A Visit with Jana & Wilda

I enjoyed a visit with second cousins, Jana Drnkova and Jan William Drnek, at their home in Celakovice, outside of Prague. We’ve been Facebook friends but had not met in person till this year. It was great getting to know each other and finding common interests. Daughter Jana is a graphic designer and son Jan is director of cinematography in the film industry. They rebuilt an older home that was “in ruins” 26 years ago and made it into a lovely retreat. I now have a severe case of garden envy.

Jana and I went into Prague by train and I enjoyed seeing it again from her perspective. I spent a second day in the city with Matthew, a younger cousin who works archiving old films.

We drove northwest to the spa town of Marianska Lazne for an overnight trip. It was like stepping back in time to “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Since the 1700’s, people have gone there for health treatments and to drink from the 40 mineral springs. They even sell you special cups. Goethe, Dvorak, Mark Twain and Thomas Edison are some of the past visitors. We enjoyed a special Mediterranean dinner and celebrated the Drinkovas’ 30th anniversary.