinner, which we also super loved. Most days, we only eat two means and then snack a bit, if hungry in between.
All in all, I am in love with both Prague and Cesky Krumlov. I can only imagine how lovely the two cities are when warmer; however, I can only imagine how VERY crowded they are too. One of our uber drivers told us that Prague had an official NINE MILLION tourists last year. He said the summers get so crowded that you an barely cross the Charles Bridge. They also implemented security screen at the Prague Castle this past fall and the line was ridiculously long. I cannot even fathom what that line is going to be like during the summer months.
CZECH REPUBLIC SUMMARY | 21 - 26 April
Food & activities: $350 (and that includes our $80 tourist trap rip-off lunch)
Transportation: $160 (nine 30-minute uber rides, one 3-hour bus ride & one 3-hour train trip)
TOTAL for 5 nights: $830