I think one of the reasons you need a few more days in Prague, particularly in August, is that there is only so much anyone can take of the crowds of middle aged Italians with gold sandals and dyed yellow hair. And thats just the men. So my tactic was to do one really touristy day, then a slightly more chilled day, where I went shopping. Its so cold compared to the heat when I left Britain (whats that about its supposed to be August?)I had to go and get a warmer jumper from H&M.
My properly touristy day was all about the trip to the Castle. Which is very very big. Apparantly its in the Guiness Book of Records its the largest castle complex in the world but I'm not convinced. Anyway, every hour you get to see the changing of the Guards, in their slightly camp pale blue uniforms.
St Vitus Cathedral was one of the highlights within the castle walls. Pretty spectacular and gloriously over-the-top, it starteed being built in 1344 but they oly put the finishing touches to it in 1929. Builders eh? Good King Wenceslas (of the carol, he's the Czech' patron Saint) was supposedly brutally stabbed to death in there by his brother Boroslav I, and now his tomb lies off in a side chapel. There's also a narrow, crowded claustrophobic tower which climbs up to give another great view over the city.
So after another day relaxing, and a couple of nights out with a bunch of Canadian guys, I was ready to jump on a bus down to Cesky Krumlov, which I was really looking forward to.