Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
On Saturday we got up around 8 and headed to the bus station for a trip/adventure to Pisek. It was an hour bus ride from Tabor and recommended by Katerina to go explore. It was very cheap to go by bus and we were looking forward to any adventure the three of us could tackle.
After lunch we ventured back upstairs to the rain and walked along the river. The bridge and views of the multi colored buildings was pretty amazing and we had fun playing photographers and exploring.
We took the 2:40 train back to Tabor and during
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Depending on what you order, everything is pretty cheap. Most common is the "Presso" or for us Americans, the espresso. It will cost you around $1.50. Then for us snobby coffee drinkers who are use to a Starbucks on every corner, you can oder the "Latte". It comes in a tall glass and is very frothy at the top. It will cost you around $2.50 for the extra taste of home.
No matter what time of the day you will see people sitting at the various coffee houses and socializing with their children or friends. My new favorite spot is the Cafe and Gallery MP7. As you can see from the outside, it looks like you are walking into a dark room but in reality you wind yourself through the indoor seating and through the bar (oh yes...most places have a bar as well) and weave through to the back garden area. It is like in the movies when the main character has an "ah ha" moment and the angels sing and the clouds part. I have found my coffee heaven. You walk into a courtyard full of comfortable seating, water fountains, and even a sandbox for the restless children to play in while parents visit. It will be my new place to unwind, write, and reflect. As you can see in the picture to the right there is an undercover small area to sit if it rains and even a hammock for those super lazy days.
Katerina told me about this place and that it was her favorite and now I can see why. Although I believe that Starbucks would make a million dollars here with the amount of coffee these people drink, you can not beat the relaxting atmosphere this place brings. Coffee here in the Czech republic is more than order coffee, drink it on the go and quickly. It is about soaking in life and your surroundings.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thanks to Katerina and her family, Romana and her husband took my mom and I to Cesky Krumlov for the day and to the theater at night. We had a WONDEFUL time exploring the town and climbing to the top of the Castle Tower. I cannot even express the amazing 360 degree view you get from up there. After exploring and some minor shopping, Romana and her husband took us out to dinner. We ate so much that I think it should be common practice for a nap after eating...but no...off to the castle for MacBeth.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Starting day one, we have set out on foot exploring this historic setting. Of course day one, everything looked beyond understanding and no one spoke English. Day two, we both started feeling more comfortable and my basic (and I mean BASIC) understanding of the Czech language has come out to be of some service. The food is AMAZING and very cheap. The beer is spectacular, as expected.
Prague is definitely a city of busy people, going their own way, and trying to get there in a hurry. Not many people speak English until you get to the tourist area of Wenselas Square where there are so many people from all over the world, that broken English seems to be the preferred language.
We got lost on our way back to the hotel and spent most of our time trying to get out of the underground metro system...let me just say THANK GOD for pictures. We couldn't speak the language but pictures seem to be universal. We found our way out and back to our hotel.
I am so appreciative of this experience that I am definitely not going to focus on any negatives but I do have to comment that it was a little weird to see dogs (and we saw MULTIPLE dogs) just peeing on a building or literally pooping on the street corner while their owner stood there, watched, and then walked the dog away without cleaning up the mess. You have to watch where you are walking on the city streets cause you just might step in doggy do do.
Ending on a positve...we have made a new friend in Milano, the owner of the bar/restaraunt next door to our hotel. He has adopted us and made us feel very welcome in his establishment and if you are ever in Prague you have to go to his establishment, U Strecu, and he just might bring out his Gibson guitar and gather the folks into a round of singing and good times.