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78 - Mostly Sunny City: Prague, Czech Republic Hotel: Marriott Flora
Transport: Train and Metro
- Events of the Day
Spa and USSR remnant day. Departed Stadt Wehlen for a quick 17
minute regional train trip to Bad Schandau - required visit of the
Tuscana Thermal spa. The two hour visit to the pool complex
located directly on the Elbe river was an actual vacation rest and
recovery. As always for a German complex, it was full service
with restaurant and multiple pool configurations, including an overhead
light show and underwater sound system. Rates were very reasonable
(14 Euros/2 hours, 24 Euros/All Day) and included a RF chip wristband for
operating the locker and charging any restaurant orders. Sure was
hard to return to the train.
10 minutes from Bad Schandau was the Czech Republic border - Welcome to
remnants of the USSR government. Replacing the German side of
national forests were smoke stack factories and concrete based apartment
buildings. After the 1' 45" train ride, we arrived in the main
station - in the process of being restored. The Belle Epoque type
building was covered in soot and most of the stain glass has lost it's
luster. However, the potential is ready to shine again.
of the easy travel segments within Prague is their Metro system - color
coded with simple line names: A, B, C, or D. Each car has
station name displays and was extremely helpful since pronouncement was
not an option. Escalators at the stations were "ludicrous" speed
- moving full traffic lines quickly. Tickets were priced at 90 minutes
($1.85) or short term 30 minutes ($1.10).
Metro Flora stop is integrated with a new multi story mall - including
an IMAX movie theater. Located across the street from a mall
exit was the Marriott Flora. Checked in, returned to the mall for
an outstanding calzone and pizza dinner, and retired for the evening.
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