Hello from Prague

 *Note – this is the first time that I ever blogged and used so many pictures so some of my formatting may be a touch off – I promise to get better

Arrived in the beautiful city of Prague yesterday after I was “lucky”dog enough to get a free biz class upgrade on Delta coming across the pond. How do you ask? Well they oversold coach and since I am a platinummedallion why not?  Memo to Michele Bernstein who does the menus for DL’s biz elite –  I have to tell you DL does an awful job of honoring your food.  The flight attendants didn’t do a good job of cooking the food via the microwave. The soup was cold the rolls weren’t warmed through properly and were hard as a result and they never offered people the ice cream dessert. Not that I needed it but it is nice to be asked.  I watched the movie “the reader” on the way over and I can’t recommend it enough it was very good.

When I arrived in Prague the ground transportation company didn’t come pick me up – so that sort of sucked.  Got to this communist looking Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza – that screamed government  hotel in the old days but was pleasantly surprised the rooms aren’t bad at all. When we asked out hotel CSM about the property – he said it was started in 1953 but finished in 1957 and it was used for training Russian soldiers hence they have 16 meeting rooms. The lobby bar is absolutely beautiful – although expensive a bottle of water there cost me about $15.00 USD last night.  The hotel isn’t located in the best of areas. To get to the city center you have to take a tram and a subway for about 20 minutes to get to where you need to be.  Which is exactly what I did.  Since I am a foodie by trade that is exactly what I took pictures of – lots of food.

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaze - Prague

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaze - Prague

A couple of fun things that always happen along the way – is everyone is reglious about using the crosswalks. No one jaywalks here.  The local’s call the crosswalks – Zebra stripes which is appropriate if you think about it.  In Prague they have these hot dog /sausage/hamburger stands on almost every corner. Instead of putting lettuce on their hamburgers they put cabbage.  Take a look at the addp1040089
 I started off by have just 1/2 of a spicy sausage with mustard – which is a spicy mustard and onions.  I was scared to eat the entire thing as it would clog my heart for ever so I just had half.  This cost me $130 Prague which was about $6.50 USD – their Czech Krom is $1 Czech buck to .05 USD.

Sausage with mustard and onions in Prague

 Beside the stand was a little ice cream store front.  I got a lemon sorbet – 1 scoop for .15 krom which was .75 USD – I like this because it is portion control none of the oversize ice creams that you see in the US. The Europeans LOVE their ice cream and there is never a shortage of gelato shops anywhere in Europe.

Lemon or as they say Citron Sorbet

Lemon or as they say Citron Sorbet

This is  a pic of the 2 ladies working the storefront. They were happy actually to have their picture made.

Next I went to the Communist Museum. It gave the history of Czekloslovakia and how they became communist after WWII – thanks a lot France for selling them out at the end of the 1930’s. What communist life was like for their folks and then the fall of communisium in the late 80’s early 1990’s.  This small museum was next to the McDonalds and housed a cheap casino in the same building.

Poster of the Communism Museum

Poster of the Communism Museum

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There are lots of interesting things to learn about in the museum but one of the things that I read about – was the sports in a communist country.  We laugh as the heavy athletics part of these sports at the Olympics were heavily particpated by communist countries – they explain why in the museum. Joseph Stalin wanted the youth of these countries to be very athletic in nature because if they ever had to go back to war their folks would be in good shape. 

Then they did an area that talked about the propaganda on how in factories at times they would have people putting on gas masks because they were told the US could invade them at any time.  Can you imagine growing up being so scared of this.  Then they talked about the shop keepers in the grocery stores were very low paid. In order to make money they would take the items that were so hard to come by and hide them under the display cabinets in the shelves this way when the wives of government officals came in they would have them in stock and these folks would tip the shopkeeper for taking care of them. 

Bar of chocolate from communist czech

Bar of chocolate from communist czech

After the museum – I took a little walk around a section of old town.  I hit about this famous astrolonomical clock to see wood statuettes of saints appear.

The Astronomical Clock - Prague - Old Town

The Astronomical Clock - Prague - Old Town

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After all this walking it was time for a snack – so I had a trdelnik the Czech equivalent of a doughnut.  Best eaten hot, straight from the baker.  Who am I to argue. That is exactly what I did. 

Tredelnik - a Czech doughnut

Tredelnik - a Czech doughnut

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As I was walking around the streets I came across a nice brewhouse that I thought was lovely and then the next picture is this seating is on a swing which I thought was kool as can be.

Pilsner House

Pilsner House

These individual cabana's are actually gliders

These individual cabana's are actually gliders

 For dinner – I went to a Thai restaurant – my faovorite cuisine. This restaurant was located near the St. Charles bridge.  In Czech they are known for their glass/crystal etc. Many of you know there are a ton of shops all over the city.  This restaurant was unique because a glass maker displays his wares throughout the restaurant giving it a great environment.  Then in the downstairs area is his showroom.  Seriously – I just had a snack of chicken larb – jasmine rice – it was beautifully presented.

Chicken Larb

  

Jasmine Rice

Jasmine Rice

I was invited to go to the artists show room  after I ate – to be hones there wasn’t much to look at but I liked this shelving display as I walked down to the showroom.
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It was about this time it was getting late and I decided that time to head back to the hotel. I had to make some phone calls back to the US before heading to bed.  So this was my story for my first day in Prague and I am sticking with it.
Claire

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