- Posted January 20, 2013 by
Malostrana, Prague, Czech Republic
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Snowbirds arrive in Prague for 2013 Tour Season
Iit's been a week since the Christmas holiday crowd vanished with the dismantlement of the Christmas Market on Stare Mesto namesti or Old Town Square, but already they are here, waddling up streets in droves like swaddled ducks in padded winter jackets and blocking the crosswalks, intersections, escalators and public walkways. Tuorist season has begun. You wouldn't know it by the weather, but all other signs point to it—just no Segways running loose yet to run down an unwary pedestrian.
Although Kampa Park is largely deserted, all but a lone dog playing in the snow with the shivering owner standing watch nearby, the tourists are there at the boat landing under the Charles Bridge awaiting their small charter to brave the icy wind. Too many to fit comfortably in the small cabin, about half climb to the upper deck to brave the wind.
A gaggle of tourists crowd the square under the Charles Bridge as their fearless leader leads them up onto the massive structure. The atisans are out with their wares in the subzero weather awaiting payment for frostbitten fingers.
Classic cherry red Skodaks line the street onto the Charles Bridge. Touring cars, they are open chassies. Drivers are waiting to take their clients ona breezy ride. The cars are appropriately stocked with seats covered in sheepskins with thermal blankets… I count four cars, an omen that tour season has officially opened while a tour guide stands in the middle of the street with a bright red umbrella embellished with bright national flags and clad in cherry red jacket.
It's -5 Celsius and the Snowbirds are here on an aborted migration to the South Pacific. They ar truly misguided, but with all the touring cars, buses and guides standing ready, they won't be disoriented for long.