Jocelyn and I did head of for Brugge as we said we would and upon arrival we realized a couple of things. Apparently, a hit movie with Colin Farrell can really put a spotlight and turn this quaint little town such as Brugge into a tourist mecca. This, in turn, made our small little town burst at the scenes with people. Not only did they have a new (and very modern) train station, but it was spilling over with new stores and people running every which way to see what it had to offer. Jocelyn and I went there with only four things in mind: A beer tour, Kriek Max, Pomme Fritz (french fries) with Samurai Sauce and Spaghetti at Medards.
We just didn't have time for the beer tour. Sad but easily something we could pass up on. Kriek Max... no longer in existence. It's been replaced by Mystic which was an acceptable substitute. Pomme Fritz- CHECK. And Medards, my entire reason for going to Brugge??? The entire restaraunt was reserved....
Sadly, we were unable to get our unending bowls of spaghetti and so we eventually poured ourselves back onto the train and took off for our last night in Brussels.
4:30am- we're up and running to catch our flight. Very quickly we found out that while the metro begins running at 5:00am, it does not actually come to our stop until closer to 5:45 and we had to catch the metro, catch a 20 minute train and catch our 6:50 am flight...
So 5:00am found us hoofing it to the nearest taxi which took a good bit but a nice driver spotted us while he had a fare, dropped his fare off and came back for us. If I knew his name, I'd tell you to find him next time you're in Brussels. He was AWESOME.
So thanks to Awesome Cabbie, we made out flight in perfect time and arrived in Prague yesterday morning. Figuring out a metro route is a piece of cake. It's always the same, no matter what country you're in. And thanks to Jocelyn's careful planning, we already knew which bus to take to get to the proper metro station and which stop to get off at in order to get to our hostel.
We arrived at Royal Road Residence (our hostel for this leg of the trip) at about 9:30 in the morning. Very tired, we knew our room wouldn't be ready but figured we'd be able to drop off our bags like any other place. It was then that we found out that the owners don't actually sleep at the hostel like most places so no one was there to let us in... so we waited... and waited... and waited. Finally, our girl showed up and let us leave our bags while the room was cleaned and we took in some of the sites including the Astronomical Clock. I took a quick video which you'll have to see later :)
Our room... words can't describe how awesome this hostel is. It's an entire apartment. We have our own shower, bath, kitchen, living room, bedroom... and the view!!! Oh... my... word... the view is AMAZING. We can see Prague Castle to the left and the Bascilica to the right. It's perfect :)
So we have since found the local supermarket because we are in yet another tourist trap with outrageous prices and we cook our meals and wander the streets and take in all of the sites. Earlier today we went to Prague Castle which is the largest Castle Structure in the world. There are LOTS of Churches in there. It's practically it's own city!
Well, we better get going but I hope you've enjoyed this entry and we'll be back soon! We'll hopefully try writing from here one more time before heading out to Vienna!!!
Miss you all bunches!
J & J