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Today we were going to book a free walking tour but, after bumping into a segway tour person, changed our minds and booked a segway tour instead. We then headed over to the astronomical clock, counted down as it reached the hour mark and watched it as it completed it's hourly display. It was installed in 1410 making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world. Death, represented by a skeleton, rings a bell and the other characters move their heads from side to side signifying their unreadiness to go. Two small doors open and the twelve apostles march past the door. We were told a story that the clock maker was asked to build another clock bigger and better by a king of another country and the Czech royalty heard of it. They then had his eyes put out so he could not build another clock and as revenge he went back and messed with the mechanism which stopped the clock from working. It took 1000 years before someone fixed it.
As our segway tour wasn't meant to start for a couple of hours we scanned the area for a place to get brunch and checked out the street food stalls before deciding on one that was selling a potato, ham and sauerkraut dish, mild type of bratwurst and hunks of ham. Prices were shown per 100 grams and looked pretty cheap however as I waited I watched the look of surprise on customer after customers face when the bill came to just shy of 1000 Korunas which is approx $60 NZ. I also saw how much people were throwing out as they were getting so much so I asked for 200 grams of the potato concoction to which the reply was "We only sell a serve. It is neither big nor small, it is just a serve". So I got one bowl instead of two and didn't bother with the huge hunk (serve) of ham as that was where a lot of people where getting fleeced. These street sellers were cleaning up!!!
We stood at a table and ate our food while homeless people searched the bins recovering hunks of ham etc. We didn't quite finish ours so I offered it to one of the more polite homeless guys who was chuffed... especially so when I offered him the rest of my beer.

As it was supposed to rain in the next couple of hours and we still had some time we went for a small twenty minute tour in a horse drawn carriage enjoying the old town city scape to the clip clop of the horses hooves which echoed down cobbled streets.
We arrived back at the main square in perfect time to meet the guy and begin our tour. After a few runs up and back on the segway we were all good to go. We headed out around the old part of the city stopping off here and there to admire the views and learn more of the local history as well as a few local legends. We stopped off at a local monastery which had made beer for the Czech royal family and tried some of their beer before heading back again. By the time we got back Louise and I were rather proficient at using our segways.
After a bit more of a peruse of the town we began a search for some of the local foods stopping at a bar. I ordered smoked ribs and Louise got wings with chips. The food was average to say the the least and the funniest part was that Louise got her chicken wings served on top of a bowl of salted plain potato chips/crisps ... i.e eta potato chips, not french fries as thought. On top of average food we once again enjoyed the familiar smells of stagnant sewerage with a dash of rotting corpse thrown in much like the wafts we had smelt in Russia which helped make our average dinner that much better...

Posted by loueeezo 14:05 Archived in Czech Republic

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