After the bar crawl last night we decided to have a very chilled day today. We didn’t have the greatest nights sleep, Prague is insanely hot and our hostel has no air conditioning. This wouldn’t be an issue as our room has huge windows to let the air in, however opposite is a huge construction site. We were woken up at 8am not only but loud bangs, drilling and a large quantity of dust entering the room but to a super loud radio and their poor signing of Czech builders. In the morning we lazed around the hostel making breakfast and in the afternoon me, Lucy and Beth planned to visit Petrin hill observation tower.
This is basically Prague’s version of the Eiffel Tower. We got the metro to the top of the hill and decided we would walk back down. As we climbed our way up the 299 steps we discovered Lucy’s fear of heights and mine still very much exists. Beth then did her best to distract us from looking through the gaps in the steps. The view from the top was worth it, you can see all the way to the highest mountain in the Czech Republic.
Climbing back down the tower we decided to get some ice cream and walk through the gardens. We were greeted with a very peculiar sight, a grown man was sat on the floor in the middle of the road wearing a bird’s beak with no explanation. I feel like nothing in Eastern Europe is surprising and everything weird is just accepted and ignored.
Walking back down and through the streets of Prague we managed to get incredibly lost, they all twist and connect via side passages. I mean where are the Romans and their straight roads when you need them. The upside of this is I finally got to sample the traditional Czech pastry, Trdelník. It’s rolled out dough wrapped around a stick and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Multiple street carts are selling it, but I would recommend avoiding any in popular tourist areas as the prices tend to be far higher.
Finally making it back to the hostel as very sweaty messes, Beth randomly declared that she wanted to wash her body in a weird voice, rather than a shower. This has now caught on and we all refer to showering as washing our bodies.
Afterwards, we collect Vicky and Harrie and went to explore the wide variety of shopping Prague has to offer. I would highly recommend shopping in Prague its very cheap given the exchange rate. Although even after four days I am still baffled by the money and am very much looking forward to going to back to euros tomorrow. It has everything you could want from popular worldwide stores to more unique boutiques to big market squares. Our personal favourite was a sweet store Captain Candy, full of barrels of delicious chocolates and sweets. After spending most of our remaining Crowns, we headed back to get ready for Vicky’s birthday meal and our final night in Prague.
We decided to go to a nice restaurant in Prague square, so Harrie as our designated organiser reserved a table, U Prince. Throughout our time in Prague, we had been warned multiple times about the sometimes grumpy, hostile nature of the Czechs and not to take it personally that it’s not considered rudeness to them. However we had yet to experience any at all, this changed when arriving at the restaurant. Inquiring about our reservation, we were simply told no and walked off. This was incredibly confusing just to be told, you don’t have a reservation when you know that you do. So after exchanging baffled looks, we went inside to try and find out what was going on. We then found out you can only reserve the roof and if it’s full your reservation doesn’t count. The restaurant was very busy but we managed to find a table. However, getting the attention of waiters was another ordeal. I wouldn’t recommend eating in Prague square as its overcrowded and expensive. It was, however, a great alternative to my hostel cooking and we had our final meal in Prague right next to the clock.