Been a busy few days! Yesterday we decided to take a free three hour walking tour around prague which was a great way to see the city - it took us round the Old Jewish Quarter, the town square and to the Castle area. Took in a lot of great stories and anecdotes about the difficulties the Czech's had over the 20th Century being first under Nazi rule and then under Communist Russia while admiring the truly breathtaking architecture that permeates throughout the whole of the city. Almost every building is beautifully ornate.
The idea behind the free tour is that at the end you tip the tour guide for what you feel the tour was "worth" and social convention and pressure seems to ensure this results in the tour guide - who was excellent - taking a fair wad of cash home. Nonetheless, we decided to live up to the Scottish stereotype of frugality. We looked social convention in the eye and it blinked first. We hightailed away without paying a crown - or whatever it is this currency is.
We had been looking forward to a night on the randan following a hard days walking but on returning to the hostel Jack was hit with the double blow of discovering the place he had withdrawn cash earlier had tried to pinch £700 from his account and that the stress of all this had given him a stomach upset.
In true Top Gear fashion, I left Jack to wallow in silence and went for a pint or two. Found a nice bar with a leafy beer garden perched right next to the river looking up at the castle which was beautifully lit up (the lights doing the lighting were paid for by the Rolling Stones!!) and enjoyed a fireworks display from across the river - in aid of what, I do not know!
Today, we decided to go to the zoo - not considering we were likely to be the only pair of male tourists doing such a thing. Google maps showed us a walking route that supposedly took an hour and 25 minutes to do. We scoffed and knew that couldn't be true. Sadly, we were correct and it took 1hr 45. Needless to say, we took the bus home!
The zoo was pretty decent but it has been a hot day so we tracked down a local "swimming stadium" which had two outdoor pools and a steam room - bliss and the perfect prelude to a huge dinner at a local pub.
Tomorrow we leave Prague to a place called Brno where we hope to be camping near a lake and doing very little for a day or two after walking our legs off here!!