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Prague – conference day 3 June 26, 2008

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Today was meant to be split into two.  The morning was to be spent visiting two Czech schools and in the afternoon doing some cultural stuff visiting the local silver mines and the town hall.  At the end of the day yesterday we were informed that the schools would welcome us but the children would be on school trips, in other words we would be visiting empty classes!  I elected to give that a miss and take the opportunity to see a little bit of Prague.  

By all accounts history has been kind to Prague in terms of architectural loss due to conflict.  When you consider that cities like Plymouth, Dresden and London were heavily affected by the conflict of WWII Prague survived that, it seems to me, intact.  The Soviet invasion might also have been a stimulus for the removal of decadent architecture in the name of comrade Stalin, a cleansing process as it were.  I am glad to say that neither incident seems to have scarred the cities architecture, I am sure the populace would take a different view of the scars caused by invasion and occupation.  In short Prague is a delight, a fondant icing extravaganza, a city of embelishments and ornamentation.  Quite simply it is fantastic eye candy.  The winding streets of the old city, the mix of Gothic, Baroque and the European C17th and C18th styles make for an intoxicating mix.

We have walked through the winding streets, taken the trams and have got a real feel for the city.  We spent most of today up at the castle.  The following slide show is a representation of where we have been today.

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1. Lil - June 26, 2008

Prague looks wonderful; I look forward to visiting when we do our world tour (once retired). I am so, so thrilled to hear that the presentation went so well and has spawned some further speaking opportunities. I hope Helen did not experience too horrifying an experience when you (temporarily) didn’t turn up at Gatwick!

We are missing you very much. Happily you are experiencing some lovely Summer weather as we have been battered by damaging storms and frequent hail showers (rather fun) and typical of Auckland weather it is now much milder and sunny again. The guinea pigs had to come inside for a wee holiday as the random thunder storms were too much for them we felt. Livvy was physically shaking during one of the storms last night as she was very scared!

Looking forward to your next blog once you are back in Blighty. Can we have a photo of you and Helen please? MYLU, Lil x

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