Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hospitality

I'm tired right now. Spent the entire day walking around Prague. It really is a beautiful city.We started at the Prague Castle and worked our way down to the Golden Line. After that, we hit the Charles Bridge and ate a late lunch there. My hosts were Roman and Rita, two locals who have lived in Prague all their lives (Roman works for Oracle Czech):

Roman_Rita

That is a a picture of them outside of Kafka's house on the Golden Line. The weather was perfect (70f/20c) and the sky was clear. Quite a change from Iceland where the sky was clear but the temperature was more like 40f/5c. A perfect day for walking and a good thing too - we were out for almost 6 hours. Of course, there is a lot of the city left that we didn't see - but they planned it out well and we hit a lot of the major sites. I truly appreciate them taking a day to show me around, their hospitality is much appreciated.

If you want to see more pictures, I have 19 of them here.

In short, a perfect day - and now it is "Pilsner Urquell" time, I understand there might be one waiting for me downstairs.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Mariano said....

Did you visit Kafka's house?
Awesome!!

Sat Aug 27, 01:33:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

If you don't mind my curiosity - what's this?

A plant, a sculpture ?

Sat Aug 27, 02:59:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Did you visit Kafka's house?
Oh yeah, inside and all, it is a gift shop now (sort of Kafka-esque in a way isn't it)
if you don't mind my curiosity
It is the senate garden area with a fake grotto and fake stalactite and stalagmites. From a distance, they look like they have "faces" on them, the closer you get, the less they look like faces.

Sat Aug 27, 05:23:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

Nice pictures !
heheh looks like you got a native name too "Toma Kyta" :)

Sat Aug 27, 05:54:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

From a distance, they look like they have "faces" on them, the closer you get, the less they look like faces.

Thanks, it is amazing, worth a visit to Prague by itself ... speak about a double meaning sculpture (triple, since it looks also like a full-blossom Wistaria sinensis "climber bush" at least in photograph)

Sat Aug 27, 05:55:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

> "..Toma Kyta.." - standard Czech grammatic [bending]. Example: "I went for beer with Tomem Kytem".
This is "just to confuse the Russians" (actually, I guess they woud not be confused by this :-)

Mon Aug 29, 02:33:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous denni50 said....

the astronomical clock is fantastic..great pictures..love the old style European architecture...it looks wonderful there.

Mon Aug 29, 08:26:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Europe is so beautiful and "humanlike". Thank you, Tom. Even looking at this pictures is an elating experience.

Why do they build most things in such an ugly way here in America?

Tue Aug 30, 04:15:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Why do they build most things in such an ugly way here in America?

We started building 2,500 years ago, you started only 500 years ago - it's just a matter of time, just wait 2,000 years :)

Tue Aug 30, 06:27:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Europe is so beautiful and "humanlike".

Well, Prague has its share of ugly buildings as well.

I think Alberto hit the nail on the proverbial head.

Wed Aug 31, 12:39:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Alberto:
"We started building 2,500 years ago, you started only 500 years ago - it's just a matter of time, just wait 2,000 years :)"

2,000 or 500, it's not time, it's an attuitude:))) in 2,000 there will be more ugly malls and gas stations:(

Thomas Kyte said:

"...Well, Prague has its share of ugly buildings as well."

I guess they were buit under communists. Hope Chez people will take care of them.

Thu Sep 01, 11:35:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Pamela said....

Looking across the sea of domes, spires and red roofs towards the graceful towers of the St. Vitus cathedral, I think I've just fallen hopelessly in love with Prague. In the short time since the Velvet Revolution and the fall of Communism, Prague has become one of the premiere destinations in Europe. What stands out most here is the architecture, so diverse, so beautiful, and so concentrated in one place that you can easily be overwhelmed. But unlike other top cities in Europe, Prague doesn't strike you as shrewd, calculating, or out to get your money, food and hotels in Prague are still cheap and at good value. There is still certain innocence, something that does much to relieve the occasional annoyance. Of course Prague is overrun with tourists, who like you are eager to explore its charms. But there are ways to beat the crowds or avoid them altogether, and there are still many places off the beaten paths awaiting discovery.

Mon Apr 21, 10:30:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

By any chance did u ever visit India.... or plan to in the future...

Mon Sep 22, 01:37:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I am actually going to Mumbai in December 2008 for the Oracle Develop conference....

Mon Sep 22, 12:30:00 PM EDT  

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