Prague, Christmas 2013 ... and Madrid, January 2014 (click here to see Madrid photos)

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Christmas in Prague, a view after an Advent concert at the National Theatre with Rostya & Simon.
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Lunch at "U Prince" with a view ...
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.. over the Old Town Square at the Town Hall.
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Ready for Christmas in Prague ... thank you Rostya & Simon !  Click for an even larger image.
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We are off to do last minute Christmas shopping in the old ski jacket ...
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... and grandma found Jenny a new coat!
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Last minute shopping in Prague.  Click for an even larger image.
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Christmas in Prague.  Click for an even larger image.
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... keeping the airlines busy:  Jenny from Austin, grandma from Cologne, David from Baltimore, and I (later also Lorraine) from Guatemala.
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... ready to open presents. Click for a larger image.
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After-Christmas shopping in Prague's Palladium complex.
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Prague Castle. Full of tourists even in December.
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Prague Castle ...
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Prague Castle
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Christmas at our home away from home.
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After months of fearing super-cold Prague weather, we found it mild and sunny for most of the trip.
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Prague is not so bad, not even so cold.  Click for an even larger image.
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Lunch with the other Cernikovskys at Nebozizek, with a splendid view of Prague Castle and the town from another angle.
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Nebozizek part 2, Bertik makes a speech in English ...
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... Nebozizek part 3, Bertik delivers flowers, speaks Spanish.
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View of Prague from Nebozizek. Click for an even larger image.
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Fabulous lunch ...click for an even larger image.
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After lunch, back at the Castle with David ...
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... while Lorraine and Jenny waited for us in a warm cafe.
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Famous literary and political Cafe Slavia, behind us the National Theatre ...click for an even larger image.
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After Cafe Slavia, we went across the street to see the Nutcracker at the National Theatre (behind us).  Click for an even larger image.
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We saw the "Nutcracker", "Speeping Beauty" and "Carmen", in sold-out performances.
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Tomas saw his primary school (ages 6-10) ... 
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... middle school (ages 11-15), close to our apartment ...
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... and high school (ages 16-18), also near Rostya & Simon's apartment. See below a photo with a dozen old classmates!
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For New Year's Eve, we went to Martinov and had lunch in a country restaurant: venison.  Click to see a larger image.
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After lunch, a long walk in a snow-covered forest all around a frozen lake.  Here we are on the ice on the lake.  Brrrrr ...
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... frozen lake, near Marienbad, near the German border.
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Our winter coats served us well, including Jenny's new coat.
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... Simon makes sure we don't get lost.
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Lorraine out in the cold.  Thank god for a new scarf, thank you Estuardo!
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Out in the cold countryside ... far, far away from warm Guatemala!
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January 1, some 300 kilometers to the East, in Hradec Kralove, for the New Year's fireworks.  This buidling, in the main square, had a tavern owned by a Mr. Cernikovsky in the 17th century.  Now a Mexican restaurant.!
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Famous literary and political Cafe Slavia, behind us the National Theatre ...click for an even larger image.
 
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Josef and Jirina got us country-appropriate flags for dinner ...
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... that they booked in a private salon.  Thank you!!!
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Jenny had a great time ...
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... thank you!!!
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We all went to Chrudim the next day ...
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... it was the coldest day of the trip, about -1C
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I was born in this house, #372 Hnilickova Ulice ... 
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... but, I suppose I did not like Chrudim, because I moved to Prague when I was I was about 6 months old.
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We went to Chrudim cemetery.  Here is my father, along with the family of my mother.  We laid new flowers. ..click for an even larger image.
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Chrudim, January 2, 2014 ... 
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... also laid flowers at the grave of my father's parents, my grandparents that I did not know.
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With Jirina & Josef, we then went to a glass factory on Vysocina, in the low mountains south of Chrudim, had lunch ...
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... and everyone bought some glass items.
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Hotel "U Kalovny Elisky", fabulous ...
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... and Mr Cernikovsky's 17th century tavern.
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Thank you, see you in Holland September 15.  We are leaving with 20 pounds of dumpling mix for Guatemala. Click for an even larger image.
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One more visit to the Old Town Square ...
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... and one more theatre to enjoy.
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On the last day in Prague, I had lunch planned with classmates from high school (see photo of the school above) with Kveta & Tomas, but they changed it to a reunion of a dozen former classmates.
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Bye, bye Prague!  A wonderful Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014 vacation.  We then went to Madrid, but this page is so long, that there is a new page for that.  Click here to see Madrid January 2014. 

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