Prague - Day 3

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We started our day having breakfast at the hotel, our normal routine since it is included in the price of the rooms. Dad woke up this morning feeling "exhausted," so we told him he should just stay behind and get some more rest. Instead, he decided he would come along and see how things went. Our first stop of the day was the Clock Tower of the Town Hall on the Old Town Square. We took the elevator to the top and enjoyed panoramic views of Prague. The views were amazing and I can tell you there are a LOT of red-tiled roofs in Prague! We headed out for the Jewish Quarter to tour the old Synagogues and the Jewish Cemetery. One Synagogue had walls that contained the name of each Jew from Bohemia and Moravia that had died at the hands of the Nazis. It was pretty moving. The same Synagogue also contained many drawings from the children detained at the Terezin Ghetto/Concentration Camp during the Nazi occupation. We also toured the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue in Europe.

After our tours of the Jewish Quarter, we headed back to Old Town Square to have some lunch. We had noticed a number of street vendors on the square that seemed to be making some pretty delicious food and decided we would give it a try. Between us, we had some grilled sausages, ham cooked over an open flame, and a dish that included potatoes, cabbage, and ham. Each dish came with a slice of dark bread. We all agreed the food was very good. As this type of food is not Lynn's speed, she opted for a salmon dish from the hotel cafe, which she enjoyed.

After lunch, we headed for another vendor that was making and selling a dessert that was dough rolled around a piece of metal, rolled into a sugar/nut mixture, then cooked over an open flame. As I video taped them making this, I was asked not to take any video of them (I reluctantly stopped filming), Anyway the dessert was very tasty and was enjoyed by Steve C., Sue, Patty, and Steve B.

Our next stop was Wenceslas Square, site of the 1989 Velvet Revolution in which the Czech people won their independence from the USSR without any bloodshed. The Czech people would gather in this square each night and shake their keys until the government relented. Today, the "square" is lined with a lot of shops and restaurants. It was interesting to see old, historic buildings with beautiful architecture right next to bland, ugly, communist-era buildings.

Once Dad had reached Wenceslas Square, it was clear that he needed to return to the hotel to get some rest. He was a bit worn out from all of the walking. After making sure he was back in the room, we returned to Wenceslas Square and then did some shopping in the local markets. As we were doing that, the skies opened up and it rained. We had been expecting that, as the forecast had actually called for the rain to start much earlier than it did. We did get a bit wet on the way back to the hotel, but we didn't let it stop us from enjoying the city.

At dinner time, with rain still coming down, we chose to eat right outside or hotel in the Grand Cafe Praha, owned by our hotel. They had covered outside seating with California heaters to keep everyone warm (it had gotten a bit chilly with the rain). We enjoyed a nice leisurely meal, including dessert (apple strudel, chocolate fondue, ice cream, and gelato). With the rain still coming down, we enjoyed some good conversation and plenty of laughs.

Tomorrow, after breakfast, we will be heading south to Cesky Krumlov. While we're looking forward to the next leg of the trip, I think we all agree we are going to miss Prague... 
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Dotty on

I can't believe i am able to follow this web site and I did it myself. I am loving it. My faVORITE PART SEEMS TO BE THE DESSERTS YOU GUYS AR HAVING. I WANT ONE OF THOSE DOUGH PASTRIES WRAPPED IN NUTS!sOUNDS LIKE a great time so far.

calo4 on

I agree Dottie, the desserts are great! Dad seems to be enjoying them at breakfast and lunch also. Glad you are enjoying th blog! We'll keep posting pictures and stories each day. - SteveC

Cakie on

Wow, I have been reading thru all this up here at Jefferson waiting for Lisa. I am in awe! Oh what fun it is to ride...Patty M and Photi just paid me a visit and told them I was right up on the latest of the blog. My first one by the way. This new IPad II is amazing. Connected at all times. Enjoy every moment. Love, Cakie

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