Yesterday I posted a photo from my recent trip to see how many of you could guess where I went. Some of you were correct. We visited Prague for a few days last week. For years I had heard how beautiful the city is. Now I can officially report that people were not exaggerating. Prague is one of the most stunning cities I’ve visited.
Before I share more about Prague though, I want to talk about my taxi ride from the airport. Our plane was delayed. Not by much, but just enough for us to miss the last shuttle to our hotel. Instead we had to take a taxi. According to my guidebook, taxis are not plentiful and expensive in Prague. As we approached the taxi stand one was taking off with a customer. It was the only one. However, we were first in line. It was after 10pm and the temperature was dropping. No worries though since I had a warm jacket, a scarf, and gloves. I bundled up.
Ten minutes later, more people joined the taxi queue, but still no taxis appeared. The better half started talking to a gentleman standing in line behind us. I was getting pretty cold and slightly irritated so I didn’t pay much attention to the conversation.
Fifteen minutes later, a taxi showed up. That’s when I found out that the better half realized that the gentleman’s hotel was near us and we should share our taxi so the guy wouldn’t freeze for another thirty minutes waiting for the next one. I don’t usually advocate sharing a cab with a stranger. Yet I will tell you that this time it worked out for us.
I found out that the man is a financial backer of a movie being filmed in Prague. As I talked more with him he told me that movie is a Korean/US co-production titled The Last Knights starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. This certainly piqued my curiosity. As it turned out, he was in town initially to visit the set and to have a mini break, but one of the producers had to leave town for a week so he had to step in and act as the producer. They were filming during the nights and he would be outside all night long for several nights in Prague in December. Folks it gets cold in Prague.
When we arrived at our hotel, the gentleman was so appreciative that we shared a cab he insisted on paying for the entire fare. I was shocked. His only condition was that I go see the movie—he didn’t know at the time that I am a movie nut. I think the movie will be released in 2013 and I’m pretty sure I’ll see it.
Before I leave you today I would like to caution all of you about inviting strangers along for the ride. Yes it worked out for us, but be careful people. There are some crazies out there.