21.06.2011 - 21.06.2011 20 °C
I was woken at about 2:30am today, by rather disruptive dorm room mates - seriously, some consideration for those of us who are now 30 and maybe not drink until somewhere between 2 and 5am each night until we can't even find our own bunk (ok maybe I would do that occasionally but hey, this is not the point!). Seriously couldn't get back to sleep so headed out for a walk at 4:30am. It is pretty light here from that time so wasn't so much a problem in terms of that.
What this did allow me was the joy of the Charles Bridge with only maybe 4 or 5 people on it, all hanging SLR cameras around their neck (and all carrying tripods with the excpetion of me). What it did get me was some awesome photos of the bridge not covered in tourists or vendors hawking items or potraits. It was quite special. Weather wasn't great but didn't seem to matter. Spent about 40 minutes on the bridge and then over in Mala Strana then in the old town square. I was also incredibly lucky not to slip on the damp cobblestones - for those who know me - this isn't outside the realm of possibility. I have been known to be accident prone to to the max.
Weather threatened in the morning so headed back to the hostel for a bit before deciding to brave it to go buy my ticket out of Prague, ballet tickets and maybe see the castle. Train tix was a goer - I now have my ticket for the next leg of my holiday. I was planning on walking down to the State Opera House but it started absolutely bucketing down with rain so did the metro thing instead and ended up only a little bit wet to buy a ticket that evening to Giselle, the ballet. It was raining so hard I just headed back to the hostel for a cat nap and some photo uploading.
Fortunately early in the afternoon the weather cleared and I headed up to Prague Castle by tram (figured tram up walk down was a good theory and it ended up ringing true).
Prague Castle is a large complex with gardens, many buildings and the very beautiful St Vitus Cathedral with it's iconic spires in the Prague skyline. Having been in the castle back in 2003 I settled for wandeing around the buildings and gardens and going into St Vitus. Most special was the amazing views from the Terrace Gardens across Prague. Breathtaking.
Wandering back down through Mala Strana and slowly back to the hostel was a challenge.
In preparation for the ballet I got 'dressed up' in my best clothes (that I have away). And make-up - really it was a task for the travelling light. I maay have a photo to prove I didn't wear jeans and runners which have been and will be my standard fare this trip. Anyway, I was lucky enough to have a box to myself at the beautiful Prague State Opera Theatre. The ballet was Giselle, and other than losing the plot a little in the second act, I enjoyed it. The stunning theatre just added to the atmosphere. Tell you what though, not a chance that I could afford a box to the ballet or opera in Australia - approximately $20 was a BARGAIN.
A walk down Wenceslas Square at sunset and few drinks back at the hostel capped off a great day.