Sundays in Europe can be a tad depressing. Even though the Europeans are even less religiously devoted than Americans they do still believe in observing the Sabbath. Especially in Germany. Most stores and businesses are closed. Restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops remain open because all the rest of the Germans are out and about enjoying life.. They absolutely love gathering the family to take a... Read Full Entry
My wife and I met forty years ago when we both worked for the airlines. We got out of the business when deregulation "ruined" it. Now she takes me with her students on her educational trips abroad.
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Far better than the mineral waterAfter a long drive and a long walk on a warm day an ice cold normal beer was in order. The fact that this was every bit as good as the Bavarian beers we had been drinking made it even more satisfying. The head on these beers was as perfect as it gets.
My very pleasant Peasant PlatterEven though Cevapcici (Eastern European sausages originally from the Balkan states) was on the menu our waitress informed us that they ran out. Since Gail had already ordered her salad I had to make a rushed decision and chose the Peasant Platter. Not a bad alternative even though the bread that came with my sausage, ham, pork, boiled potatoes and sauerkraut was kind of strange tasting. Once Gail saw my meal she realized she would be sleeping on the sofa bed in the drawing room.
They're all chowing down on OplatkyWhile we dined and drank we observed the tourists passing by our outdoor restaurant. Every other one seemed to have bought a big wafer cookie which they were wolfing down as they strolled past.
The Venice of the Czech RepublicSince everywhere we travel seems to have a place they call "The Venice of___", I have decided to term Karlovy Vary CZ's Venice. As we soon discovered when we stumbled upon the masquerade ball, the locals want to think they are Venetians.
Church of Saint Mary MagdaleneThis church was built at the height of Baroque fever in the early 1700's. It's claim to fame is the large crypt that holds the remains of the dead that were exhumed fro the old graveyard this was built over.
Having a ballOur walk on the other side of the Tepla was cut short when I noticed the commotion in front of the Spring Colonnade (Vřídelní kolonáda). We quickly recrossed the river and joined in the festivities.