Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm HOME!!

The rest of the Prague trip was a blast!!  Here is another web album of pictures and comments on each to show what we did.... and man we did a lot!  Jewish area, Castle, Cathedral, a jazz boat ride, Communist Museum, a little shopping, and more!
My favorite was the Pinkas Synagogue.... once you get to the pictures, make sure you read the comments if you want to know what you are looking at!!
The last day, Sunday, we all were super tired by 4pm and so we went home, packed and relaxed.  It had been nothing but GO GO GO this trip and our feet couldn't take it anymore.
The next day Rosie and I flew to New York for the night, and Hans-Eric went back to Sweden.
New York was great, except that it was 100 degrees!! HOLY HOT!!  We got pedicures and then just went home and slept!  We stayed at a friends place in Manhattan.  Thanks Courtney!!

Up at 4 am, I caught my 5 1/2 hour flight to Seattle, then a 3 hour lay over, then a flight to Juneau.  Linda Hull was on my flight and spoiled me rotten.  I got wine, a whole bottle of water, and snacks!! SO NICE!!  But when I got to Juneau, Skagway was on weather hold!!  Oh geez... i couldn't get out of Skagway and now I can't get back in.  Fortunately I got the last fast ferry ticket back, which is really a whale watching tour.  I took a taxi to the glacier, go on the 45 minute bus out to the dock and then a 2 1/2 hour boat ride home.  I was soooooooooo exhausted, 21 hours of traveling!  BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!!
I am one lucky girl to be able to leave work for 2 weeks in the middle of the season and go see the world.  My employees did a great job... the store looked great, and things got done... we were even up in sales for the month of June! YEAH!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Prague Day 1

First of all, we have another amazing couch surfing hosts.  Jarda and his wife Caroline are awesome!  They have two young boys, ages 7 and 5 and the 7 year old speaks english.  I call him T because I can't pronounce his name.  I will post some pictures of them soon, but I haven't taken any of them yet.
Leaving Naples was crazy!  Our train was late leaving to Rome, and then we were late getting to the airport which was crazy hectic... but we made it and landed in Prague safely!!  Jarda picked us up, and took us to his "Ironman" home!  I'm not kidding.  The key to get into his house is like this electrical blue ball that you rub on the wall and it opens the doors.  It's crazy!  Downstairs he has like 5 cars in this garage that is more like a giant basement.  Then there is 4 stories on top of that!  He owns the Harley Davidson shop, him and his business partner, and they share a nice size garden together.  We have our own room and own bathroom.  I just love couch surfing.
This morning we headed out to be tourists in the city.  We got to downtown and walked out of the metro to be completely lost in a new world.  Prague is beautiful and so different than Rome.  The city was actually quiet, and the cars stopped for you at cross walks!  (as opposed to Italy where they run you over for fun!)
Rosie and I figured out how to get to the Old Town Square where we went walked up to the famous clock at exactly noon and saw the thing go off.  I thought it would be more entertaining, but it was still cool considering the clock was built in 1338 (eehh.... somewhere close to that year.)  Then we basically walked around the city until we had to meet Hans-Eric.  (Yep, Hans came to visit Prague too!)
We went to a puppet show tonight called Don Giovanni.  It was very funny and entertaining!!  We also had a very Czech meal!  I had chicken breasts with apricots and whip cream (sooooooooo weird, but was really good!) and drank Pilsner beer!
Tomorrow we are going to visit the castle and maybe take a boat ride down the river!
Here are some pictures of our day!