Archive for July, 2012

Prague In Pictures

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

We loved Prague, it was so beautiful, I thought  pictures would showcase it best.

Departual and Arrival

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

After rushing out of downtown London (you don’t rush the tube), back to our hotel, grabbing our suitcases and rushing back to the tube (Tim almost falling down the stairs carrying both heavy suitcases) we made it to the Heathrow Airport. As I went through the scanner at security, of course I set it off so I had to go through the full body scanner which I lit up like a Christmas tree. I then got to be a lot more intimate with the security lady than I really wanted to be and she still didn’t find anything, so I now get the wand. This still shows lots of hot spots, one of them on my bare calf that she can she see. She still gave it a through pat down and finally gave me the green light. Checking in, put us in a room, which a bus pulled up to and took us to our airplane and there we sat for an hour because of stormy weather.
We arrived in Prague to a beautiful, new, entirely empty, airport. Going through customs I’m sure that the customs guys previous job had been head death pronouncer with the Communist regime, I have not seen such a stern scary man. We collected our luggage and headed out to meet our driver, so cool to be the cool ones with a driver waiting there with a card with your name on it. Unfortunately our driver must have worked side by side with the customs dude for the communist death squad, not a smile and hardly a word. Our drive took us through this totally isolated, wooded area with not a soul in site. The Czech radio announcer is blaring and then an English pop song comes on, weird.
We had to ring the bell at the hotel and as we are waiting for the door to be opened I look up and see the biggest spider that I have ever seen, actually quite a few, I’m feeling a little like it is time to go home about now. We arrive safely in our non air-contitioned room with an open window.
Me, “There’s a screen in that right?” Tim checks, “Of course”. Next morning, Tim “Oh, I guess there isn’t a screen here.” Oh well it was stifling, and we only had a fan.
Welcome to Prague.

Whirlwind London

Monday, July 9th, 2012

We landed in London at 8:15 am local time and took 2 buses to make it to our hotel.  Although we hadn’t slept in almost 24 hours we hit the ground running.  The Waltons got these little pills (No Jet Lag) and I really think they helped.  We hoped on the tube and headed downtown to  met Jamie and Jason in front of Big Ben, I can’t believe that plan actually worked, there were lots of little patches of green, it would have been easy to miss them and no way to communicate.  We started our English experience in a pub eating traditional fish and chips for lunch.  It was kind of the first one we saw and was maybe a little pricier than most we saw later which took Timothy a few hours to get over.  We signed up for a red double decker bus tour which took us by all the main tourist attractions.

We ended our tour with a boat tour thingy up the River Thames which was kind of cool.  I was in some serious need of a Diet Coke and chocolate so we made a stop at the Boots Drugstore to stock up.  Lots more walking and seeing followed, at which Jamie and Jason decided to leave us to go back and do laundry (us or laundry, I guess we lost) and we decided to keep do some more walking.  It was a beautiful evening and there were throngs of people out enjoying it.  It was so crowded already, I can’t imagine what it will be like during the Olympics.  We finally headed home on the tube and hit the hay some 32 or so hours later.  I hadn’t thought I was too tired until I did the fall asleep head jerk on the tube and saw the girl across from me  quickly look away.  We woke up to rain showers the next day but headed out to meet Jamie and Jason again at St Peters, and went to Victoria and Albert Museum.  We decided to go to Harrods for lunch and I picked out this lovely salmon pastry thing, Jamie and Jason got chicken on skewers and after purchasing we found they were cold; you were supposed to take them home to heat up.  Tim wasn’t quite so dumb.  We ate our cold lunch ( it had been cooked) on a wet bench in the rain.  Jamie and Jason had already been to the Tower of London so they went to use their last day and we still had a few hours before we had to go back to catch our plane so we took the tube over to the Tower where the sun decided to join us again and plunked down the big bucks and did a very quick tour.  We managed to pack a lot of sight seeing into 2 short days but it was great and well worth touching down in jolly old England on our way to Prague.