New day, New story
Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
20Trip End Aug 07, 2010
Today, we are in the charming city of Olomouc (kind of like "Oh-lo-mOHtz"). It has quickly become one of my favourites. :) Petra & I agree that it is better than Brno, by FAR. Getting here, though, was a mini adventure in itself.
We got up early (6am) in order to shower, pack, & make it in time for the 7am tram. Getting up & packing went well enough, but the landlord wasn't in, so Petra lost out on some money for returning the room keys. We couldn't wait for him because of the tram. Which we missed. So we caught the next one! No problem. From there, we trecked to the bus station. An hour & a half later, we had to catch another tram. *phew* We finally arrived in Olomouc & searched for our hostel. In our own typical, round-about way, we found it, but finding the door was an issue all in itself. The landlord ended up coming out to find us, lol. But at least he was friendly
I think I really made it sound worse than what it really was, but when you're up early, carrying heavy loads, and you're just ready to plop onto the hostel bed...it can seem pretty aggravating. From there, it went pretty well, though. :)
We walked around to discover this city where neither of us have been before. Our first stop was a church. And WOW was it a church. We walked through the doors & it appeared to be like any other historical, & beautiful, church we've seen before. No way. For when we walked around the...I don't know how to describe it, it's like, when you walk in, there's immediately a wall in front of you with information, which you have to walk around to actually enter the church. So, once we made it around that wall, it was like I had the breath taken from me. Woa. I have never seen a church more beautiful, more magnificant, than this one. It was simply that: breath taking. Even Petra, who has seen far more old & gorgeous churches than I, both in Czech & out (places like Italy, etc), said that she's never seen a church like this one. It was...indescribably beautiful. Which is why I took pictures. :) Which will be nothing like actually being there, but it's better than my vague adjectives. (Sorry, folks.)
After walking through the church completely, even exploring an underground prayer room & the bell tower, we headed back out into the sun to see the rest of the city
Tired of venturing, we went back to the hostel, where we lounged (I slept while Petra was on the computer, because she couldn't fall asleep) for a good...oh...5 hours? It was a nice nap. :) I have no idea why I was SO exhausted, but it felt like the jet-lag I should've gotten a week ago finally arrived in all its glory. Very weird. Anywho.
We finally made it back out, wandered around in search of a good place for supper, got completely stuffed on pasta (and really good tea, in my case), & meandered back to our little cave for the rest of the evening.
Our hostel is actually pretty neat. It's in a pretty old building, so it's got lots of character & a nice "court yard" type space when you first enter the gate. The rooms could use a little sprucing, color mainly, ...and maybe some new door handles... but hey - I still like it. :) Plus, we're only here for one night.
Well, people, time I say ahoj. It's dark out now. Maybe Petra & I will watch a movie before bed, but who knows. *shrug* She just got on the phone with Pavel, so I don't know when she'll be off. Anywho, life is good. :)