Timberwolves Europe 2013. PRG-FRA-CHI-DEN. “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane…” 18 May.


Prague is a city of fairy tale architecture. Lots of pointy spires. Lots of EVERYTHING.


There is a fair amount of interior and exterior Art Nouveau, one of my favorite artistic styles.


All this is food for future posts of present past.

Because we are flying free business and first class on our return, thanks to m’lady’s hard-earned but soon-to-be-lost-in-retirement travel perks, we are in the business lounge at the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague.


The executive suite on the executive floor at the Hilton Old Town Prague was free. Zip, zero, nada, other than the mega- hotel points hard-earned from m’lady’s weeks on the road (40-45/year). Free internet (we’ve been paying $10-15/day at other hotels on this trip when we want it). Free access to the executive lounge with free breakfast, drinks and snacks from early to late. The hotel gave us sack breakfasts (croissant, sandwich, sweets, banana, apple, juice, milk, and water in each) to carry to the airport because we were leaving early. Free.

We opted for the hotel car to the airport, a Mercedes sedan costing about $10-12 more on our credit card than a taxi (a lot of which are Mercedes also) plus tip. (City taxis can be a rip-off, as we found on the short arrival ride from the train station to the hotel. That’s another story.) We left the hotel about 6:30am for our 10:10am flight. We did the 20-minute ride and were checked-in and fast-tracked thru security because of business class by 7:20. The huge and modern airport was very uncrowded this early on a Saturday. Works for me.

We are going to miss those perks.


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3 Responses to Timberwolves Europe 2013. PRG-FRA-CHI-DEN. “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane…” 18 May.

  1. caguillo says:

    Oh, John! Your whole trip sounds amazing. I was in Prague for the first time in February. Very cold, but very beautiful and intriguing. Yes, those taxis in Prague can be an issue. I almost always book a private or shared shuttle for airport transfers. So worth it. Travel safe! — Your neighbor

    • JohnRH says:

      Hi Caron. Good to hear from you. We had a much better value taking the hotel car from the Hilton Old Town to the airport than the taxi from the train station to the hotel one mile away. We took the #8 tram from Nametsti Republiky to catch the #22 in Malostranske Nametsti up to Prasny Most to walk past the Summer Palace and into Prague Castle just in time, by chance, to see the guard change at the north gate. I think a 90 min. tram tkt was 32 CKr or about $1.50. We had a great time.

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