A foggy day in old Prague Town

Trip Start Dec 15, 2013
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Trip End Jan 13, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Today it is officially cold and very foggy. The Italians are out in their furs and gold. Sherree and I are out in our Katmandus and baggalini bag; we are the poor cousins in this neck of the woods. I learned my lesson after yesterday really feeling the cold, and today Sherree braved the cold with even more thermal layers wrapping all exposed parts of her body. So with the bodies prepared for the Arctic chill, we braved the outdoors to do battle with the crowds.

Yesterday Sherree had heard a tour guide tell his rather large flock that a restaurant had a terrace that overlooked the square from the rooftop. So after a look through the Jewish sector of town we sat above and feasted our eyes on the rooftop level of Prague. It really was one of those special moments, Sherree having a warm broth and me having a cold Czech beer just checking out all the church spires

Before lunch we visited the Jewish Ghetto which was decimated during the Second World War; something like 150000 were cut down to a lowly 1500. We walked through a synagogue which had the names, ages, and their last days known before their demise, written on the walls. The walls are totally covered; it brought tears to Sherree's eyes thinking of all the lost souls especially the children. Then to make matters more heart rending there was an exhibit of the kids' art whilst they were imprisoned in the Ghetto. A lady who taught the kids art also met the same fate but she had managed to keep 2 suitcases full of drawings. This was the only things left and it just makes you wonder how people could be so cruel to one another - unbelievable.

Of course the Jewish quarter now has a captive market so they charge quite a hefty fee to go through their museums, synagogues and graveyards. By the end I had well and truly seen enough religious artifacts. No doubt I'm a religious doubting Thomas and most of the Torahs and silver that hadn't been stolen by the Germans looked impressive. I'm not really certain that the German tour guides and groups come down this neck of the woods; they couldn't feel too good about it.

I'm sitting writing this blog on New Years' Eve in a bar in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel because they don't have internet in the rooms. I don't think in this regard that they have kept pace with technology and are on their game but there is a benefit for me. Tonight the hotel is hosting a New Year spectacular and as I write they are rehearsing, and what beautiful dancing girls. Unfortunately I won't be able to watch the real deal later tonight as it's a $250 price tag which is a bit above my pay level. The Concierge told me I was too late anyway. Maybe he was just trying to save me from financial embarrassment. Sherree and I will go into town and join the masses, although I'm not sure how the fireworks will go in the fog?

Happy New Year to all our friends and family wherever you are celebrating. Thinking of you all with love.

Puszi puszi which means kisses!
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Been reading the blog and sharing the photos. Good show thanks. Just had a wonderful roast lamb dinner and now we're saddling up for Chris pudd. Lovely and hot and the beach has been spectacular.

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