Trip Start Dec 20, 2012
Trip End Jan 18, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

And wow … our arrival at Czech is alarming! A bleak communist built train station on the edge of town. Le was asking me the old "where are you taking me?". To be honest the station hasn't changed in twenty odd years but I knew the “gold” was just around the corner. After negotiating the metro we arrive at the stunning “Maximillian Hotel”. What a brilliant place, set in the old town just by the square. Service in Czech is excellent! That night we get a tip from the hotel and head around the corner to an Italian restaurant called “Aldente”. After a superb meal, and service above none, we head for a night cap and then to bed.

The next day we head to the Old Town Square and go on the Communist Tour. This consists of a walking tour around Prague and a visit to a nuclear bunker four stories underground. Very interesting! That evening we take a night our around Prague and find out that we are the only ones on the tour. Eva intrigues us with her stories of ancient Praha - the city that was once the capital of The Holy Empire of Rome, through the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, through the Nazi German torture and the Soviet USSR neglect, to present day. So sad for such a lovely city. But so happy since the emancipation of the peaceful 'Velvet Revolution’ of 1989. We head over to Prague Castle and walk the old laneways and of course visit the cathedral.

Our last day in Prague was brilliant. We went back over the river to the castle district and visited the Mary The Victorious / Infant of Prague Church. This place has history and connections to Le’s Granma. She had a holy card with the Infant Child of Prague on it. Afterwards we visit the Disappearing Man Communist bronze installation in the park. After a day of lots of walking we head to the Irish Pub at the Old Town Square and watch the football.

The next morning we wake and take a car over to the Prague-Holesvice train station (more bleak) and get our connection for Berlin. The train stops in Dresden, Germany and we wait at the border for an hour because of engine trouble. I’m not sure what the deal is with German trains? They used to be really good, but now they have let us down on two occasions. The Austrian, Italian, and even Czech trains are miles better!
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Prague looks like an amazing city. You both look a little frozen, so I'll bet it was cold. Sounds like you are having a great time. Love you both xxx

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