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Published: November 3rd 2010
Forget the appearance, the food is great!
The seminary sits beside the Sarka Valley and though it is in the city of Prague it has a feeling of being in a small village. There are a few houses nearby, an extremely small Catholic church that marked the outer boundary of lands owned by a monastery centuries ago and two restaurants. One is known for serving very good food at very high prices. The other is known for very good food at moderate prices. Guess which one we frequent? Yes, the moderate one.
You can see from the first photo why we feel we are in a village, if not in the woods. Beyond the restaurant, in this view, there is a large hill covered by trees. It is very steep. There are houses on top, but you cannot see them from any place below. I was standing at the bus stop when I took this picture. Behind me is the bus shelter and behind that are a few houses. But even those houses are not very visible from the street.
There is one menu in English ... please, please may they never lose it. There was a time when there was no English menu.Two
With the hills showing in the background. Yes, it is inside the city limits.
See the city bus?
of our friends at the seminary told the owner that they would get more business from English speakers at the seminary if there were an English menu.
"I agree," he said, "but no one here can translate the menu."
"Give me a menu," our friends
said. "We will translate it for you."
They were given a menu and the translation took place ... and they were right. The restaurant serves quite a few people from the seminary. Not only are there a fair number of people at the seminary who speak and read English as their first or second language, but also there are many visitors, lecturers and professors who come for short stays from the UK and the USA.
The first year we were here, 2005, the restaurant was under different management. At that time students were told they were not to frequent the restaurant. Nancy and I did not know why until a new friend who was on sabbatical told us of his experience. He had eaten lunch there several times. The food and service was good. One evening he decided to eat his evening meal there.
He went in, sat down and a topless waitress waltzed to his table to take his order. It seems the seminary must not have wanted their students, especially the younger ones, introduced to the topless world just yet.
Now there are no shocks just good food and happy tummies.
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