Fairy tale picture of a time lost

Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Aug 11, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, July 24, 2011

The best bed and pillow I have had since leaving home. Incredible how your own pillow is so important in the scheme of things!  When we got in yesterday (via taxi) we walked around the Old Town.  The churches, the palaces, the statues and the monuments are all extraordinary and exude history and a life of another time.   Prague is known as the city of a 100 Spires and it is obvious why.  The "old town square"  is the centre from which everything flows.  The “new town” began in 1348.  It will give you and idea what this city is like and the age of the number of “old” buildings.  The Prague Castle, which is a truly amazing landmark, was initially built in 870.  It has had some more “recent”  additions and renovations!!

We decided to take a red bus, hop on hop off tour, today.  Pete was pleased to relinquish the driving for a few days and Francesca is also taking a break.  We saw most of the major historical sites and it was good to hear the explanations and history attached to these sites.  We walked across the Charles Bridge, which Shayne and Cal had told us about and the statues on the bridge are individually incredible but collectively amazing.  Artisans and sellers are everywhere.

Communism fell here in 1989 and it seems that many are not convinced that it has been beneficial for all citizens.  The young seem to see the benefits but not so the older members of the city.  The taxi driver on the way into town, some 26 kms, said that people seem to be working harder for less money.  Seems to be the catch cry worldwide!  We have seen people begging in the town square which is quite sad.  Dogs again are quite prevalent in and around the city and they are even allowed in hotels!!  Smokers still abound,

Had an early dinner at the Hard Rock Café (yes, Kate we thought of you) and let our South African waiter know that the Wallabies had beaten the Springboks.  Some amazing memorabilia Ben, you might have to come and see as our photos won't capture the scope and extent of the music story on the walls.  They played a lot of 70s stuff on videos whilst we were there, might have guessed our age!  Tomorrow we are going to the St Ignatius Monastery to sample their beer, they have their own micro brewery and to spend some more time at Prague Castle.  I feel reassured that the future of the Catholic Church is secure, as it certainly owns the best land and the most amazing churches in Czech, France and Italy.  Maintenance bill in the future could be an issue but the value of the capital assets are unfathomable. 

Write again soon.  Hope you are all well and happy.  Love D-M (and Pete) xxx
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Ben on

Good to see the photos are posted finally, I've just backtracked through all the entries so far. Good to hear you found a bokke supporterto dish on even in the Czech Republic. Off to my first lecture for the semester soon.

joannandlen on

Hi Guys, have just caught up on the blogs while I am in Brisbane waiting for a regional directors meeting ..... How depressed am I? :-). But no seriously, I am really looking forward to discussing stat authority structure and not at all jealous of you guys!!!! The holiday sounds fantastic and I can't wait for all the stories. I imagine you are swapping the lemoncello for slivovitz while in Prague ... You must let us know how that goes. Miss you lots, there is far less shouting through the walls these days. Love Jo

Marie on

How wonderful! I get goose bumps reading of your travels. I am in the process of clearing the Postcard Wall so I was happy to see the "Postcard Queen" in action!! As Jo mentioned it is very quiet on the noise side here - but given that it is only 17 more sleeps until you are back at work - I will survive!! Keep blogging and keep safe. XX Marie

Trish B on

must add to my list of things not to do.....do not read Pete and DM's blogs while at work. Your adventures sound so wonderful it truly does feel as though we could be there with you if we closed our eyes. problem is....i don't want to open them again which doesn't go down too well when sitting at your desk. don't think i have to remind you to keep having fun and enjoy :~D

kateandsam on

Love the photos, specially the one of you 'wandering'. Don't suppose any Hard Rock Cafe bears snuck their way into your luggage?

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