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Published: April 22nd 2019
Last time I wrote I was on the train travelling from Poland to the Czech Republic . Having WiFi as one travels is good idea . Fortunately there were no roaming charges involved . It was an easy train ride . Tomorrow it will be a 4 hour journey to Vienna by private vehicles...comfortable vans that we used today . But I am getting ahead of myself.
Thank you for the notes you have sent . It sounds like everyone in enjoying the holidays and the spring weather . I do believe we were 'all real tired of winter . I must admit I have day dreamed a litle about plants showing themselves in my Back yard . I will be into that when I get home but now I am enjoying spring in Eastern Europe. Tulips are nearing their rend , daffodils and hyacinthes are doing okay and there are violets everywhere , some have faced nearly as large as my hand . The trèes flowering are really a weight to see. Magnolias , apples , other fruits , linden , cherries (not as many as Washington) and lilacs as we have moved south . Both sights and smells are a treat.
Prague is an amazing city . Omut , our guide is excellent . As we arrive in a place he gives a history and a walking tour of the core areas pointing out significant places , giving a bit of history and pointing out access points should we choose to explore a particular site further . These walking tours last @3 hours and in the lobby area of our hotel he leaves pages of notes about hours of operation , cost , directions...whatever answers he can think of for questions we might ask . He is good.
PRAGUE , big , beautiful , over the top in some ways and it never seems to end . The Castle , St Vitus and St Nicholas Churches, the Charles Bridge , Old Town , Jewish Town and it's 5 synagogues , Wenseslas Square and Easter Markets each offer a different view of what this city was and I guess it still is. Everywhere one looks there are amazing buildings that have been around for centuries . Turrets , towers , statuary, frescos of all kinds ornate them and they are just ordinary buildings by Prague standards.
Between walking and using the trams I have been able to see a lot . Church on Easter Sunday , an English mass at Our Lady Victorious was packed and after we were able to take a funicullar up the hill to see the city spread out below us . Quite lovely . Then on to the Castle , which had a line up of about 2 blocks to get in . We didn,t have the time to wait. The are masses of tourists here , probably even more due to Easter but we coped.
For me one of the highlights was visiting the Mucha Gallery . What beautiful work he did. !
Today we have spent in a town , which has a UNESCO designation , called Cesky Krumlov which is a well preserved medieval city established in the 1300,s . A delightful place with amazing buildings . I like it
But I am tired and must end . Next stop is Vienna and I need to sleep and rest my feet .
Keep in touch as I begin week 2 of this adventure .
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