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Published: September 9th 2010
We had overcast weather again today.
We started the day with a group tour of the Little Quarter. The first stop was the Wallenstein Palace Garden, the largest and most beautiful garden in the neighborhood. Aside the garden was the most unusual wall. It was an artificial wall of stalactites. Embedded were a few strange looking faces. We never heard the meaning of this wall.
After the garden we walked up through the Little Quarter towards the Charles Bridge. As we walked we spotted an interesting courtyard of a restaurant with two mechanical men working as a fountain. The hips of the men rotated from left to right as the men seemed to be urinating into the pool. Instead of being an adults only we could see a “Children’s Zone.” I guess their sense of humor is broader than ours.
The plan with the tour group was to cross the Charles Bridge and pass through Old Town on the way to a Metro station. Once we got on the bridge, Jackie and I broke away again. We took time to find the good luck spots on the bridge that our friend Greg Ebelhar had
Wallenstein Palace Garden
For a better view of my photos, please click on the photo and it will enlarge.
told us to look for. We took full advantage by rubbing the well worn brass for good traveling luck.
After shopping for a while we had lunch in the Hard Rock Café. I had my first and only hamburger on the trip. It was very good. After lunch we took the Metro back to the hotel to wait for our afternoon “optional” tour.
About 4:00pm we boarded a bus for a 40 mile trip in the Czech countryside to the Sychrov Castle. It seemed to me to be more of a palace than a castle. It had beautiful English-style Park and grounds. The place had an interesting history in the 20th century. It seems that the royals living there became allied with the Germans in the beginning of the WWII. After the war, the castle was confiscated and became state property. It stayed that way during the communist period. After communism fell, the law allowed prior property owners to reclaim their land. The only exception was for anyone that allied with the Germans. So, the original owners survive but they are not allowed to reclaim the palace.
We enjoyed a private organ concert in the chapel and
Wallenstein Palace Garden
You should enlarge this photo and look for a couple of embedded faces.
then, after touring the entire building, walked next door for dinner in a modern hotel. We returned to our hotel in Prague late that evening.
Tomorrow we plan to follow the Rich Steve’s recommended self-guided tour of New Town. Tomorrow evening we will have our farewell dinner in the Lobkowicz Palace Café, in the Castle Quarter. Should be fun. The next day will be the return trip home.
Hang around for just a little longer…
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