On the drive to Prague, we had planned a stop at a town called Tauber... Except we couldn't find it, because it's actually a river. so instead we decided to stop at a town called Tauberbischofsheim. Close enough!
Before we left Germany, we stopped to get some sweets for the car, as well as a maccies, which took 20 minutes to order! I guess they don't get many english speaking people around there.
The SatNav took us down a tiny street where roadworks promptly stopped us in our tracks. We found a short-term parking spot on the street opposite and went to find our hotel. The first hotel door we walked past had a butler holding the door, for obvious reasons we blanked the place as too posh for our price range we stuck to. A nice surprise then came our way - it was our hotel and we managed to get the room super cheap (usually €450 per night, eeekkk). The reception was dressed ceiling to floor with medieval equipment, flags and paintings. We had a room on the third floor, so we took the lift which can only be described as antique. It had a regular door that you pull open, lined with red carpet entirely, with just enough space inside for two people and their suitcases. It's fair to say there was an almighty grin on our faces when we walked into our room after the 'basic' hotel in Frankfurt!
When we got unpacked and settled in, we Skyped the parents to show off our room. Had a shower and headed to bed ready for our few days ahead in Prague!
After sleeping on a single pillow roughly the size of a human hair, we were rather tired. But still decided we should make the most of being in Prague and in the luxury of a hotel. And a nice hotel at that, we had our first breakfast and then Beth took the lead as she had been here before and showed Ben around the sights of Prague.
We first walked from the hotel through the park next door. This is where Ben met the creepy baby statues (Beth has been to Prague on a girls holiday a few years previous so knows the city and the 'sights' quite well). From the park and then over Charles Bridge into the main square in the old Jewish quarters. By this point it was 30 degree weather with a cloudless sky, so we decided to stop for drinks at the White Lion restaurant, had a good hour to people watch and listen to an awesome medieval folk band called the Bohemian Bards. Luckily for us, we picked a seat right opposite a golden statue man, who really was the worst statue imaginable! He could not keep still for more than a second or two, and watching him try to interact with the public was rather entertaining.
Soon after we started feeling hungry, so to go with our drinks we ordered some chips, which were delicious! And then Ben had another beer, of course. As we were finishing up our drinks and deciding what to do, Ben spotted a Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol art exhibition, Beth reluctantly agreed to go, not really knowing who or what these people did (apart from the iconic Dali painting with the barren landscape, bare trees and melting clocks).
The first floor we saw was the Dali exhibition. From the moment you stepped in to the moment you walked out, it was surrealism painting after surrealism painting. A surprising amount capturing Beth's eye and interest. There must have been hundreds of paintings, a lot were grouped together with similar themes.
NSFW Warning - Dali paintings get a bit strange... and rude! Be warned.
The second floor we arried at was the Warhol exhibition. Ben already knew some of his work from his very early computer experiments and iconic pop art. Beth found his work less impressive, possibly due to the fact that it can be so easily reproduced these days with a computer.
After this, we started making the long walk back to the hotel and have a well deserved break! After getting back to the hotel, we needed to find somewhere to eat, so we looked online at nearby restaraunts and found a nice Thai place called Noi. Ben had the red curry with chicken, and crispy chicken satay starter. Beth chose the Massaman Curry with singapore noodles and a mixed platter starter (thai prawn ball, chicken satay and a vegetable roll).
After a tiring day and a lovely meal, we headed back to the hotel again and went to bed, but not before attempting to Skype Beth's Aunty Hayley, Uncle Stu, Rach, Steve and the rest of the Foskett clan!