Monday, April 30, 2007

Hail to Czech Republic!

We arrived to Prague and were greeted with rudeness. Should we stay or should we go? We decided yes and finally figured out the Metro. This took approximately one hour. The hostel was ultra modern and super clean. Jay claims that this was the nicest hostel in the world.
The next mission was to see the sites of Prague in three days. First, we went to Old Town. We entered the Old Town Square and was surrounded by eight magnificent towers. Crowds of people were gathered around to see the astronomical clock, which is located at the Town Hall. The clock chimes as the skeletal death empties his hourglass and. a procession of apostles march by. In the center of the square was a bronze statue of Jan Hus, the country's most famous martyr. Across the street was the magnificant cathedral of St. Nicholas's. Second, we made our way to the Prague Castle. To get to the castle, you must cross the Charles bridge. This is Prague's most recognizable landmark. Prague castle is one of the biggest castles in the world. It has been the seat of the Czech government over 1000 years. Now, the Czech's president resides there. Inside the castle walls stands the beautiful St. Vitus's Cathedral. The stained glass paintings depict the legend of Wenceslas. This is about the Czech ruler and patron St. Wenceslas. He represents the country's turmoil and triumph. Beneath the cathedral is the Royal Crypt, which holds the tomb of Charles IV. Third, we made our way to Josefov, which is the Central Europe's oldest Jewish settlement. We experienced the Old-New Synagogue. This is the oldest operating synagogue in Europe, 700 years old, and is still the religious center of Prague's Jewish community. We also went to the Old Jewish Cemetery. Between the 14th and 18th centries, 20,000 graves were laid in 12 layers. This was a very diffcuilt site for us to see. The next day we took a train to Olomouc to visit our friend, Jiri. To give you some history on Jiri, Jay met Jiri on his last world tour crossing from Israel into Egypt and they traveled together for 2 or 3 weeks. In 2001, Jiri visited Jay in Fort Lauderdale for 2 or 3 months. They haven't seen each other for 6 years. Olomouc is where Jiri goes to school studying Humanitarian Aid, its a fun college town with a ton of history. It was formally the capital of Moravia. Jiri's flat was very spacious and his roommates were great. Jiri took us to a play in the park and to our suprise it was naked old men on skis. The play was pantamine and very very funny. Jiri tried to claim all European plays were nude, but we didn't buy it. The next day went to a crazy music festival, which lasted all day. Then, Jiri took us to Chateau Lendnice. He use to be a tour guide and is still good friends with the inn keeper. So, he got keys to the place and we actally stayed in the servant's wing. Jiri also gave us a VIP tour and we were able to go places other tourists would not be allowed. To give you a brief history lesson, the chateau was a summer home for the noble family, the Liechtenstein's. The chateau consisted of four floors and many rooms with special tapestry brought in from different parts of the world. However, the most stunning characteristic about this place was the amazing wood work throughout the entire house. This was very beautiful and detailed oriented. Now, only some remenants are left at the chateau of the Liechstensteins due to fleeing when the Nazi invasion begun. This was truly an amazing experience because we were able to be a part of nobility for one night. The next day, Jiri took us to his home town Havirov. Here we were greeted with open arms and were instantly part of the family. We ate like kings and queens due to the delicious meals that his mother and father cooked for us. We were able to experience Czech cuisine at its finest. However, there is a special moment that we will never forget and that is the Slivovece, plum brandy. On the last night with Jiri, we had a barbeque with his family and friends, Brett and Thersea. Czech would have not been the same without the hospitality of Jiri and his family. They will always be in our hearts. To everyone else, we love and miss you all. Pelas ecxsue any sepllnig erors, we dno't hvae sepllcehck on the BcalkBrrey.
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Anonymous said...

from Terry,
Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Wish we were there. Miss u guys.
Love Mom

Anonymous said...

very very cool...happy you guys have your blackberry!!!!


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