Another gorgeous day! … While dressing this morning I flipped through a magazine in the room with the most incredible eyeglasses by Prada … perhaps this will be today’s quest … or just another impossible dream!
This morning Juli, Konstantin and Tejomaya rose early to hike up to Petrin Observation Tower on the other side of the river. Meanwhile, after a leisurely morning of organizing my things, Zelda and I met for breakfast. Once everyone showed up, a plan was made. While the kids showered and changed, Zelda and I start making our way to the Old Town Square where we would all rendezvous.
Taking a more circuitous route to the Old Town Square, retracing many of my steps from yesterday as I meandered through narrow back streets to Dancing House, we found ourselves back at the Golden Crown Jewelry store, where I found the same beautiful amber with coral necklace yesterday. While Zelda tried on a few amber necklaces, I found a pair of earrings for a niece, who is housesitting for me, and another pair for me!
Hot and humid again today, Zelda and I sat at an outdoor café and waited for the others. Though still hot, the cafés fans have misters that are really effective.
After cold drinks, we crossed through the Old Town Square passing the Jan Hus Monument honoring one of the most important personalities in Czech history and who, one-hundred years before the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther, was burnt as a heretic for his reformist ideas. Hus was dean of the Charles University, and in 1410, was excommunicated by the pope for his ideas and criticism of church practices. Despite that, he continued preaching until 1415.
Overhearing a docent, I learned that there are two kinds of Jewish burial monuments. The oldest are simple, rectangular slabs of stone or wood. Around the 17th century more decorated gravestones came into fashion with ornamental pilasters, volutes, false portals and the like. All gravestones are inscribed with Hebrew letters that tell the deceased person’s name and date of death or burial.
Peckish, we head to Les Moules on Parizska for a delicious lunch — oddly, I was the only one who ordered mussels, which I adore. Their mussels are cultivated in the middle part of the west coast of Denmark on lines about 500 meters offshore — and “there is never more than 12 hours from the time they are harvested to being served. Les Moules offers 12 ways their mussels are prepared ... and according to information provided, customers consume about 2,500 kilograms every month!
Finding ourselves back at the Old Town Square, we headed back to Dancing House, through narrow, windy streets and past wonderful graffiti. Getting turned around, we discovered our approach was from the same direction as when arrived two-days ago!
After freshening up a bit and grabbing reading material, Zelda and I walked along the Vltava River to Most Legii (Bridge of Legions) to Streleckeho Ostrova (Shooters Island) for cold glasses of lemonade. This island is one of a system of island parks in the Vltava River. First mentioned in the 12th century, this island was home to the monastic order of Johanitas in the 14th century.
Sitting on the upstairs terrace of a café across the river from the National Theatre, we watched as peddle boats filled with families, young people and older couples floated by. We watched the National Theatre turn golden in the waning sunlight.