Stopped by Zelda’s room to wish her Happy Birthday and head up together for breakfast at the Fred & Ginger Restaurant. A gorgeous morning, we sat on the 5th floor terrace overlooking the Vltava River eating fresh baked pastries, eggs, bacon, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Though we’ve been traveling together almost two-weeks, there has been little time spent alone together. This morning with Tejomaya still sleeping and Juli off to meet Konstantin at the bus station, it was a perfect time to catch up ...
In actuality, information about the clock was discovered in 1961. Its creator was Imperial clock-producer Mikulás of Kadan. He created the Astronomical Clock in 1410 with the help of Jan Sindel, an astronomer and university professor. During it’s history, the clock has failed a few times and needed to undergo maintenance. Officials even considered replacing it during the late 18th century when no one knew how to fix it. The long needed repair came decades later, around 1865, when the Calendar Dial was added. The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the most famous clocks in the world, the third-oldest of its kind, and the oldest one still in use.
The Astronomical Dial is most likely the oldest clock component and one of the reasons the Prague clock is unique. It illustrates how people of the medieval era observed the universe. The Earth is represented in the center. The bits of blue on the dial represent the skies above the horizon, and the brownish bits depict the skies below the horizon.
Inscribed Latin letters indicate which side is East and which is West; North and South are described by denotations for “above” and “below” the horizon, and marked with Latin words for “dawn” and “twilight,” respectively. The circle of zodiac symbols represent the start above, while the clock hands point to the symbols of our closes stellar bodies — the sun and the moon.
After Face-Timing with Zelda's husband on the phone, we walked across the Jiraskuv Bridge to Manu Resto & Lounge, an Italian restaurant on the river specializing in seafood, for Zelda’s birthday dinner. The food and drinks exceeded all of our expectations, finicky eaters that they are!
Humorously, while we were eating our fabulous meal, Zelda's husband sent us the pitiful meal he was contemplating ... !