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Our man in Prague: day one
31st Oct 2011 by Travelsphere
Our website developer Steve Brewster travels to the capital of the Czech Republic to experience a Travelsphere holiday for himself.
I'm not really a morning person so getting up at 4am is never an easy thing. Thankfully I was able to take a short nap in the car on the way to Stansted. Don't worry, though - I wasn't the one driving!
We had already checked in online so when we arrived all we had to was check our bags in at the easyJet kiosk, print our boarding passes and pass through security: an easy enough process, you might think, but it never works out that way for me. First, something went beep as I passed through the metal detectors so I was questioned and patted down but they never did find what it was. Then I had something in my carry-on bag that the staff didn't like - I was pulled aside and searched again only to have my can of deodorant confiscated.
We finally made it through to the secure zone at about 5.30am and found a nice little place to have a full English breakfast before heading to our gate with plenty of time to spare.
The hour-and-a-half flight itself was straightforward. The staff were helpful and cheerful, bringing round drinks, food and magazines for purchase and generally helping wherever they could. We sat by the wing of the plane as I always like to watch with awed fascination as all the little flaps and mechanisms go to work. There is something very magical and very wrong about something as big and heavy as a plane being able to actually take off!
We finally landed in a rather foggy Prague at around 10am local time, collected our luggage and passed through arrivals to find our tour manager Jana waiting to welcome us all with a smile.
Once all passengers had been accounted for we were escorted to our coach and set off for the hotel. During the trip Jana gave us a friendly and witty introduction to Prague and outlined our itinerary for the next few days.
It was obvious from the cheerful but tired atmosphere on the coach that my 20-odd fellow travelers - mostly couples - had been awake at least as long as we had. After Jana checked us all in at the hotel the group dispersed to get some much-needed food and sleep. We had a fantastic meal at an authentic little pizzeria opposite the hotel, where starters, drinks and mains for two came to around £17.
It had been said to me that Prague is at its best at night and it certainly did not disappoint. After a short nap to recover from the day's travels we decided to make the 20-minute walk into the town centre using a map from the hotel as our guide. Quite by chance we found ourselves in the Old Town Square, next to the Astronomical Clock, where a crowd had gathered to watch as the clock struck 10pm. Afterwards, we found an Italian restaurant at the side of the square and enjoyed a delicious meal under the warmth of their patio heaters.
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