The Kristofor and the Ham

Trip Start Apr 25, 2013
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Trip End Nov 02, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, August 4, 2013

It was pure pleasure to round off an eventful evening in Prague. Old Prague Ham they called it. A fitting name to be consumed in Old Town Square. We ordered a slab of it, around half a kilo, off the spit. Lean, boneless, smokey, delicious, crispy. Best meat ever. It went down a treat with a local beer, as we relaxed to the tunes of the Prague Jazz festival, amid a beautiful sunset backdrop. It was a perfect end to the day, yet much had come before.
We slept in, again. How could we be blamed? The beds are just too comfortable. Plus, we missed breakfast. We picked up a burger lunch on our way to the Prague Castle. The funny thing about Prague, is a 0.5L of beer, is generally well cheaper at a restaurant than 0.3L of soft drink. This factor is converting Nat to a beer drinker. She found a nice lemon flavored one today.
We climbed to the castle entrance by around 1pm. Its free entry to the castle grounds, but entering any of the buildings will cost you; 250CZK for a short trip or 350CZK for a long trip. We picked the short, and it was enough, especially on another 35C day. It cost me 50CZK for a photography license. Doubtful the hoardes of tour groups had these. Our ticket got us into St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. The Cathedral was spectacular with vivid stained glass windows and beautiful Gothic architecture. The Basilica was a small chapel. The Golden Lane was like a mini Czech open air museum with old homes, Armour, weapons, and old lifestyle. I fired a crossbow here! My aim needs work. The tower here once was used for imprisonment and torture. The Palace, was really boring and ordinary. Pretty low standard for the housing of nobility!
We left the castle, grabbed some ice cream and found some grassy shade to escape the heat. Within half hour the weather had started to turn. By the time we left the castle it was cloudy and on our descent, it was raining. By the time we arrived near the Rudolfinum Theatre, a storm was brewing. It hit so suddenly, a howling wind, with heavy rain. Armed with only the worlds worst iced coffees, we ran for shelter. In minutes, it felt like a tropical storm had hit. A hot air balloon was knocked from the sky, advertising signs blown over, tree branches ripped off, the crash of lightning and bangs of bits and pieces being blown about. Being in the torrential rain for seconds meant being soaked or blown over.
We sheltered in the theatre, and ultimately purchased discount tickets to a classical music concert. The show was excellent with the best of Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Panchelbel and more, lasting around 80 minutes.
By the time the concert was over, so was the storm. We emerged to a clearing sky, and moved on to find the Jazz festival, and meet the ham of my dreams. Tomorrow, we move to a new hotel.
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