My hotel is well placed for the normal tourist areas, though this also means it can be hard to move off the track and make back street discoveries. Continue reading
My hotel, Perla Hotel, is well appointed and comfortable (it was recommended to me). So post a large buffet style breakfast I’m now planning my day out. Looks, on paper at least, like there could be a fair bit of walking, and that’s without crossing the river (I might do Charles Bridge or I might leave that till Sunday when I may head over to the Castle and Cathedral.
More to follow, though photos will probably just be a link through to an online gallery (might not be Photobucket this time due to their changes).
I fancied some Czech food but was all too aware that many of the places around here are for tourists, regardless of their scores on TripAdvisor, so I pinged a friend I will be meeting up with on Saturday. Potrefena Husa was his response, a ‘gastro’ pub chain owned by the Staropramen brewery.
Well that was an easy flight. Took off on time, landed on time, quickly through the airport and simple travel to the Old City
I didn’t quite realise it had actually been five years since I last traveled, but finally I now start to write in the BA lounge at Heathrow while waiting for my target gate to open (which it is about to do) before I wander down to catch my flight to Prague.
You may have noticed a second category on the menu bar to the left – Travel, plus non-pen related posts from five years ago and further back in time. This blog was originally to document my travels for family and friends and previously was hosted on LiveJournal (which looked like it was going to close a few years back). Well in a number of weekends time I’ll be off on my travels for the first time in a while, to Prague, so expect a change in pace, style, and content in my posts for a period.
This might surprise people considering how often I’ve done it. I don’t actually like long distance flying. It’s not a fear thing or cabin fever. It’s not other passengers who’ve hit the booze too hard (as almost happened on my trip out) or screeming babies (as happened on my flight back). It’s the fact I just can’t sleep on planes, which can make me grumpy, and this flight was just typical. I did try to sleep, even spent an hour trying to relax to soft music (Brian Eno’s Music for Airports 1), but all that happened was I got a sore shoulder and felt even more tired. Still aside from the lack of sleep and the crying/screaming kid (who quietened down after about half an hour then only became a nightmare over short periods towards the end) it was a pretty uneventful trip. Still could have been worse. Was sitting next to a girl who works for DFID. She’d come from Vietnam (though with a 2 day stop over in HK on the way back, not the way there) and was heading back to her present base, Sierra Leone via Heathrow.. Continue reading
An interesting an busy day lay ahead of me. I wanted to buy some snackage for my family, maybe head back to Wong Wa street to see if one shop was open and also to see if I could find a cafe that’s rated as one of the top places for dim sum in HK, then collect my new and adjusted suits and hea to the airport. Continue reading
Earlier rise planned due to the possibility of meeting up with Pak and his father for lunch – they have a mid-afternoon familly bash they would have to get to, except, due to unforseen circumstances they could not make it. This meant I had more time to try and find some where to buy post cards before going to lunch. I failed. Continue reading