Bunny wabbits and Pant like a Pug!

Trip Start Aug 22, 2004
Trip End Aug 26, 2004

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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Streda (Wednesday) 25 Srpen

Guess what I ate today?! A bunny wabbit! Ok, I dunno if it was a bunny, but it was definitely a wabbit cooked in a great Czech style. Ate it at the restaurant next to our hotel, the Cesky Raj. That was my dinner. Lunch was less adventurous but just as good at a Belgian place called Les Moules up in Josefov. The chicken was super, but nothing beat the "ribs of young piglet." You should try these two places too!! I think I ought to be a food taster in restaurants around the world, becoming a sort of food suggestor for guidebooks and such. I would like that alot. Then I could be fat, and my butt could be a whole new double-entity. Wicked!

Anyways, onto the real tourism info. The plan was to walk up to the Umeleckoprumyslove muzeum (Museum of Decorative Arts), figured that after seeing everything on the outside of buildings, might as well catch of glimpse of whats inside. But lo and behold, we got waylaid by...SHOPS...JEWELLERY SHOPS...ANTIQUE JEWELLERY SHOPS a mere 150 yards from the UPM.... But I learnt about Czech jewellery from the 1800s!! Bohemian garnet is the big gem about town, and is usually found in very small stone sizes, only the really old pieces have large stones. These days, most granat (garnet) advertised is actually almandine, an inferior relative of the garnet found in India and Austria. Pre-1850, the main setting used was Tormak, a mix of gold and silver, and only after 1850 was either pure gold, or pure silver used in garnet settings. Mum bought a pair of ~1840s garnet earrings and bracelet. Lovely pieces. About 1.5 hours later, we finally completed the remaining 150 yds to the UPM - it houses a small but good collection of textiles, books, porcelain, glass and metal works. The building itself is an exhibit.

Aimless wondering

Crossed the Karluv Most and saw the Panna Maria pod retezem (Church of Mary below the chain), this super old church built in 1160 by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (aka the Maltese Knights).

Aimless roaming

Sat beneath a group of saints on the Karluv Most and ran into a former colleague of my dad's from our days in China! What a small world! Finally decided to read about all the saints on the Karluv Most when walking back to our side of the river, and discovered the patron saint of lawyers, St. Ivo, for my sister. It was only then that I realized that the patron saints of medicine were on the other side of the bridge - in fact, we had just been sitting beneath them for an hour without realizing it!! How stupidly like me it is to that!

Wondering aimlessly

Saw a pug being taken for a walk. The thing had its tongue dragging on the floor and was panting so loudly we wondered if the car passing by had a huge engine problem creating this horrible rattle/rasping. I seriously thought the poor little pug was going to keel over and collapse mid-stride the way it was sounding. Do all pugs sound like that when they're being walked, or was this one asthmatic or something? Anyhow, phrase of the day: "Pant like a Pug!" Should be a motto for a gym or marathon....

Roaming aimlessly

Back to story about rabbit for dinner.

Some more things I noticed about Prague:
1) They have an excellent WC system - you can use it anywhere, there are public ones all over the place, and you can use the ones in restaurants without being a customer, all you have to do is give your 5 or 10 Kc and you're free to do nature's work!
2) Good restaurants are the converted cellars, not the ones advertising themselves as roadside cafes.
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