Touring Prague and our final concert

Trip Start May 07, 2012
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Trip End May 16, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, May 14, 2012

After breakfast, which was really quite good, we boarded the bus for Prague Castle. The Castle is on top of the highest point in Prague and can be seen from most of the city. It was another beautiful piece of architecture, reminding me of just how young the United States is as a country. When most of these buildings were built, we were still carving log houses out of the wilderness. We performed an informal concert in St. Vitus Cathedral, which took over 600 years to complete. It was finished in the early 1920's. The cathedral was stunningly beautiful, but my favorite part was the stained glass. Our short concert drew an enthusiastic crowd of tourists, many of which hung around for the entire performance.

From the Castle we walked down to the Charles Bridge.  The walk was beautiful, passing shops and hill side vineyards. It was all downhill as well. We were asked to bring our performance clothes for our final concert later in the day, so I brought them in my little rolling suitcase. You could hear me from miles away, as the cobblestone streets plus my suitcase equaled really loud Chris. But, I didn't have to carry a suit and shoes around like some of my other fellow students, so it was a good trade off. The Charles Bridge is really old and is the home of several artists and craftsmen hawking their wares. Some of them were really good.

After crossing the Charles Bridge, which spans the Moldau River, we walked to the Old Town square for lunch.  We saw the procession of apostles that accompanies the hourly tolling of bells at the Astronomical Clock and heard the trumpet player give his hourly fanfare. I had some Czech goulash for lunch and then we were off for our final concert at St. Nicholas Cathedral. We performed a teaser on the steps of the church and then gave our concert.  The church was beautiful, yet again. I can't seem to get over how many of these places exist here. The audience was very enthusiastic, and the ushers had to turn people away because there was no more room. The choir performed very well.

After the concert, we had the afternoon free before dinner. On the way back to the hotel, we came across a theater promoting an aria concert that afternoon.  It featured the works of Mozart and was accompanied by a woodwind trio for whom the orchestral parts had been transcribed. It seemed like a great way to spend the afternoon, so Dr. Burleson, Anthony, Dan and myself decided to go.  It was only once we arrived that we determined that this was not just any theater, but the theater in which Mozart premiered his operas in Prague. The performance was delightful, and the theater was beautiful both inside and out. We had a box on the second balcony, dead center.  They were perfect seats, and I could envision seeing Don Giovanni here back in the day.

Dinner was at the same restaurant that we at lunch at, which was fine by me.  The food and the company were fantastic. The day felt very long, and at the end of it I was quite happy to be back at the hotel and resting for the last full day in Europe.
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