Part 2: P & J’s Excellent Adventure

I. Two days in Prague. We arrived at 6:30 am, which makes for a LONG day. Our hotel in the New Town area, was a reasonable walk fromthe main train station. With backpacks, it seemed farther. A stop at Starbucks helped. The Novomestsky Hotel, was where I stayed in 2004, my first visit to Prague with an REI hiking trip. We checked in, left our luggage and left on a long walk. To the river, across Charles Bridge, more coffee and breakfast and to our destination Kampa Museum. Then back to the hotel for noon check-in and a little rest.

Late afternoon we enjoyed the view from the Astronomical Clock tower in Old Town Square. We got a  funny view of all the ant tourists waiting for the clock’s performance on the hour.After dinner, where we met the Chile Soccer team, wewent to a Black Light theater performance. This theater originated in Prague in 1961, the first of its’ kind. It combines mime, dance, acrobatics and visual illusions. I loved it👍🏻.

For our second day, we took a tram up to the castle neighborhood and wandered our way back to the hotel. Novy Svet, a very old street built for castle workers was fun to find. Then to Strahov Monastery, through Mala Strana (Lesser Town) back across Charles Bridge through hoardes of tourists, into Josefov and back to hotel for short rest.

Next to Obecny Dum’s Americky Bar before hearing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Smetana Hall.  Late supper listening to blues at The Ungelt. We packed a lot into 2 days. The rest stops and coffees made it possible. After all, we are not 20 somethings (or even 50 somethings!!) On Saturday, we got a bus at 8:30 am for Cesky Krumlov.

Cesky Krumlov is a town in South Bohemia that is a protected UNESCO heritage site. The Vltava River forms an oxbow bend in the center, with dramatic rock walls. A class 1 – 2, rafting and canoeing are very popular. No kayaks yet, but the boats have come a long way since 2004. We enjoyed wandering and a castle tour. Photo opportunities ate every bend. Pension Fialka (Violet) was a charming find just outside of the centrum. We got our hill walking in.

Phyllis left for home in Seattle yesterday morning. Lenka made a very special last supper – wild boar. We really did have an excellent adventure for two weeks.

Did I mention that Phyllis and I have been friends for 57 years? Who is that lucky? And how did those years go so fast?

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