Met at Carole’s house at 05:00 to drive to the airport. Very wet and dark but exciting to be going away 😁
First time I’ve ever been to Europe without at least one of my kids….. And they both want to go 😔 but this is for me. I spend all of my time ensuring they are looked after and well….. No one usually bothers about me lol.
Have a great flight and arrive in Prague around 10:30. The travel system is brilliant. You buy a ticket at the machine for either 30 mins, 90 mins, one day or 3 days travel and after you validate it, you can use the same ticket on the bus, train or team. Britain could learn a few things!!
The bus terminates at the station and we then get a train to the centre of town, which leaves us a 6 min walk to the hostel…. That is if you you where you are going lol. It’s always the last bit of the journey that throws up the problems hahaha but after narrowing it down we find the hostel.
Looks great from the outside with a small bar/restaurant on the left and a shop we later find out sells everything except safety pins 😱. We are supposed to check in at 3 pm and it’s only 11:30 but the staff are very accommodating. Told us the room would take around 15 mins to prepare but to have a seat and they served us with tea and coffee 😁. When the room was ready, took our bags for us and showed us around. It feels like a hotel than a hostel. Everything about this place is spotless and very well cared for.
The only thing missing was a TV or radio. Not that we needed it but just for some background noise. Beds soooo comfy too. Kitchen area to prepare food but to be honest no one ever did as the food is so cheap it’s not worth the hassle to cook.
I booked the hostel as I thought it was close to the start of the race, didn’t know it was actually only a 5/10 min walk….. Brilliant 👍 and there is a tram that takes you from there up to the expo (plan for fri)
Got unpacked and headed out for food and a walk about. Fancied trying proper Czech food but too hungry so went to the first place we came across was an Irish bar.
Too Hungry to hunt about …. Headed in there. We get asked if we want smoking or no smoking….. Didn’t know they still did that and so wish they didn’t as you can smell the reek. Have to say that was disgusting but the food really made up for it as it was freshly cooked. Salmon with asparagus and saffron mash. It was amazing 😁 and very cheap…. This is gonna take some getting used to lol.
Left there and wandered around and before we knew it we had found the astronomical clock. Now they say this is something you have to see. It chimes every hour and does some funky stuff???? A hem ….. It’s all a bit of hype to probably get you to that area as they have small huts that sell foods, drinks, fifer and even a small petting zoo ( pony, donkey, goats and kids and sheep) ….. Weird 😳 the smell is gorgeous with all the different foods and we decide to try these sweet cinnamon pastry type things with a cup of hot sweet apple wine …. Pastry is nice but very dry but the wine is nice lol 😁 all for the buildings are so beautiful and very detailed. The other amazing thin is there is no litter anyplace. The streets look like they have been scrubbed clean. Walking over one of the bridges, let’s you appreciate the views even more. With the palace on the hill. I read that the views are even better at night, so we make a plan to come back on fri or sat night. After a day of walking round the streets we decided to get some wine and crisps and head back to the hostel to relax.
Friday and we are up and down for breakfast around 9am. Showers are powerful and clean…. 😁 Breakfast consists of different types of bread and rolls, cheese, hams, cereals, jams, salad, tea and coffee, juice from 07:30 to 10:30 We then head along to the metro to buy a day ticket for travel 110k (£3) and get the 17 tram to the expo. I always love this bit. Getting your number and all the little freebies and looking at new kit 😁 We walked past a stand that was giving out bottles water. So we ended up with 2 bottles each. My great plan was to consume both and hydrate well…. Only to find it is not just water and taste absolute disgusting. It had a kind of salty taste and made me boak!!! I was to later find out this is what they supply on race day as the ONLY water!! (Just had to suck it up) 😱We did find out that there is a place called running mall and they do twice daily training sessions/classes. Anyone can join and you can do it for one day, a few days, a week or a month, and we then set off to formulate a new type of holiday to Prague ….😁 such fun 👣👣The expo itself was very small in comparison to London but very friendly and in our bag we got our number, various samples, choice of Adidas long or short sleeve t shirt ( we already paid for this) and a kit bag.
I bought a pair of thee most amazing feeling Adidas running bottoms. (£45… Ouch) Prague is not the place to buy what they term designer stuff…. Along at wenslas square we found a Nike shop where they have security on the door!! It’s ridiculously expensive 😡 so we left all of that and went on a wander again. Went in to macdonalds for food mmmmmmm 😁😁 twell I make it a rule wherever I go we have to try McDonald’s. So far Berlin is the best 🌟 Then Found the ice bar. It was 200kc for entry for 1/2 hr and one cocktail… It was hilarious and bloody freezing at -5 degrees but plenty opportunities to take photos etc.
After all out walking again, we headed back and planned to go to the little bar next to our hostel to try the local food…. We noticed that all places have their own menu but also a set daily menu. This tends to be smaller portions but a 3 course meal. We had vegetable soup, roast chicken, veg and chips and apple strudel to finish. It was fab 😁
Saturday morning sees us up bright and early for breakfast but race doesn’t start till midday…. Initially thought this will be brilliant but turned out to be a long wait! Maybe we should have stayed in bed longer hahahaha
We eventually decide to leave the hostel and head to the start. Since there is water etc every 5k I decided not to take anything with me 😜
The race itself was good and the weather went from windy and cold to a fine breeze and rather warm. The water was indeed that rank stuff but everything else was great. Fresh oranges, bananas and power juice. Also sugar cubes and a tray of salt boak!! All going amazingly well as I settled in to a comfy rhythm. Powering up the ramps on to the bridges, loved the down hill bits and then at 18k the wheels came off……. Oops. Desperately wanted to come in under 2:10 but failed lol just really struggled in the last wee bit but hey I finished it.
The bling was AWSOME ❤️❤️❤️
We got ourselves sorted out and watched the last if the runners coming in. When they say it finished in three hours…. They ain’t kidding!!!
The steel band literally stopped playing at 3pm packed up and left!!! Which I thought was a bit pants as there were only a few runners left and the sweepers were in bikes behind them in orange. That was the only fault I could see.
We then went for food and drink to the little market round from the hostel and I had
Only cost approx £3 (100 kronan) tasted amazing 🙂 we then went back to the hostel, changed and went out to see the rest of Prague on the other side of the water, equally as beautiful but totally different and bloody hilly lol
The guide books told us to see the Charles bridge at night as it is so beautiful… So we thought we would head up the the palace after having out beef goulash and have a wander round there then come down to the bridge…..
Such a beautiful night…….
Just not the same as actually being there. There was a guy below the bridge outside a wee bar playing a keyboard and a small open fire buring beside him… It would be a a perfect romantic moment except I was with Carole hee hee
Then our trip was almost over 😦 back to the hotel to pack and have a bottle of wine and a blether. Had an amazing time and would def go back in a heartbeat