Subject: Re: Re: Prague - last minute
Hi and Happy Christmas to all We went to Prague last week for 5 days and had the most wonderful time. I went earlier in the year (and in March last year) with students, staying in one of the very cheap hostels so as it was my husband's first visit we decided to go 4*! I wanted to be either in or on the edge of the Old Town and after visiting many hotel discount websites we ended up booking Hotel Adria on Wenceslas Square through who were excellent. They certainly offered the best deals and we paid 58 a night for a lovely room in this extremely comfortable hotel with a huge breakfast included. Has I booked a couple of weeks earlier we would only have paid about 35. Prague is so cheap and we had excellent meals almost everywhere we went. We discovered Caffe Flambe on Husova in the Old town which was a delight after what can be rather heavy Czech food. I love Obecni Dum - as others have said, have coffee in the 'tea room' on your left as you enter and return to the Pilsner restaurant downstairs for your evening meal. We ate there early before a concert and the roast duck cost about 3 and was delicious! We saw that Ashkenazy was conducting the Czech philharmonic at the Rudolfinum and called into the box office 2 days before. We got the best seats - row 5 in the centre - for under 10 each (be aware the box office doesn't take credit cards for some reason). We saw the concert being advertised in ticket agencies for twice that. There are a number of 'tourist' concerts held in churches that charge this amount to sit in a freezing cold church for just an hour's concert - but I guess its an experience and is still cheap compared to anywhere else in Europe. We recently paid 88 each at Covent Garden, London! There is always so much on in Prague - it really is a cultural city. You can find out many of the listings a week before by visiting which is the English language newspaper - worth looking out for when you are there as well. On arriving at the airport we negotiated a ride in one of the white minibuses parked outside arrivals - he took us to the hotel for about 6 (for both of us). On leaving we decided to go by metro and airport bus - no hassle, dead easy and a ridiculous 24p each! If anyone wants more details of all we did please email me - only too happy to help. We have had a great year for travelling - as well as Prague there was our fabulous family holiday to NYC and California which I fully intend to write up (my first NY resolution!) as well as The Gambia (W Africa) last Easter. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year from a frosty, sunny Somerset in the UK Sally