We were greeted at the airport in Prague by quite a crowd - in
the following picture, from left to right: dad, Charles, Eshaia
We arrived on the second anniversary of a very sad event so we
immediately headed to the cemetery to pay our respects.
Next we headed out to our country home, about 25 miles south
of Prague. On the way we stopped at the Konopiste Castle for
a serving of Svickova and some good cold beer.
Dad had done an amazing amount of work on the contry home
since we last visited - it's now ready for visitors.
In fact, if you're in the neighborhood and want to spend
some time there, just let us know.
Next stop - Rene's house in Velke Popovice. Rene is the
dad of Jindra, the girl that Caite was room-mating with
while she went to high school in Prague.
Of course, it would be blasphemy to visit Popovice and
not sample the local product (Kozel).
The only civilized way to start each morning is with a
good cup of espresso, of course, after which it's time
to go shopping for sweet things.
Charles is a busy businessman and his cell phone kept
ringing all the time, even in the middle of the Charles
On the other side of the moat we visited Charles' niece
Majda, she who used to be afraid of "Ukola".
The best part of visiting Prague is always seeing old friends,
here it's Pavel Marek Jr. (the famous film director). Too many
friends, too little time ...
We all love trains, so we always look for an excuse to ride
them - this time we went to the castle of Krivoklat. Some
of us were a bit tired from all the traveling, though.
We crossed one short bridge and arrived at our destination - a
pub with plenty of good, cheap beer! Did anyone mention a castle ?
After the beer transfusion we started making our way up the hill
but it was a bit of a struggle.
Fortunately, there was a nice pub next to the castle serving
beer an excellent svickova - definitely worth the climb! By
the time we finished and headed back the weather turned a
bit against us.
One can only wonder what's on Charles' mind as we gather for
a fancy dinner the last night of our stay ...