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Trip Report Autumn in Austria & the Czech Republic - October 1st - 17th, 2010

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We began planning our 17 day trip to Austria and the Czech Republic more than a year ago. Our friends from Oklahoma, L & S, decided to join us, and so we began the planning. We booked our AA flights with miles, 330 days out in order to get the flights we wanted. As we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary this year, we decided to splurge and book Business class tickets going over – but booked tourist class tickets coming home. We flew from our small airport, ACT, to DFW, to LHR to Prague. Coming home, we flew Vienna to LHR to DFW to ACT. We had long layovers at DFW, and medium long layovers at LHR. We enjoyed the Admirals Club at DFW on the way over as well as the British Airways Lounge at LHR. We met our friends at LHR and flew together on to Prague. We had booked an apartment with Prague-stay in Prague (more on that later) and they sent a car with driver to pick us up at the airport. It seemed like a good deal – 25€ for the four of us with our luggage, but even though they were aware of the size of our party, they sent a small car to pick us up. It was a very uncomfortable ride with five people and all the luggage. Glad it wasn’t a long ride into Prague. Next time I would book with one of the transfer services such as Prague Airport Shuttle (www.prague-airport-shuttle.com).

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We arrived on time in Prague, found the driver, and went to our apartment which was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, kitchen/dining/living room. One bedroom and bath and small loft living area were upstairs, the rest downstairs. The apartment representative met us outside the apartment. There was a short flight of stairs up to the elevator, then another short flight of stairs from the elevator up to our apartment. The biggest difficulty was in going in and out. There were three keys – one to the outside door of the apartment building – which had to be unlocked and then locked from the inside. Up the stairs to the elevator – a magnet unlocked the elevator – up the next flight of stairs to another door which had to be unlocked and then relocked on the inside. Finally, yet another key, unlocked the apartment door which also had to be relocked from the inside. So three sets of locks to be unlocked and relocked every time we went in and out – plus the elevator. This was the greatest negative to the apartment. However, the location was wonderful – just a few steps from the Old Town Center and all the restaurants, shopping, etc.

Also, the apartment was very clean and very spacious. It had a washer and a drying rack which came in handy. It also had wi-fi which worked part of the time. The young lady who met us with all the keys, paperwork, etc., didn’t know much about the apartment itself. She didn’t know how to work the washer (which is always a huge problem), didn’t know how to turn on the radiators or much about the wi-fi. She was very nice and spoke good English which made us more accepting of the other things. The price was great – we paid 122€ a night for four nights which was split between the two couples. It was nice to have the kitchen and nice to have all the room to spread out and relax. It was great to be so close to everything. So, in the end, we would probably stay here again as the positives far outweighed the negatives. www.prague-stay.com Apartment U Dvou Velbloudu, Apt. C.

We spent 3-l/2 days and four nights in Prague. We did the general sightseeing – Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, and Prague Castle. The men took a day trip to Terezin Concentration Camp while the women shopped. We had good food and good weather. We thought that the buildings in Prague were the most beautiful we have ever seen. Just unbelievable how many beautiful buildings in one city. We had booked Prague Airport Shuttle to take us from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. This worked out great – Chris picked us up on time and drove us to our hotel in Cesky K. The price was 3200 CZ for the four of us (which was about $180). We were picked up in a van which had ample room for the four of us and our luggage. It made the 2 l/2 hour trip very enjoyable.

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