My last day in Prague and the last day of the trip was also a full day hanging out with my folks. And I didn’t mind one bit. Yup, really the only reason I ended up in Prague was that my parents were going to be here. At this point, it was great to have someone to talk to and share stories with.
Started off the day showing them the ropes, i.e. where the local Starbucks were. Survival strategies and all. Then I joined their tour group. Completely different than what I was used to but their guide shared lots of the history of Prague I hadn’t known about. The tour made it all the way to the famous Charles Bridge before heading back. I knew a few of them wanted to get to the Prague Castle later on so we’d head back that way in the afternoon.
As my mom and my aunt and uncle ended up taking the shuttle up to the top of Prague Castle I had a rule, walk everywhere. So I did, giving myself a bit of a lead I figured I’d beat them up there no problem. Seeing how they were with a tour group I knew they couldn’t wait for me to arrive anyways. Little did I know that Nike’s We Run Prague 10km race (http://www.nikerunprague.cz/) had just started. It seemed impossible for me to cross the thousands of people running in this event. And the fence separating runners and spectators did not help matters. About 1km down the road I found a break in the fence. I watched the cop who was watching the spectators and when he wasn’t looking… I joined the race. Yup, thank god I was wearing my Nike’s. With a full bag of camera gear strapped to my back, and camera in hand, yours truly ran for about 100-200m weaving in and out of the runners. Note: they were all in white and I stood out like a sore thumb. And I got looks. It took me about 20 seconds to get to the other side where I had to hurdle the fence and blend in with the spectators. Even with the delay, I still beat my folks to the top by 15 minutes.
We toured around much of the same parts I had done before, watching a thief get run down by a castle guard (seriously those guys, even in dress shoes, really haul ass). It was awesome to watch. Sadly, the thief threw whatever he had stolen over the edge of the bridge we were on. We watched the changing of the guard, while simpler than Stockholms, the guards really scared the crap out of you. I then took us all back down the way I came up, all those stairs. Best workout of the vacation. Before meeting up with everyone we enjoyed one last pint (Krusovice) as it had warmed up to a comfortable 30C (+humidity).
That evening we went for a very nice italian dinner at a restaurant my parent’s tour guide suggested during the day. It really was a great way to end a vacation abroad. I started and ended it with family.
And that’s it folks, that’s my vacation. It’s tough to finish all of this after such a great trip. I only want to travel and photograph more as a result so you can count on more adventures in the near future. Some of them will be big, some just quick weekend getaways. All photographed in the same manner. Til then.