Lounging in Lyon

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

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Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Thursday, July 28, 2011

I am writing from our hotel room which looks out at the Rhone River on one side and the Parc de la Tete dÓr (an amazing park) on the other side. We are in the cultural precinct with the Centre of Contemporary Arts, the Museum, the World Trade Centre and Interpol.  Yes, not so sure about why Interpol is here but judging from the "beautiful" people who were dining at lunch I think they stay indoors and let the cultural buffs engage in the social side of Lyon. 

Our last day in Prague was somewhat different as we explored the Jewish Quarter, the museum, ceremonial hall, cemetery and synagogues.   Something like 80,000 of Prague's Jewish population (of a population of 130,000 Jews) were killed by the Nazis during the war so the story was not terribly uplifting, despite being informative.  The children’s drawings from the concentration camps were the ones that distressed me most.  I see on CNN (that and the BBC are the only television channels in English) that they are using the same techniques with children today who have survived warfare and violence in their countries.  Sad that we continue to allow these atrocities to occur.  Anyway, we didn’t stay too depressed for too long as we decided to do either a Mozart concert or go to a casino.  There are so many classical concerts, usually in churches and synagogues that we thought we should go to one.  The casinos on the other hand are dingy looking places with a predominance of machines and greasy looking security guys out the front.  Anyway, you can probably guess where we ended up. 

There are about 130 casinos in Prague and we went to the Marriot to find a decent one.  They opened up a BlackJack table for us (there were only two in the casino) and we virtually played there on our own for hours.  Drinks were free at the casino and minimum bets were 100 crowns (equivalent to about 7 dollars) so we had a ball.  Lost all our Czech money but had a fun time laughing with the dealers in goodness knows what language!  We took a break for dinner but then decided we should win our money back (not good advice Ben).  Anyway more free drinks and more laughs and we were square for the day.  Probably too many free drinks because when the alarm went off at 5.45am this morning felt a bit shabby! 

Anyway we made the airport with hours to spare and got an exit row on Easyjet again.  I think I mentioned that there is no seat allocation so interesting process.  Prague was nothing like I expected.  It is a truly beautiful city with the most amazing buildings, a bit like the drawings for a fairy tale.  They are proud of their city, pleased the Russians have gone, love their beers and despite the most amazing churches are predominately atheist!  Certainly should consider some time here, if you haven’t been.

Lazy afternoon today, took a walk along the river before dinner but tomorrow we indeed to explore all the sites as we leave for south of France early on the TGV on Saturday.  Pete managed to get us here today with ease, despite very little English on the signs at the airport/train station.  We caught a train from the airport as it is some way out and then an electric trolley car right to the front of our hotel.  It is great to travel with someone who is organised and prepared to give everything a go.  We are having a great time and look forward to sharing some of our stories with you all when we return to OZ.  Love to all D-M and Pete
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Great to hear you are enjoying the trip and can't wait to hear your fantastic stories when you get back. Watch out for crazy Norwegions!!!!

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