The drive to Prague and a walking tour
Trip Start Apr 13, 2014
17Trip End Apr 26, 2014
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I noticed a lot of Canola being grown along the trip as well as a large number of solar panel fields generating electricity. The Canola oil is used mostly for fuel and these two uses of the land are competing with food production purposes. Skoda is one of the main industrial enterprises in Czech Republic making cars but also bicycles and the guide said industrial equipment, but I haven't seen that name yet other than cars
We got checked into the Hilton in Prague with no problem, and shortly after getting some lunch, our bags were delivered to the room. Shortly after, we left by bus to begin the walking tour of the 'lower town' and the Charles Bridge, built by King Charles IV to permanently connect the two sides of the city. He also had a university built and of course the usual castle and chuch. We walked across the bridge which is pedestrian only now, and has statues of saints and other historical persona. The bridge also hosts numerous street vendors of all sort: trinkets, souvenirs, caricaturists, musicians, etc. At the far end is a small market with numerous stalls selling goods and food, and a four piece band was playing German polka music.
We walked throughout the old 'lower town' with a very good guide and saw more churches and castles and eventually rendezvoused with the bus to return to the hotel. Before getting cleaned up we went walking to find a pivo (beer) and walked about six blocks to find an open-air place - despite the very mild weather (19+ today) this is early in the season for Prague so most places don't have their outside set-ups in place yet
When we got back to the hotel we took the iPad down to the lobby to get a WiFi signal to send the blog and check email. Krista also did 'FaceTime' with Gail MacFarlane in Nova Scotia and Joanna in BC. Technology has certainly made the world small.