Friday, May 18, 2018
We received an email informing us that the Elbe River was experiencing low water levels, and it was possible we would not be able to sail. Uh, oh! Of course, we would follow the basic itinerary, just not by boat.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
We drove our car down to the Avalon Rapid station. (Brynne would walk down to retrieve the car after her work.) We took the Rapid Blue Line train to the 55th Street station, and had to transfer to a bus, due to track work being done at the next station. We were dropped off at Terminal Tower, to take the Red Line train to the Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
It took us more than an hour to go through security. We started in the TSA Pre-check line, but upon reaching the TSA officer, our boarding passes (printed at home) would not scan. The officer told us to go to regular security, or get new boarding passes. We were closer to regular security, and waited in line there. As we neared the TSA officers, their scanners looked no different than the ones at the Pre-check. You guessed it; the boarding passes did not scan here either. So back to the ticket counter to wait in another line to get new boarding passes, and finally through the Pre-check security line.
Our 14:48 Delta flight was delayed. By the time we arrived at JFK, we only had a three-hour layover, instead of five hours!
We departed at 21:28 for Prague in the Czech Republic.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Arrived a bit early in Prague at 11:30. Picked up Czech korunas at an ATM and stopped at Tourist Information to pick up our Prague Cards. Using the Prague Card, we took the Airport Express bus to the main train station.
|Prague Main Train Station/Praha Hlavní nádraží (1901-1909 designed|
by Josef Fanta in Art Nouveau style, extended during communist period)
|Main Train Station interior with coats of arms of all|
the destination cities of the time
|Original dome and stained glass|
|See the carved women's faces representing Prague as the "Mother of Cities"|
(statues and reliefs created by the sculptor Ladislav Šaloun)
|Statue of Woodrow Wilson (original 1928, taken down|
by Nazis in 1941, replaced in 2012), who supported an
independent Czechoslovakia after World War I;
the station was named for him from 1919-1938
We walked from the train station to the left along Washingtonova, passing a scaffold-covered State Opera/Státní opera. It was sunny and hot as we turned right into Wenceslas Square/Václavské náměstí to find our Art Nouveau Hotel Meran.
|Hotel Meran (1895-1906, by the Hajek family)|
|Our hotel room|
|Kent at the hotel entrance|
|Wenceslas Square/Václavské náměstí; view north|
|Wenceslas Square/Václavské náměstí; view south toward|
the National Museum/Národní muzeum, which is under restoration
We ended up walking back to their hotel, but continued to a recommended restaurant for lunch. We sat outside at the Potrefená Husa, which literally means something like "shot or wounded goose," but is a phrase related to the UK "if the cap fits...," and the US "if the shoe fits, wear it." Either way, it is a strange name for a restaurant chain.
|Potrefená Husa restaurant|
|Guláš/Goulash with potato pancakes|
|Svíčková (marinated beef sirloin in a purée of vegetables and cream,|
served with bread dumplings and cranberry sauce)