Having woken at 8am on Sunday, we went down to breakfast, which was a help yourself continental buffet. It wasn't fancy, but it was fresh and filling, which is what we needed before venturing out into the freezing temperatures again!
We had decided to take the tram to the funicular railway as our first attracation to visit. This meant we had to get the metro first to the tram stop where we could catch the right tram! The transport map we had been given when we arrived was very good and using that and my Rough Guide map we didn't get lost at all! We had bought a travel pass when we arrived on the Saturday and this included all travel on trams, metro, buses and the funicular railway for the princely sum of £3.30 each for 24 hours, which was absolutely brilliant value for money as this also got us to and from the airport.
The entrance to go up to the top platform was shut, but Hugh found an alternative entrance (the down stairs!) which he suggested we walk up. I got up two more turns before I started to get acrophobia and had to rapidly make my way down again! Never mind, we had taken some wonderful photos.
Walking back to the railway to make our way down again we had to walk through the gardens, which were just like a scene from Narnia. We cleared the snow off the back of one of the benches and set up the self timer to take a photo of the two of us.
Our next adventure was to get back on the tram and to to Prague Castle. I was expecting great things here, but have to admit that I was a little disappointed. It was quite expensive to get in and several of the buildings were shut as they were filming in them or renovating them. We did get to see the old palace which was interesting and an exhibition of Prague Castle through the ages, which was fascinating. Wenceslas Cathedral was spectacular, but unless you paid extra, you could only go into the first half of it.
Feeling a bit let down, we made our way back, walking this time, to Charles Bridge to see it in daylight. During the day it is lined with artists and street entertainers, which made for a very different feeling as you walked along it.
Having warmed up we decided to have a walk to the Jewish Quarter. We wanted to have a look around the Jewish Cemetry which the Rough Guide said was free to go into. However, since the book was published things had obviously changed and you now have to pay, which is a shame. As the price was quite high and included the Synagogues as well and we didn't really have enough time left we had to miss out on these sights, which was a shame.
Our day was drawing to a close, so we made our way back to the hotel and came upon St Nicholas, an angel and the Devil as it was Mikulas Day.
There were loads of little children getting their presents from St Nicholas and telling him if they had been good this year. It was lovely to see and a lovely end to our time in Prague.
We returned to the hotel to collect our suitcase and then found a lovely little pizzeria to have our evening meal in.
However, Hugh and I really enjoyed our weekend away. It is a really nice start to Christmas for us and something which is now starting to become a bit of a tradition for us! Cologne last year, Prague this year - where next year? Any suggestions?