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Submerged in Western Europe

from Prague to Vienna

rain 13 °C

In Prague in the streaming rain, a sunny attitude still prevailed. Having walked from the station we arrived drenched and with a sense of irony at our boat hotel. The rest of the day was spent under umbrellas seeing the amazing and beautiful architecture and sampling the cheapest beer in Europe. Day 2 was no less wet, but we carried on regardless. A 3 hour walking tour with an animated and informative guide. He worked hard to make eye contact amongst the dipping umbrellas but gave us a fascinating historic overview of the town. Little did we realise as we listened to his stories the water levels were rising all around us. We were wet cold and hungry and Prague ham cooked on the spit in Wenceslas square(prime tourist area) seemed like such a good idea. Like all bad travel stories, in retrospect it is so clear what we should have done. So as Stewart stands in line to buy this delicious treat, 100 crowns (around $5) seemed reasonable. After minutes of animated discussion, Stewart motioned for more money, it eventuated that the slab of ham and one piece of rye bread cost the princely sum of $20 !! This was the first bad piece of bad luck. We had a giggle, realised that there were worse things, felt guilty about under tipping our walking guide (1/2 the price of the ham)and in the drizzling rain return to our hotel, looking forward to our dry room and a gin and tonic. Waltzing down to the dock we see the river, no boat, no restaurant, just the river. (No. 2. of bad luck comes in 3s) our Botel had been towed away and our luggage was waiting for us on the dock !
Actually as it transpired, we had dodged a bullet. The next morning leaving Prague, we heard that the old town was under water ! Little did we know that in another place the river was rising, though we were soon to find out about the flooding in Passau. Watching the news in the comfort of our Viennse hotel, we were concerned about the images of devastation in the Dannube valley and wondering how our train would get through to Scharding, our starting point for our cycle along the Danube. Now the final piece of bad luck, phone call to our tour company confirmed their agency and many of the hotels were under water. They said they couldn't transfer the luggage every day to which Stewart, 'it's a safety issue' Bell replied and ther will be no paths for us to ride. At this point we decided a week in Vienna eating cake and sipping coffee in the beautiful boulevards would be quite nice any way.

Posted by Pips trip 08:44 Archived in Czech Republic

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