C is for Czech Republic

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My Czech Republic Christmas Mementos

I’ve been living in my daughter’s guest room for nearly two and a half years!  I’ve got three storage units in different states. But does that dampen my enthusiasm for collecting more “stuff”?!   The answer is no, much to my son-in-law’s chagrine. There is nothing more satisfying than finding some little something with a […]

How Many “BEST” Days Can I Have?

Good thing I’m leaving tomorrow because this was the best day yet! I met Zoe’s neighbor Jitka, a puppetry artist who also decorates eggs in the Czech tradition. What a privilege to meet in her home, a creative haven where art is visible in every corner. Jitka patiently taught me how to apply melted wax–white […]

Wake-up Call for Eva

I cannot recommend Zoe Brooks, Czech Tours, highly enough.  Today we began our excursion by imposing upon one of Zoe’s best friends, Eva. Eva has been sailing the North Sea and Zoe thought she still was–until a blurry eyed Eva appeared in the window while I’m snapping photos of her charming Gingerbread cottage!  But Eva […]

Czech Republic Starring Roles: Castles and Beer

What a whirlwind day!  I enjoyed fascinating conversation ranging from the Hussite wars to carp for Christmas Eve. Zoe drove us through the countryside to several destinations. There were discoveries around every bend in the road.  We regularly passed roadside shrines the kindly Czech people built for the safety of travelers. They also planted endless rows […]

A Fairy Tale Town Exists!

I’ve arrived in the fairy tale town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and guess where I’m staying?!? On the steps of the castle!!  It’s extraordinary!  I’m lucky to have the companionship of Zoe Brooks, a Brit who fell in love with this place ten years ago. It was natural for her because […]

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! Since I’m always grabbing water (and scoping out new chocolate bars, let’s be honest) at […]

The High Price of Laundry in the Czech Republic

I made a colossal mistake!  I needed to wash my clothes but there aren’t any self service laundromats. So I decided to bite the bullet and have it done here at the hotel.  I returned to my room to find my fresh laundry and a bill for 4,320 Czech crowns.  That seemed like a lot […]

C is for the Czech Republic

My niece, Ali, texted me a picture of what is considered the most beautiful library in the world. Guess where it is? Prague. So I headed to the Klementinum library, a fine example of Baroque architecture founded by Jesuits in the 1700’s. The tour started in a chapel that regularly has concerts–I’m going to one […]

Oktoberfest

My train ride to Munich turned into an Oktberfest celebration!  As we got closer to Munich the train filled up with passengers sporting lederhosen and Bavarian dirndl skirts. My seat mates began passing out  spirits, pretzels, and beef sticks. It was only the beginning of what I’m sure will be a festive weekend for everyone. […]