My last trip was to Prague which was a personal vacation with my daughter and niece, also known as double trouble! My visa experience was really tough and I was highly skeptical about my choice of vacation. But I have to say the city treated me and the kids with much kindness and I am keen to go back again! Prague is the place where I fell in love with trams! A lot of travel has been happening this year which makes me happy, But a lot less blogging has happened which makes me sad. I was actually blogging more regularly when I used to work full time as then my leaves were limited and I always found time for blogging when I was home! I have to learn to find the balance. But this post is about trams in Prague, so I move on!
There are many things in the beautiful city of Prague that you could fall in love with, but I fell for the red trams! I am a metro (underground) person actually but Prague has both, metros and trams. And trams won on this trip.
I stayed in what is known as Praha 1. It is the historical region in Prague with many attractions like the Charles Bride, Astronomical Clock, the Prague Castle, etc. The tram stop and the metro station of Namesti Republiky were a few minutes walk from our hotel, Astoria Prague.
Actually one of the first things I did was to get a data card so that I could use Google Maps to get around the city. Vodafone gave me a good deal, I had 1.5 GB data for 400 koruna and it was more than enough was 4 days! In the hotel I was using the WiFi. If you buy a Prague Card you can use all public transport till your card is valid. Armed with the Prague Card and Google Maps I was ready to explore the city! I now have Delhi Metro, Bangkok MRT, Dubai Metro, Singapore MRT and Prague Card in my collection.
On our first venture we took the metro! The underground is really deep and the girls were giggling nervously on the escalators. There were a lot of runners out in the city that day as a half marathon was happening! I asked one of them about directions. He mentioned that I could have taken the tram too. We eventually reached the Charles Bridge (Pražský Most) using the underground but after that we always took the tram.
Tram 15 was our best friend which took us to Staromestska Republiky and to Cechuv Most, two of our favorite places. Staromestska Republiky was close to the Charles Bridge where we used to hang out a lot. And Cehuv Most was just a hop away from Lenta Park (Letenské Sady) which gives a fantastic view of the city. The girls loved the park! We occasionally took Trams 22 and 23 too.
The sight of the red tram chugging along the scenic routes was a pleasure in itself. What added to the charm was the honor system. There is no ticket checking on the public transport. You are supposed to buy a ticket. I read that there could be inspections but I never saw one in all of my five days!
So after my trip to Prague I have added trams to my list of favorites along with the metro rides!
Pang Ladakh brings back such strong memories. When we went on the Ladakh trip I had little idea what the road journey would be like. We started at 3.00 am, an obscene hour to be awake at, if you ask me, from Manali. Pang was the lunch spot. I was so tired and zonked in the shared jeep beyond care. Pang was a place where we found food tents, on the way from Manali to Ladakh. After 300 km of jeep ride, we definitely were hungry but there were 150 km to go after this spot to reach Leh in Ladakh finally.
As I take a motion sickness tablet on the mountain roads I was even more zonked than it is possible. The tablet induces sleep. While it is good that I do not vomit, I also end up missing all the views as well.
The good bit was that the tents offered food. Many people make a night stop at Sarchu or Pang but we were on a canon ball run, straight from Manali to Leh. I am still not sure which a better way to travel to Leh, the canon ball run or the one with a break in between. With the canon ball run you reach somewhere the same day. With a break (which we did for the return journey) you spend two days on the same killing roads.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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