Day 20 - Vysehrad and Christmas shopping

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Jan 28, 2012

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Last night I woke up a bit in the night and ended up waking up at 8:30am which is really unusual and late for me here. I ate some food and got ready quickly to head out.

We headed to Vysehrad where there was a lookout over the city and a large kind of gothic, now baroque style church. The whole place was surrounded with large stone walls and along the side of the church is a cemetery where famous Czech people were buried.

We wandered about the church where there were paintings all over the ceiling and columns around us, with bits of gold painted with them. The detail in the church was quite impressive. Looking at the different relics of the church, there were things encrusted with jewels and intricate clothing the priest would wear.

Afterwards we wandered around the cemetery where each grave was coveted in flowers and some graces had sculpted headstones. Around the edges there were like family tombs hidden behind a wall and under a passage through the ground.

It was very chilly by this point and I felt like my ears and finger tips were frozen so we headed to a cafe close by. I ordered a peppermint tea and they actually went outside and picked fresh peppermint leaves. They gave me a silver tray lined with two serviettes and upon it was a pot with the fresh peppermint leaves and boiling water. Alongside it was a little cup on a saucer, some sugar satchets, a little tub of honey and a wedge of lemon. I drank the tea with the honey and lemon and got 2 and a half little cups out of it. It was do simple, but really nice!

We headed back to the metro station afterwards where we headed to Pancrac shopping mall which was still close to the flat. We first wandered around in search of something to eat for lunch and there was a little food court with Japanese, Lebanese, Czech cuisine, McDonald's, pizza and KFC. We got some chicken, potato and crunchy cabbage and carrot from the Czech cuisine place.

Afterwards we sussed out a place to have dessert at later on. We then found the toy store and searched for things for the kiddies. Baba wanted to get them some stacking block game and books. I ended up putting together the 4 kids presents and got the girls a variety of crafty type things and some cool stationary things I noticed the kids in Australia loved. For the boys who are a bit younger, Baba chose them each a book and I chose them some Lego sets, remote control robots and little Lego men and gooey things lol. We had to get something for Peter's son too so Baba chose him a puzzle and I chose 4 cars.

We went to a cafe which had lots of different cakes and things and Baba had some tiramisu, I had a berry panacotta type thing. We realized there were a lot of people smoking around us which was a bit gross as it was inside, then as we left we were in what seemed almost like a glass box with a door (probably so people can smoke in there).

On our way out we got a message from Marketa telling us she wouldn't be able to take us to her news studio tonight as a famous ex president who did a lot for the Czech Republic died today. His name was Vaclav Havel. Because we had more time we were able to finish our shopping so got some wrapping paper and card to make labels.

Afterwards I lugged the presents home on the metro and a bus with huge rolls of wrapping paper poking out lol i was constantly bashing people with them and trying to apologise but speaking English ti Czech people was a bit pointless. When we got back to the flat I wrapped them in lots of little parcels so the kids would have lots of things to open on Christmas.

I then snacked on some chocolate (not the best dinner choice lol) and watched Marketa on the news. Afterwards I got ready for bed and sorted out my bag for tomorrow as we leave for Vienna.
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