My last day in Prague/Travel to Vienna

Sunday, September 23, was my last day in Prague.  It was a cloudy day and since it was a Sunday, I didn’t feel real motivated to rush out.  I have had a full week of seeing the sights.  So, I updated this blog and by early afternoon, I was out the door.  I probably should have taken in the Cubist Museum that was raved about in the reviews of Prague, but I felt more like just wandering the streets and absorbing it for a final day.

I walked over to the train station to get orientated as to where to go on Monday when I left for Vienna.  From there, I walked down toward the Municipal Town Hall where I passed this beautiful Jewish temple.  and popped into a couple of the mall areas. I decided that I needed to buy a small hairdryer.  That accomplished, I continued wandering the streets towards the Old Jewish quarter on Josefov area of the old town.

There is a lovely cemetery and several temples that you can visit but the ticket is rather pricey and it was late in the afternoon, so I just wandered through the streets of that area.

I read about Cafe Ebel in my guidebook and decided to find it for a late afternoon coffee and treat.  It was a lovely little cafe tucked off a busy touristy street and a nice place to sit in the sun, people watching while sipping coffee and eating a piece of a czech treat, honey cake.  This was thin layers of cake and in between each layer, was a thin spread of cream cheese and honey (I am guessing).  The whole cake was covered in a crumb mixture what looked like graham crackers.  It was OK but not anything I would order again!

After my little treat, I found my way back to the Old Town Square and watched the Astronomical Clock on the hour to see if the rooster does crow.  I discovered that he does but don’t blink!  At this point, it was getting dusk and I was debating whether or not I should climb a tower to see Prague lit up at night.  The question….which tower?  I decided on the one in front of the Charles Bridge and paid the $4.00 to climb the 135 steps for the view.  It was pretty but my opinion, you could see as much of the lighted buildings on the ground.  Glad I did it as I always would have wondered if I missed anything special!

Wandering around the town today, was a nice way to end my walk down memory lane during this trip to Prague.

Good Bye Czech Republic!

Monday, September 24, I hopped the 10:42 train to Prague. I sat next to a couple from Quebec who are bicycling from Ulm, Germany along the Danube River to Budapest, Hungary.  They had taken a break and gone to Prague to visit a friend.  They said that it has been beautiful riding as there is a bike path the whole length of the Danube.  It sounds like a lovely trip and is well worth considering to do in the future!

I arrived 4 1/2  hours later, 3:20 in the afternoon in Vienna.  My contact for the small apartment I am renting gave me excellent directions to reach the building via the subway.  I walked right to it!  Dan was waiting for me and got me situated in my room.

I am near the West Train Station.  I arrived at the Meidling Station.  Being so close to the West Station is perfect as that is the station I am departing from on Friday for Salzburg!  After getting settled in my room, I went to the station and bought my ticket for Salzburg, got my sim card for my iphone, grabbed a mozzarella cheese and tomato sandwich and did my grocery shopping.  The evening ended with great phone visits with my dad, mom and sister, Kathy!

As I write this, it is Tuesday morning, September 25, my birthday.  I am going to sign off and go explore Vienna.  To celebrate, I am going to visit a coffee house and indulge in a wonderful cup of coffee and pastry!  Tally ho!

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