Off to a great start
09.09.2015 - 09.15.2015 74 °F
16 September 2015
I've been meaning to sit and get this blog started but Prague was such a beautiful city and for the most part the weather has been stellar. Right now we are south of Prague in the beautiful little medieval town - Cesky Krumlov. I was trying to write before breakfast today but breakfast was delivered (yes, delivered) and then it was off to the Castle before the tour groups arrived. Hopefully, I'll have a post before the end of the day.
First things first...We left the US last week (Tuesday) and the trip really wasn't too eventful.The short version: The trip from Rochester to Toronto wasn't a problem but we did get an email that morning indicating our flight from Frankfurt to Prague was cancelled - Lufthansa pilot's strike. We made it to Toronto and after two hours in line at the Lufthansa desk we had tickets leaving Frankfort at 8pm the next night after arriving from Frankfurt at 0800. That would mean a 13 hour wait in the airport after traveling for a whole day. Not too happy!! We connected with Brenda who arrived from DC shortly after we did and decided that we'd take the train instead of waiting. Fortunately, we had only checked our bags through to Frankfort and Brenda had done carry on so it was off to catch our train. Two stops to change trains along the way, enjoying the beautiful German countryside, catching some zzzzzz's and arriving two hours before we would have even taken off had we stayed in Frankfurt. Taxi from the train station was a breeze as we went to "Travelers Point", a tourist office, in the train station (recommended by Rick Steves). We had booked our accommodations, six nights in an apartment (residential area about a 10 minute tram ride to the Old Town) with Airbnb.com.
We were welcomed by the owners step dad, given keys and told to make our selves at home. Also, got a recommendation for dinner close by. After dinner at Waikiki, it was back to the apartment and we were more than ready for a good night sleep.
The next couple of post will be mostly photos. Prague is such a great city - we absolutely fell in love with it.
IASW (if you've followed my blog in the past, you know that I definitely think this world is getting smaller and smaller. So when those "moments" happen, I will often refer to them as "IASW"...we had our first one on the very first day of our trip- I think it was a good omen.) We had just gotten to the Rochester airport and tried to find out how we'd get to Prague when we met a small group that was traveling on our same flights. They were heading to a river cruise. Travelers tend to be a friendly group so we chatted on and off. We were in line together while boarding the plane for Frankfurt when one of the ladies asked Jim what he did for a living when we were in Rochester. When he told them he was a cop - we got a couple of very stunned looks. One of the ladies asked if we knew a Officer Lawler - I said "Bill?"..."no, Tim - he's my husband". NO WAY!!! Of course, Jim not only worked with Tim but Tim also worked on two of our kitchen rehabs. And, one of the other ladies is the mother in law of Marv Patterson. So you see, it really is a very small world!!!