You Are So Beautiful To Me
Trip Start Aug 23, 2007
61Trip End Jul 17, 2008
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We began our tour with the big sights to see on the south side of the Vltava River. We walked along Charles Bridge and its beautiful sculptures. We stood in front of the beautiful astronomical clock and watched as it chimed the hour. We admired the beautiful Gothic architecture. We enjoyed the beautiful coffee as the beautiful people walked by. It was all just too beautiful. Something was missing in Prague. It was as if there was no story line, no plot. Yes, beautiful, I agree with all the people who told me it would be so, but it was hard to find it's heart.
The next day, we wandered around Mala Strana on the other side of the river. Beautiful shops and flats lined the street. We took a tour to the Castle and admired its beautiful cathedral that is the classic skyline of Prague. Finally, we walked up the beautiful Wenceslas Square where we enjoyed a beautiful piece of salmon for lunch...our best meal of the trip.
One night we headed out on a boat cruise which displayed the beautiful city at night. The music on board was a live jazz band that played the old American classics. They were the highlight of the cruise.
I finally got to peruse the Kafka museum, and learn a little bit about the isolation of this great author. He was part of the Jewish minority in Prague, but was a minority in his own community as a German speaking Jew. He always loved Prague, but never felt accepted there. His isolation is clear in many of his novels, my favorite being The Metamorphosis. We continued on to see the Jewish Quarter and explored the oldest synangogue in Europe.
Finally, we enjoyed our last day exploring Vladstenjsky Palace in Mala Strana where the government sits. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens that include 2 white peacocks. We enjoyed a last meal in Prague at the Big Square in a Medieval dungeon styled restaurant complete with a pig on a spit and some live Czech music. Off to Vienna!