Day at leisure

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
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Trip End Sep 23, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, September 17, 2012

Today we were on our own schedule and despite the fact that we had the opportunity to sleep in, we still woke up early. By 7:45AM we were having breakfast and planning today's adventure.

Today we visited the Jewish Quarter and its Synagogues. Each synagogue has a small museum inside but because it is the High Holidays they are closed to the public. Nevertheless, we saw them from outside as I narrated the story of each one. We made our own personal tour.

We also visited the Jewish Cementery which is very curious because the tombstones are arranged almost one on top of the other. This is because Jews could only be buried at this cementery and nowhere else. The cementery wasn't big enough to accommodate  the Jewish population, thus forcing them to dig very deep burial sites where they could accommodate up to 12 corpses vertically. Every time someone was buried a tombstone was placed in front of the other one making it look very crowded. As with the rest of Europe, Czech Jews were also persecuted and only about 30% survived the war.

After our little tour we headed to the Gastronomic Museum, which mom had eyed since day one. It was quite interesting with clear explanations and good visuals. It talks about the history of gastronomy from the caveman era through the Middle Ages, Renaissance period and the modern times. It includes the story of cutlery, brigade system and the modern kitchen. Important personalities such as Escoffier, Vareme and Savarin where featured. If you are an avid foodie like my parents and I, you would have heard of these important innovators in the world of food.

This afternoon we dropped dad off at the hotel and mom and I continued to the pedestrian streets for some last minute shopping. With our purchases in hand we sat at the Old Town Square for some refreshments and a short break. Excellent place for people watching. We couldn't help ourselves and had to purchase another Trdensik doughnut. This is probably the last time we will enjoy them since we are leaving for Berlin in the morning.

As promised, this evening we returned to Jewell of India Restaurant to enjoy some samosas. The meal did not disappoint and we filled our bellies with the delicious curries, briyahni and garlic nan. This little jewel in the middle of Prague will be missed as we continue our journey to new lands.

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