Day 3 (Afternoon-Night)
After depositing our coats at the hostel, we set out again, this time in search of lunch. We walked across the Charles Bridge and eventually wound up at a pizzeria located across from the Hotel U Zlateho Stromu restaurant. I got a spinach and cheese pizza. The crust was similar to foccacia bread, with light sauce and chunks of spinach and cheese.
After eating, we went to check on prices for boat tours and ended up purchasing tickets. While waiting in line, Al turned to us asking, “Do any of you girls get seasick?” We all glanced at each other, each of us turning back to say, “No, why?” “Well, I do,” he replied. We found this quite amusing, although we worried that us going on a boat ride might cause him problems. He said he’d be fine, and soon we were ushered onto a boat. We were the last few people to get on the boat. Each bench held two people, so BreAnna and Eliza sat together on one bench. Al and I sat upon another bench across the aisle, facing the opposite direction. It was a 45 minute boat tour with drinks and ice cream or bread. The tour guide gave us historical information, told tales of the river freezing, and talked about the Charles Bridge. At one point during the ride we passed near a small metal bridge covered in locks. Lovers carve their names on a lock, attach the lock to a bridge or metal gate, and then throw away the key, signifying love forever. I mentioned seeing a similar lock-filled gate in Paige. The guide smiled and asked if Al and I had a lock up on the gate. I laughed and told the guide we’d only just met a day earlier.
When we finished the boat tour we walked back to our hostel. We sat and talked for a bit, then BreAnna, Eliza and I headed out for the night. We invited Al to join us, but he had a previous engagement. Eliza wanted to see a building called “The Dancing House.” No, the building is not a huge 24-hour party building. The name comes from the unusual architecture of the building, giving rhythm to the building.
After snapping night photos, we found a restaurant that our boat guide had indicated as a good inexpensive place for dinner. The restaurant was a boat sitting on the water, and even though we didn’t get seats near the window, we still enjoyed the food. When we got back to the hostel, we met our new bunk mates. They weren’t sure of the sights, so I gave them our itinerary and a map. I loved chatting with the girls, but they needed sleep and I needed sleep. I hope they enjoyed their Prague trip as much as we did.