Vysehrad and Klementinum Tour Today!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2013
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Trip End Jul 15, 2013


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Well, it's a Starbucks morning again, with our usual trek down 105 steps and walking to the local Starbucks!  Great time for relaxing and watching people go by.

After our lattes, we took the metro a couple of stops (wish that I could remember them), then took a tram to Vysehrad Fort.  We certainly had an interesting time of it getting into the fort once we exited the tram.  Ended up trekkin'  up a back street (well, more like hiking up rough terrain with construction guys on the one side) only to enter through the back way.  When we looked where we had come from, it said "No Exit" in Czech.  Well, we interpreted what we saw as no exit. 

This is what Wikipedia says: "Vyšehrad is a historical fort located in the city of Prague, Czech
Republic. It was probably built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River".

When we finally made our way inside, we meandered through and around streets.  Saw some choir boys and filming crew getting ready to go into the St. Peter and Paul castle for a production of some sort.  Following the pathways landed us at the top of the fort overlooking the city and up and down the Vltava River.  There were some, what looked like, extreme BMX bikers who were having their pictures taken.  Over the course of the rest of our tour, we saw them performing a number of different feats, and checking out other scary situations that you can do on one of those bikes that give normal people the willies! LOL 

After enjoying another lunch out at this fort, we gradually made our way back to the Klementinum for the hour long tour, including the Mirror Chapel where we were to enjoy the 6pm concert, the Baroque Library Hall, which was phenomenal, and another major stair climb trek to the top of the Astronomical Tower. 

The concert in the Mirror Hall of the Klementinum featured 4 female violinists, and an organ accompanist.  Music from Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Spring, Summer), Schubert's Ava Maria, Pachelbel's Kanon (at about 8x normal tempo it seemed, as it took me a while to figure out that they were in fact playing it), and Mozart and Bach music to name a few.  The chapel was pretty much full, which was great for the performers. 

Following the performance, Blair had to return to the flat.  Denise I spent more time in the Old Town Square because there was Jazz music being featured on a main stage.  We needed to enjoy our glass of wine and some cheese, bread and fruit. 

It was a great way to end another full and busy day prior to our final trek up 105 steps to end the day at the flat!
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