"It's too nice to stay here," Nancy said. We had just finished our work for the day in the library. "Let's eat and go downtown."
"Where ?" I wanted to know.
"I'm not sure," she replied.
The day was quite warm and neither of us wanted to go where we would walk in the sun. I pulled out our guidebook and our Prague city map. Looking over the map I spotted Stelecky Island, a small island in the middle of the Valtava River accessible only by a set of steps from a bridge.
"Let's go here," I said pointing to the island on the map. "We have never been there and there are walking trails.
After eating, we caught the bus from Jeneralka and then the subway and got off at the Mustek stop at the end of Wenceslas Square. As we walked, we stopped in several shoe stores because Nancy wants to buy a par of sandals. So far, and including today, she has had no luck. There is a pharmacy where she found a pair that she really likes, but the did not have them in her size. Every time she has stopped at
the pharmacy they say, "We wil have them in two weeks."
Finally we made it to the island about seven-thirty in the evening.
"Look at the beautiful quality of the light," I said. "This is a great time to take some pictures."
There is a large photo in the IBTS dining room showing an elderly artist painiting a picture of Prague. I have been trying to determine the location where the artist set up and had decided that a building must have been constructed taking away the view from where he was standing. We walked to the south end of the island and I thought, "This is the spot from which that photo was taken." I took several pictures from this spot. Back at the seminary I looked at the photo in the dining room and realized this was not the spot. So I will have to keep looking.
As we sat in the deep shade of the trees we talked about Prague. Prague is, in our opinion, such a civilized city, so liveable, so enjoyable. The public transportation system is cheap, efficient and takes us everywhere we need or want to go. If I lived
here I would not even consider buying a car. Cars are simply not needed . Also Prague is a very safe city. We commented to each other about this as we returned to the seminary. Here, even though it was getting dark there were young women sitting alone on park benches, young mothers with their babies strolling the paths. I wondered, "in how many cities at home would a young woman be safe sitting alone, at dark, in a city park? In how many cities at home would a young mother stroll with her infant, alone, in a city park at dusk? Sadly, not in many," I concluded.
I hope those of you reading this post enjoy the pictures from Strelecky Island.
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