|We opted for one of the larger
rooms at the Domus Henrici for this trip. Packing for a trip in which
we stay in a single hotel for most of the days is very different from packing
for a trip in which we're moving to several different cities. We don't
have to worry at all about the order in which we pack. We know that
when we get to the hotel, we can dump everything out and not have to worry
again until the day that we leave.
||We decided that we really had to visit
the opera on this trip, and when we discovered that "Don Giovanni" would be
presented in the same theater in which Mozart had debuted it more than 200
years ago, we quickly arranged for tickets and packed accordingly.
We weren't quite prepared, however, for the modernized "Don G" in which
he is a rock star driving a Lexus, but we soon realized that when the music
is the same, other things don't matter much at all.
|In Prague, we have found that
the costs for accommodations are not much different from in the other great
European capitals, but we have found the food to be a little cheaper.
One of our favorite places on this trip was Peklo ("Hell") located literally
in the bowels of the earth beneath the Strahov Monastery. It was dark
when we were trying to find the entrance, and we accidentally went into a
restricted area of the monastery. One of the brothers kindly pointed
||If you knew that your American
friend would be visiting Prague on a particular day, I think that you could
guarantee seeing him simply by standing on Charles Bridge and waiting for
him to pass. I'm pretty sure that we were on the bridge at least once
every day and usually more times than that.
|We found that almost all the
sights we wanted to visit could be reached using the tram and the metro.
We learned the Muzeum, Mustek, Staromestska, and Malostranska metro stops,
and tram line 22 from Malostranske namesti to Pohorelec. Anything
else could be reached by foot. We always knew we had reached our "home"
stop when we spotted the statue of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler.