Last Request: Another Trdelnik!

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Last Request: Another Trdelnik!

I covered a lot of ground today, my last day in Prague. I started at a synagogue I discovered–it wasn’t in a guidebook.  These spectacular buildings are everywhere! And here’s another thing, all the cobblestone sidewalks are decorated with patterns!

imageSince I’m always grabbing water (and scoping out new chocolate bars, let’s be honest) at a mini-mart I’ve noticed several things.  First, there is an impressive array of cannabis products available in every form:  lollipops, chocolate bars, tea, cookies, chips–whatever you want.   Second, the clerks are curt and don’t tolerate fools.  Perhaps this is true of minimarts everywhere?

I arrived at The National Gallery of Prague,  or Veletržní Palace, where they have the largest collection of art in the Czech Republic–applied art as well as fine art. A country’s art reflects the collective emotions and attitudes of its history. I enjoyed learning about the Czech people as I leisurely absorbed their offerings. And it was free yesterday!  See?  The universe is compensating me for the laundry bill.

Then I had to hot foot my way through the Jewish quarter, past the castle, and beyond to Kinsky Park. This is like Central Park or Golden Gate Park and I wished for more time to explore. But my destination was the Musaion in the Kinsky Gardens Park.

Also known as the Ethnographical Museum, it was a treat! It is off the beaten track but worth a visit. It shows handicrafts of the Bohemian people and how they managed their natural resources to make a living. There were costumes used for holidays and weddings that demonstrated impressive sewing and textiles. Another section displayed farm implements and machinery–my dad would have LOVED this part!

I headed home with one thought in mind: another trdelnik! And my dream became a reality.

 

Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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