Day 9 & 10 - Prague Zoo, goodbye's, REST
Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
17Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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Its our last day with the Styrsky clan of Al, Idamay, Alina, Aunt Lou, and Tracy ... and today we opt for the Prague Zoo. After several changes of itinerary due to the weather forecast, today we just ignore the warnings for impending "Heavy Showers". The last three times they've predicted that, it hasn't rained more than a couple of drops. ... until, now. of course.
So, our group of me, Janice, Salmonella, and Simon sleep in till eleven or so. We phone the others and find that they've taken the 45 minute boat ride around the river to the zoo ... we opt to the metro / bus route and meet up with them for lunch in the middle of the large, award winning zoo
Dumping rain from time to time, but its tollerable
On the way back, we all opt for the metro / bus route to save time and dough ... and Al takes us to the worst, most danger ridden station in all of Prague just to save a few blocks. (jokes)
We end the night as a family at Lokal ... a very popular, reasonably priced modern Czech restaurant. Good times, laughs, tears ... a great day and night. ... ... Back at the apartment, we agree that other than Skutec, ... this was our favorite day with everybody. I think everyone was more rested and comfortable with traveling ... or maybe just excited to be headed home ! :) Either way, a great time.
A couple of interesting tidbits ...
We Styrskys have a tradition of singing this old bar song with lots of "Nohaleta nohaleta nohaleta chivio!"'s in it ... ... we had heard it was a Czech song and so we made it our tradition ... a nod to the old country if you will. ... Well, in Skutec, one of our relatives assured us it was not Czech at all, but likely Polish or Russian. So. ... When I imagined our time together here in Prague, I was sure we'd belt it out at one time or another, ..
Also, ... we didn't plan on having a bathroom stop budget here! It costs us about 50cents each to use the bathroom each time when we aren't at a restaurant. Can add up with a family of four!!!
Back to the apartment ... and we sleep.
Janice stayed in bed till almost 1pm. Feeling sick with a sore throat. I kept her company until just about noon, then took Simon and the kids to our favorite local cafe. And that is precisely all that Simon did for the whole day!!! ... after the cafe, he headed back to the apartment and did nadda. Sam, me, Ella went to the Paladium (mall) and bought him the SECOND Harry Potter book (he cruised through the entire first one already!!!). ...
Back home, an hour's rest, and me and the kids and Janice walk in search of a local park I read about for kidshttp://www.prague.net/gardens-below-the-castle ... really really beautiful sunset, view, and gardens. ... It basically took us around to the side of the castle opposite the side that we approached in from when we came the first time from Petrin Tower ... Just GORGEOUS.
It was a great time of night as all the places were closing down, so virtually no other tourists ... but unlike lots of cities where security guards close down the surrounding areas, here we were allowed to meander a bit. I think they secure it about an hour after close or something ... so this left us with a perfect, quiet walk ... even if we were kept to the exteriors of the buildings.
Back down to the apartment. That was a serious walk. PHEW. We are putting in some serious miles. Kids to bed. Janice and I out for food and a drink on our own.