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Travel tales to Paris, Reims, Prague, Kutna Hora and a small FGT at Harriets wine and cheese tasting!

Travel tales to Paris, Reims, Prague, Kutna Hora and a small FGT at Harriets wine and cheese tasting!

Apr 9th, 2007, 08:11 AM
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Hi Lucygirl, on the sncf website, they were prems and 10 euro each way. I got them 6 weeks in advance, and had them mailed to Hotel Mayfair.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 09:17 AM
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Great thanks pj..I felt kind of dumb asking but I've never been outside paris and this time we're going to reims--I couldn't figure out how to do it yet.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 04:33 PM
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We take the tram to the castle. When we arrive we watch the changing of the guard. Which is always cool. It is definitely a city up here!
We are at St.Vitus catherdral, the construction took from 1344 to 1929! We admire the Mucha window, but I am getting toured out about now. We did break for lunch with Sarka a couple hours previous, at a vegetarian place. It was delicous, it was in old town. We meander over to Goldsmith lane. It is so different than all the grand architecture we have been seeing. We saw Kafka's house on Golden lane no. 22. We then have a coffe and cake break at a little cafe in golden lane. They have kafka sugar packs, interesting! I needed this break and we are saying good bye to Sarka and paying her also. She was a gem, I learned so much in this tour. We then take the Old Castle stairway down to the tram and we head back to Hotel Maxmillian and call it a night.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 05:53 PM
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Today there is no itiniary. We are going to start walking and rest and drink when we feel like it!
We end up at this shop that sells Marrionettes. The real authentic ones, not the cheesy ones on Karlova lane. The lady working the shop was delightful. We had fun trying our hand at the marrionettes. What a joke! We bought tickets from her for the Don Giovanni show. It was at the National Marionette Theater Zatecka street. We are seeing this tommorow.
We decide to have a beer, we actually have been drinking alot of beer in Prague. The weather has been glorious in Prague, quite the contrast to Paris.
We continue toward the castle, cross Charles Bridge and decide to meander in mala strana. Wow they are some steep and winding streets. I love this area. We buy some more beer and sandwiches for a picnic closer to the top by the castle. We are walking along this wall now, what a panoramic view of Prague. It is the best, time for a beer break. We are in awe of such a beautiful view of Prague. We then make it to the castle complex and wander aroung looking at all the buildings.
We walk down old castle road and cross a different bridge than Charles. We see a boat moored by the bridge with great views, wonderful sunshine and beer. So we relax on the water it was just what we needed. I have picked up little pamphlets from street vendors and I pulled one out that sounded interesting. The Best of World Musicals, at St. Michael church. Music from My fair lady, west side story, miss saigon, les miseralbles, evita.
So we decide to go. It was OK, glad we went though, it was actually funny. Very serious and formal in this little room, and she sang in english with a very heavy accent,so it was different!
We bought some cheese and bread, olives and beer and made dinner in our room tonight.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 03:48 AM
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Today we are going to visit the Mucha musseum in new town. We are going to explore Josef area more in depth.
It is very beautiful area and it is hard to imagine it was ever a ghetto. Very moving hearing about all the history.
We ate at Cartouche's, felt like a cave. It was a theme restaurant but we needed some beer and food and it looked interesting. We did have good food here.
Mucha museum was so worth seeing. I learned alot about this man. They have a video that is very good too. The prints were just breathtaking. I recommend this museum.
We ate thai food tonight. The orange moon close to our hotel. Good food, and good beer too.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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We also did a Sabai massage at our hotel this evening it was wonderful. Tommorw Kutna Hora, that is our last day.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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Hi, psj,

great report - shame about the throat, but you came through.

your visit to reims reminded me of my first trip "abroad" aged 12, with my parents on a driving holiday to France and Germany. Our first stop after the ferry from Dover was Reims, where after the Cathedral, we repaired to a local cafe, after which my mum needed to use the facilites. It turned out that the ladies was through the gents urinal area - not what we were used to in the english midlands!

I've been to Reims several times since, and it is undellibly linked in my mind with THAT cafe!

So far as Prague is concerned, we were there between Christmas and New year in 2004, and it was packed!

regards, ann
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Apr 10th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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I had Sarka as a guide 2 years ago in Prague. She's great! Also LOVED the beer in Prague -- Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen!
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Apr 11th, 2007, 09:29 AM
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Last installment of my trip. We are off to Kutna Hora. We took the bus there, I think the trip took 1 hour 20 minutes. The bus was modern and looked like a lot of tourist heading to the same destination.
We arrive and walk to the city center. I will give you a little background to the city. It is on UNESCO's list. It was considered the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia.It was one of greatest sources of silver in the medieval europe.
Since the Italian court was there, it has alot if Italian influences. Beautiful city, lots of churches and pedestrian plaza. The two churches we are interested in are St. Barbara and the bone church. We walk to St. Barbara it is spectacular, it is scaffolded on the outside. The church interior is beautiful gothic, it was worth visiting. We then have pizza back in town at the piazza.
We cab it to the bone church. I thought it was very interesting and respectful of the dead. It is hard to get an idea from pictures, I thought it was another worhwhile church. We then cab it to train, and ride the train instead of bus to Prague. last night in Prague coming up.
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