Prague We were fortunate to have visited
Prague in 1996 before the big boom in tourism. As it were our visit
coincided with a Michael Jackson concert (not our plan), and every hotel was booked. But we discovered a happy
solution to accommodations. A lady approached us at the train station
with an offer to rent us an apartment. It turned out to be a large
apartment - much more than we needed, in a good location (next to the Jewish
district), and cheap. Besides the castle and Charles Bridge, which everyone must
do, we did the following. Looked for the "NO RUSSIAN TANKS" sign at
Wenceslas Square - its small so you may need a local to point it out. Took the #17 and #22 trams - doesn't matter where. Bought some bread,
cheese, and wine at the Javelska open market to take to a bench on the river.
We found wonderful places for dinner. All the
following are in the old town. The list was made in 1996. Since
the flood of 2002, we can't be certain how many survived.U Stralete Baby Restraurance a Pivnice at Na Kampe 15.
$$Rybi restaurance u Betlemske kaple at Betlemske
nam 2. We did this twice and would have returned again if we had more
time. Dining on the patio and underground. [** $$]Snack u Kiliana on Vsehrdova 13 is a lovely place in the
Kampa neighborhood which is an interesting neighborhood for a stroll both in day
and night. The restaurant is 1st level and underground. We also did this place
twice and wished we had time to return again. $$
Budapest We did Budapest after
Prague. Much to see here but don't have the time to write it up except
for this one item:
MarXim pizza is an out of the way little place to have a slice of Gulag or Marximalis pizza in honor of the comrades that used to run the place.