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Published: November 21st 2010
14th century - the master work of European Gothic sculpture.
One day in 2008, a few days before we flew home, we were walking through the Wallenstein gardens here in Prague. Several booths were set up. One was from the city of Pilsen ... Plzeň in Czech. We picked up some literature. Upon reading the literature we said, "If we are ever here again we will visit Pilsen.
This morning we caught the 10:05 train from Prague to Pilsen. It is less than a two hour trip. Riding on the bus takes only an hour, but we love riding trains and as we were in no hurry we opted for the train. A young Czech woman, a high school senior and a professor from Germany shared a compartment with us. The young woman was going to Pilsen to interview at an art school that she hopes to attend next year. The professor had presented a paper at a conference in Prague and was returning to his home in Bavaria. We talked with the professor as we rode and I could tell from tthe young woman's body language that she also understood English and what we were talking about. It was the professor who told us about Stribro and
how we should visit it if possible.
We arrived in Pilsen on time at 11:50. I had made reservations at the Hotel Rango as we planned to spend the weekend in Pilsen. The hotel is just off Pilsen's old town square and it was not far from the train station. We bought four tram tickets. Our Prague Senior Citizen public transport card worked its wonders even in Pilsen. We were told to buy a half price ticket since we were old. A young woman at the information booth in the station told us it was only a ten minute walk to the hotel and to Pilsen's old town square. As it was a nice day and we wanted to get to know the town, we decided to walk. It would be hard for us to get lost as we could see the steeple of the church of St. Bartholomew that sits in one corner of the square and we knew the general location of the hotel.
Even though we were early they checked us in and put us right into our room #4. We
stowed our things and decided to get on with sightseeing right away. The room looked out over an interesting old and narrow street. We were directly above the hotel entrance. We headed to the square. It is a large square. In fact, it may be as large as Prague's Old Town Square. If not, it is almost as large. The square is ringed with very old buildings. The front of the municipal building is covered with beautiful graffiti ... the original type that is seen in so many places in the Czech Republic.
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