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Our man in Prague: day two
1st Nov 2011 by Travelsphere
<p >Our website developer Steve Brewster is in the Czech Republic to find out what happens on a Travelsphere holiday. Today he takes a tour of the city and a cruise on the river Vltava.
City tour and Vltava river cruise
Our day began with our tour manager Jana taking us on a tour of Prague. We started at Wenceslas Square, then made our way through the Old Town and Jewish Quarter to the Charles Bridge. The town boasts many beautiful architectural features: from gothic and baroque churches to the neo-classical and art nouveau town houses. At every step of the way Jana demonstrated her dry sense of humour, leading the group on with her inflatable mallet. This seemed quite bizarre to begin with but it certainly made her stand out on the streets. Her friendly and quirky personality has already made her a big hit with group. As well as providing us with interesting facts and information about the town, she has gone out of her way to help members of the group find operas, concerts and other activities to enjoy during their free evenings.
By lunchtime we arrived at the banks of the Vltava, where our chartered boat was waiting to take us on a cruise along the river and network of canals. By this point the group was becoming quite comfortable with each other and we all chatted happily about our experiences so far over a buffet lunch. Jana once again provided us with an excellent and humorous commentary on the sites we passed and encouraged us on to the main deck. From there, we were able to get a better view of the castle, parliamentary building and other sites.
Back on dry land we had around two hours to explore on our own and buy souvenirs before a short coach trip back to the hotel.
Our evening entertainment consisted of a Bohemian and Moravian folk music festival, featuring singing and dancing by local performers. The coach took us to a large hall, where we mingled with another four or five tour groups similar to our own, swapping stories and enjoying a number of traditional Czech dishes and drinks. The evening was a huge success, with everyone smiling and having fun. At numerous points in the proceedings we were encouraged to join in with the singing, and several people - including at least two from our own group - were chosen to learn some traditional dances.
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