Thursday, February 22, 2007

Amber navigates Brno alone.

Amber decided she wanted to go downtown in Brno to shop undisturbed. Apparently the kids and I don't like to go to the same stores she does.

She took the mobile, money and was off.

The kids and I cleaned up for the cleaning lady. It was not fair to leave her with that mess! Then we got some Lunch at Al Capone's, a local pizza joint, the off to the Albert (the Czech equiv. of a grocery store) for a few things for dinner.

Low and behold Amber arrives hungry (was afraid to order alone) with bags of goodies (not afraid enough to shop tho!).

She spent most of the day at Sts. Peter and Paul gift shop and walking thru the gardens.

I caught up on blogs, email and pictures...

Roast chicken for dinner, Amber is napping and the cleaning lady is wondering what the hell happened to the apartment...

More tomorrow.

~pete

Back in Brno

Well now that the Prague trip is over its time to catch up on the pic editing and blog writing. I did a bit on the trip but its hard to keep up.

We got back on Tues. night and promptly went to sleep.

Wednesday was spent walking around Brno looking at shops and churches. It was Ash Wednesday and Amber was looking for a church where she could get her ashes. We found one but mass was just ending and then they were having a prayer service after mass. So we left. We found St. Thomas Church there were people outside looking for a mass but no one could find times or schedules. Bottom line, no ashes. Amber was bummed but the intent was there.

Went to dinner at the Czech Steak House. Not bad, even managed to order desert.

Back home for sleep.

Ok, now the dogs are really barking! - Day 3

Day 3 began early, we had to check out of the hotel and put our bags in lockup for the day.

I arranged for a private guide to take us thru parts of the city most tourists don't get to. Jan (our guide) was wonderful. We met him at the Astronomical Clock at 9:30 and from there he took us thru the city showing us things you would never see without them being pointed out. We went thru the Jewish Quarter and on to the Little Quarter where he walked us up and up and up a hill which overlooked the castle. As it turns out it was a monastery and we were in the gardens overlooking the whole city. Words don't describe it, look at the pictures.



We then walked down and had lunch at a great Mexican Cantina. After lunch we walked thru the Gardens onto the Charles Bridge. He told us little know facts about the Bridge and it's statues. He finally left us outside the hotel.

We the caught the subway up a few stops to the train station. We were able to catch an earlier train to Brno.

Once we got back everyone was asleep right after dinner.

Good time in Prague!

~pete

Owwww my feet hurt even more! Day 2

Day two got off to a slow start, no one was out of bed before 11:00 AM. Jet lag and walking caught up with every one. We started the day by getting ticket for a concert at the Municipal House.

From there we wandered around the city looking at more sights, buildings and architecture. We walked up to Prague Castle, by the time we got there they were about to close so we could only walk around for about an hour. While we were there we did get to see the changing of the Castle Guard.

We went to see the concert and then dinner afterwards ... in bed by 9:00 PM.

Owwww my feet hurt! Day 1

Take a good look at the subject line of this blog entry... its the new mantra of the Graner family. It has been been sung non stop by everyone on this trip.

Saturday we walked all around Brno, spent the most time at Sts. Peter & Paul church



We started the Prague adventure at 6:00 AM Sunday. We had a 7:50 AM train from Brno to Prague. The train ride was uneventful, Amber and the kids took a nap and we arrived a few hours later. A quick subway ride (about 5 stops) we got off at the Muzuem (yes its spelled right) stop which was a few hundred meters from our hotel. We are staying at the Ramada on Wenceslas Square very nice hotel and moderately priced.

We checked in the hotel, dropped off bags then went out to explore Prague. We started to walk towards the Charles Bridge. After 30 minutes we hadn't gone more then a few hundred feet, Amber was mesmerized by all the shops and insisted on going in every one. After explaining to her that there are hundreds of thousands of "shops" and if she ever wanted to see anything that we needed to keep moving. That worked OK until she got past the Astronomical Clock and started hitting Marionette shops. It took us over an hour to walk less than a mile to the Charles Bridge. The whole time Matt was griping that he was bored, hungry... list list goes on and on.

Once we got thru the shops we made it to the The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and the Astronomical Clock. From there we worked our way down to the Charles Bridge. Amber was totally floored by the sculpture, and history. It took us about and hour and a half to cross the bridge. We stopped at every vendor. Several hundred Korunas later we made it to the other side. We stopped at a Cafe and had a drink and a small bite to eat.

From there we were on a mission. Amber wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Child Infant of Prague . If you don't know what it is click the link.

We got to the Church of Our Lady Victorious (where the infant is housed) and Amber immediately began say the prayers, which left the kids an myself wandering around the church. We found ourselves in the gift shop at the church, when a Priest came up to the kids and started talking to them. As we found out his name is Fr. Anastasio the Pastor of the Church. He talked to Rebecca and Matthew and told us of his missions in Central Africa and gave the kids a few gifts in return for doing a mission for him. The gifts were pictures of of religous symbols made out of butterfly wings. Once Amber gets back to the US she will scan them and I'll put them online. My description doesn't do justice. Amber collected various bits of religious memorabilia.

From the Church we wandered back to the hotel stopping at several churches and shops along the way.

The kids and I went down the street to a local pub for dinner, Amber stayed upstairs and slept... an extended nap you could call it.

On to day two...