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Published: April 7th 2008
Day 6: Wednesday 26 September 2007
Gingerbread and Brandy!
Wake up Call: 6:30am Bags and Breaky: 7:15am leave 8am
Breakfast was basic. When they ran out of food they took forever to replace it. I had egg and lovely ham, then a roll with a “Brunch” spread (Cheese and Onion)
We drove a short distance to the Old Bridge and went for a 20 minute stroll. The view was picturesque. The water was rushing over the rocks. The statues were lovely. It was very foggy and very chilly. I saw that it was going to be around 13 degrees. It looked like a lovely little town.
Back in the bus and on the road to Nurnberg. The town square was delightful. Gary said that the Nazi parade grounds are not worth visiting when you have limited time. We arrived in Nuremberg and had about an hour and a half to stroll through the markets. Nuremberg is famous for its gingerbread. They had all sorts of varieties. I bought the girls a large heart and chocolate coated with hundreds and thousands. We had some famous Nuremberg brackwurst. The rolls were lovely and crunchy and warm. The roses at the
stalls were spectacular. I bought some gingerbread cutters from a stall that had more sorts than you can imagine. This was a lovely town to spend time in. I grabbed some marzipan for the bus. Rob went off on his own little food journey.
Back on the bus and off at 12pm. Gary spent most of the trip discussing optionals. It is very exciting how he has organised it.He has combined some of the great ones. I’m really looking forward to Tuscany. I’m enjoying the feel of this tour. I can’t believe we’ve only been together for a few days. You really do become one big family. Gary is just a wealth of information. It’s impossible to take it all in, but he amazes me. It’s interesting how he times everything to a t. He even plans what time we leave and coordinates it with how busy different roads in different cities will be at a given time. Especially if we are passing an airport. You would not be able to make a trip run as smoothly on your own.
Near the frontier, we were pulled over by German Customs. After about ½ an hour of “discussion” we
were fined for ‘paperwork infringements’. Seems there was confusion. Shortly after we crossed the border with little delay. We stopped at a Shell for a snack and a free pee. We converted a small amount of money and had great ‘fun’ trying to work out the rates. It was about 2 hours to Prague. You could see deer in the forest line. I bought James some Smurf marshmallows.
We arrived at the Diplomat hotel at around 5pm. It was a very pleasant hotel but outside the historical centre. Buses cannot enter the centre. We had a lovely buffet dinner at 6pm. The range was amazing and the dining hall huge. The buffet had lovely crunchy balls of duchess potato The desserts were to die for. You couldn’t fit them all in unfortunately.
The rooms are lovely. I did some washing which dried very quickly thanks to HOT rooms.
We met at 7:45pm to do our optional Romantic Prague at Night. Lucia was our guide. She was a very sweet and cute girl. She explained a lot about the history of Prague as we walked toward the monastery. The view from here at night is awesome. Then we took a mini train through the beautiful cobbled streets of the ‘old town’. These streets are the nicest cobble I’ve seen. We hopped on our boat at the pier and had a lovely cruise along the ---------- river.
We all had a shot of Brandy as our “welcome drink” as well as many of our fellow travellers welcome drinks! We sat and listened to the accordion player and looked at the glorious lit buildings. The highlight was cruising under the Charles Bridge. We arrived back at the hotel at around 10:30am.
A very pleasant night out.
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