I couldn’t believe my ears when I arrived to the Delta Airlines check-in desk at the Cincinnati airport and the Reservations Clerk said, in a cavalier tone, “Your flight to Newark, NJ has been cancelled due to weather. Come back in the morning for the next flight.” I explained I was leading a group of people through Europe and it was very important to arrive as soon as possible. After checking some other options, he explained that was my only option. My husband drove the 50 minutes back to the airport to pick me up and in the morning made the third trip to the airport to drop me off. I’ve always liked Airports. The anticipation of going somewhere new, the people watching, and even the photo ops. Who knew restrooms can look “artsy”.
On my overnight flight from Newark to Amsterdam, I was seated between two men traveling together. I intended to get as much sleep as I could, but they were so funny and interesting, we talked and laughed for more than half of the flight! I had arranged for an airport shuttle to pick up the 12 travelers in my group. They arrived at various times, so there were a number of trips. After notifying one of the travelers of my late arrival, they decided to wait the extra two hours for me to take them on Day 1’s list of activities: Taking Tram 22 to the Prague Castle Complex, which includes St. Vitus Cathedral, the Powder Tower, Rosenberg Palace, and the Old Royal Palace; strolling down from the Castle area on Nerudova Street across the famous Charles Bridge.
After checking into the hotel and taking five minutes to freshen up, I joined the group in the lobby for the day’s activities. The first photo I took in Prague was while we were waiting to hop on Tram 22. When I requested permission to take this woman’s photo, she asked “why” with a puzzled look. I responded, “Because I like your pants and your dog”.
So, now we’ve arrived at the top of the hill where the Prague Castle Complex is situated, including St. Vitus Cathedral.
Weaving my way through the crowd, I took photos of the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral!
Back outside, the Architecture was captivating…
We strolled down towards Charles Bridge, trying to find our way to Nerudova Street, where all of the small shops and galleries were supposedly tucked into nooks. As you can see from the coats/jackets, it was a bit chilly…around 60 degrees with a bit of wind/rain.
You’ll notice the guy on the right kneeling. We encountered a few of these guys in this position, begging for money. They never look up.
We crossed the Charles Bridge. I have additional views of the Bridge that I’ll share in later posts.
Tomorrow we’ll compare Old Town and New Town!