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We spent our last morning in Prague climbing a hill. It was slightly colder than yesterday morning but sunny none the less. We made our way across town without getting lost this time. We took possibly the steepest, and at times, the muddiest path up the hill. I swear, I do not know who designed the path up this steep hill, but it had no switchbacks …
... you wander around a series of displays depicting life in communist Czech Republic. After visiting an interrogation room guests sit and watch a movie with footage of the 1968 protests and the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It was very moving footage. The video also touches on agriculture under the Russians, and the fact that they added so much poison the food that life spans dramatically dropped.
After lunch we walked back ...
... for the beer history (and other history) of Plzen.
After Michael had given us a great run down on the city, we headed off.
First stop was the Brewery for Pilsner
Urquell, one of two massive industrial facilities in Plzen, the other being the
Skoda factory that used to make weapons and now makes trains (some links to the
cars, but only in name - Mr Skoda started the factory, but never made a car).
... to see the scale of the brewery – it’s gigantic. The bottling plant alone was phenomenal, with a capacity of 120,000 bottles per hour. You got to see the historical side of the brewery as well as the new contemporary side –
essentially everything is brewed in the same way, only bigger and better with more robotics and less man power. It’s all about being more efficient and brewing more beer! I suppose ...
... had to eat first. We found a little pub and popped in, the weather was becoming fierce outside; wind, and very dark skies.
What a wonderful surprise; the restaurant served gluten free food, nearly everything on the menu could be made gluten free. This had been a problem in Prague, there were very few selections so this was so very welcome. I had a meal called Tavern Potatoes; consisting of fried potato slices, a cream sauce with ham and broccoli over the ...