Getting a Handle from..., er, on PragueCHAPTER 21: IN WHICH WE CZECH OUT SOME BOHEMIAN BLUESGRASS
Around the World, Day 21: Ljubljana, Slovenia to Prague, Czech Republic. Sadly we had to end our time in Slovenia much too soon. Even our drive to Ljubljana's quiet little airport this morning offered up some beautiful scenery in the form of snow-capped foothills of the Slovenian Alps.
|A bit of last minute Slovenian eye candy|
As he delivered us to the Hunger Wall Residence (a historic reference we will illuminate later), we explained that Ken's ancestors had indeed once dwelled in this area, which prompted a tongue-in-cheek inquiry about why the name had not been changed to Vienner after the family's move to Austria. At the hotel, we had a similar reception, with the manager on duty informing us that we were the first people named Prager to stay with them.
Feeling very much at home, we dropped our bags in the apartment and headed out to visit Prague Castle. The corner grocery store sold us passes for the tram, which conveniently ran along the street outside. Number 22 took us directly to the 18-acre castle property, which encloses a collection of attractions linked by courtyards. Of course, each requires an admission fee, so when you purchase a ticket, your cost is based on how many of the places you want to see. Since we arrived after 4 p.m., we opted for about half the sights.
|Prague Castle complex (at top of photo)|
|Spectacular chancel of St. Vitus Cathedral|
|Prague from castle hill|
Matej Ptaszek and the Dobre Rano Blues Band was one of several musical groups performing on the bridge today. The band plays American music of the Mississippi River, blending it with elements of bluegrass, to create what they term blues-grass. Their sound definitely caught our ears. Using a brass megaphone or the horn ripped from an old gramophone, Ptaszek has also crafted his own personalized singing technique, which has been described as "baroque country tenor." Regular performers on the Charles Bridge, the Good Morning Blues Band has developed a following among blues lovers throughout Europe. Here's a little taste of their unique style.
Matej Ptaszek from Road Junkies on Vimeo.
We'll remain in Prague until Friday and look forward to more exploration of this popular city.
- Miles flown: 269
- Miles walked: 3.1
- Weather: 41° to 59°, sunny
- Snow-capped mountains: 327
- Pedestrians on Charles Bridge: 5,216
- Tour groups at Prague Castle: 103
- Performers on Charles Bridge: 26
- Cobblestones in Prague: 25, 372, 987, 145, 820
- Lovelocks on Prague bridges: 82,165
More Photos from Today
|New Orangery at Prague Castle|
|Love locks on bridge|
|So many lovers, so many locks|
|Prague street snacks (spiral potato chips on a stick)|