Since Prague was such a big city and our next, destination, Brno, was a smaller city, we decided to spend the morning in Prague and take a late train to Brno. We wandered into the old town and checked out their market, which was more chochkies than fun, but we did pick up a wooden alphabet puzzle game for only 3 American dollars – Success!
After walking old town we headed south to Frank Gehry’s “Fred and Ginger” building which as you can guess is named after Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers and is a building with two intertwined towers, evoking the image of the two film stars dancing their way through…. (insert movie here). While admiring Fred and Ginger, the skies OPENED and we were forced to find cover – in a fancy restaurant houseboat. What a life! This turned into a luxurious 3 hour lunch replete with wine, multiple courses and after-lunch aperitifs. Of course, as always, out little one stole the show and wowed the waiters.
After lingering in Prague we hustled to the train and took the short hop to Brno, where we checked into our hotel and went out for a quick dinner in the New Square.
Guidebook – For the next leg of our trip we used Fodor’s Eastern and Central Europe
. We don’t’ normally use books that cover such a wide area because it means they only cover the cities; but in this case that was all we were covering as well. We occasionally hit an area not in the book but overall it was a perfect fit. It was great only having to carry around one book for more than 2 weeks of travel. For travel in Europe Fodor’s travel books are our go-to.
Fred and Ginger – It’s just fun. It only takes a few minutes to wonder by so why not. It you’re a fan of Architecture Fred and Ginger is already on your list, for everyone else you might as well take a look too. – See if you can
Houseboat – We had a nice (unplanned) meal on a renovated, docked houseboat. It was a great experience. We had heard of the docked house boats on the river many of them renovated for commercial use before visiting Prague. We had looked at staying on during our stay, but it was cost prohibitive. So being able to have a nice meal on one actually ended up being a nice way to experience one.