One of the things I love most about Europe is…drum roll…public transportation. Yep…more than the scrumptious food… more than the wonderful old buildings…more than the intriguing history — I love the fact that it’s so easy to get from place to place.
The first leg of my travels today started in a subway train which deposited John and me in the Jewish Quarter. In addition to one of the oldest synagogues (13th century) in Europe…
the Jewish Quarter is filled with these incredible Art Nouveau buildings.
The museum in the Jewish Quarter is composed of several buildings, including the Pinkas Synagogue. The names of 80,000 Holocaust victims are inscribed on the walls and the upper floor contains a heartbreaking exhibition of children’s drawings from Terezin concentration camp which was located about an hour outside Prague.
We left the Jewish Quarter on foot and walked back through Old Town Square and to the Charles Bridge where we rented a paddle boat and puddled around like a fat duck on the Vltava River. Great views…
However, long legs and paddle boats don’t make for happy travelers, so we cut our paddling short and headed up to Petrin Hill via tram. From the tram, we hopped off and made our way up the hill on a vehicular. The views from the summit are quite nice.
There’s also a small replica of the Eiffel Tower atop the hill. My knees weren’t up to the 400 steps to the top by late afternoon (thanks to the cramped paddle boat and more b-ball games than I can remember in my youth) so I settled for a nice view below.
My ever youthful husband managed a game of Frisbee with some young locals before we began the trek back to our apartment.
Did I mention that in addition to great public transportation, you also have to walk a lot in Europe? We log miles every day which is why you sit down every chance you get.
It’s also why those big scarves draped around everybody’s neck seem to weigh more than the people wearing them.