Ahoj (hello in Czech) from Prague
. Beau even took a quick video for his Mom- is that a bonding moment? Our favorite site was the astronomical clock. It is 603 years old and still runs from its original parts. The team dispersed for lunch but Beau and I had to stay and see the show as the clock struck noon- it was only 30 seconds but fascinating and worth our effort. The skeleton starts the show by ringing a bell to remind us time is passing by. On the other-side of the clock a vain man and a greedy man are shaking their head in disagreement with skeleton as they want to live forever. The 12 disciples share their gifts with us and a gold bird tells us what hour is ringing. A crowd of 200 or 300 people applauded and we had front row seats thanks to Beau's hockey elbows. I enjoyed seeing the locks of love on all the bridges, it is a romantic tradition to celebrate engagements in Europe. From the tour we went to the Hvedzda arena. It was 34 today and so we all were excited to be in the cool. We played a Czech team and tied them at 2 to 2. The game was fast and exciting for the most part. Beau got to do the pre game handshake with the Czech captain. Beau assisted with a beauty pass in the first period and then scored the second from a hard earned break away and scored back hand top shelf with a deke. Jeff laughed that we had to travel half way around the world to break his breakaway curse! A cool thing about the arenas here is that they only have one bench door and so the boys jump over the boards. A vast improvement in game 2.
Tonight we are enjoying a world party. It is in the court yard of a fancy hotel. The food is wall to wall. Our team has set up a trading station and lots of pretty girls are visiting the booth. Beau has made friends with the German Latvia and Czech teams. Beau made many great trades for a scarf and a few T-shirts. The disco area is crazy and I kept my promise to be scarce. ....kind of. The night ended with a great fireworks show.
Today was an amazing day. At 8am we left the hotel for a 3 hour guided walking tour of Prague. Prague has so much history as it originates back to the 9th century. One of the things that makes it beautiful is all of its different architectural styles: gothic, renaissance and neo renaissance are my favourites. They put so much detail and intricate design into all the buildings and I could have spent hours admiring historical prague area. I was happy that Beau appreciated the beauty too and asked the guides many questions. The guides were pleased that a young man was so interested. Prague castle was gorgeous and the cathedral church was breath taking. We continued to walk across Charles Bridge and take in the view of the city. Beau and I were photographed on the bridge where Tom Cruise was running in Mission Impossible 2. The roads are all cobblestone and everywhere you look there are statues and sculptures. Roars of laughter erupted when we visited the controversial two peeing guys sculpture by David Cerny