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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A princess in a fairy-tale city



This morning I flew out of Prague on an early flight to Paris, for another chapter in my never-ending Travelife.

The weather was just getting beautiful in the Czech Republic so I was so reluctant to leave, as Prague is beautiful in any season and for any reason -- but it is especially beautiful on a fine day.

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A MOST WONDERFUL TRIP
TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC

I have very good memories of this visit to the Czech Republic, which is one that really started on the spur of the moment, you might say.

But, as it almost always happens in my never-ending Travelife, eventually everything somehow fell into place to create a most wonderful trip to a truly lovely country.

NOT QUITE HOME ALONE



Until yesterday afternoon, I had very good company to go around the places I wanted to visit in the Czech Republic.

And then it was time for goodbyes, and I was left on my own for an evening, before flying out to Paris today, for another adventure in my never-ending Travelife.


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So I booked a session at Spa Beerland, which is a beer spa in Prague.

And then, from the beer spa, I walked back to my hotel sans map and through the streets of the Old Town, for a good two kilometers.


The beer spa in Prague

Prague is not a very easy city to navigate, but for some reason, I didn't get lost getting back to my hotel.

Maybe Prague is getting to be another city I will know like the back of my hand...

A MOST WONDERFUL LAST NIGHT IN PRAGUE



Then for a last dinner in Prague -- what can I say?

My fairy godmother smiled down at me and provided another wonderful evening and three gentlemen who really treated me like a princess.

One of them hosted dinner, and two of them -- friends of friends -- gallantly acted as my escorts for the night.



We had a very nice time at a restaurant on top of a hill overlooking Prague and a skip and a hop away from Prague Castle, with a dramatically-lit convent in the background.

Then, after dinner, we four walked towards the edge of the hill so that I could have a last look at Prague in all its beauty.



ROYAL SEND-OFF

And this morning, there they were again at my hotel at 8 AM to personally take me to the airport.

I could have taken a hotel car, really, but they were insistent on bringing me to the airport themselves.

Prague Airport this morning

One of them said: "Always remember that you now have friends in Prague. And it's not often we have a lady guest from overseas -- so she should be treated like a princess."

Indeed, a princess in a fairytale city, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





Soaking in a tub of beer at the Spa Beerland in Prague


One of the many interesting things I did yesterday, in the Czech Republic, living a Travelife, was to visit a beer spa in Prague.

The Spa Beerland is the first beer spa in the Czech Republic. Other beer spas have sprouted up recently, but I think Spa Beerland is the original, and still the best one.


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WOW. CZECH BEER IS SO DELICIOUS.

I am so not a beer drinker. But the beers I drank here were truly delicious that I finished everything I was given. And then some.

Last night, for instance, we went to a restaurant that also made its own beer.


We were served one homemade beer made with California hops, and another one made with local Czech hops. The California beer was very light, and, boy, was it wonderful by itself just before dinner.

Meanwhile the local Czech version was fantastic with the food, especially as we had a very hearty and traditional meal last night, on a hill overlooking Prague, with a beautiful convent just next to it.

A SPA BEFORE DINNER


But it was before this dinner that I went to the beer spa.

A VIP spa treatment here at this beer spa meant getting a private room with two wooden tubs filled with hops, barley and beer.



There was also two taps right next to each tub, so that you could have as much light beer and dark beer as you wished, while you were soaking in the tub of beer.

Talk about overdosing on beer.

A UNIQUE DETOX TREATMENT



The beer liquid in the tub is supposed to open your pores and draw the toxins out.

You're supposed to sit in the tub for about 30 minutes with the jacuzzi on. Then afterwards, you lie on a bed of hay and relax for another 30 minutes.


So this is what I did, all while a really cool tape of George Michael was playing in the background. This music alone made me remember all sorts of things.

All in all it was a very interesting experience, to be drinking beer and sitting in a tub of beer in the Czech Republic, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Surprise on the second floor of an empty building in a beautiful Czech spa town

We stumbled upon this lovely abandoned building by accident


This blog isn't being updated as frequently as usual for many reasons, in the lovely Czech Republic, as I live a never-ending Travelife.

However, we have a million interesting stories to tell.

Hopefully, one of these days, I'll get stuck in some airport lounge long enough to write everything from this wonderful trip down.

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A LOVELY ADVENTURE

For now, let me tell you about our little adventure this morning, in one of the most beautiful Czech towns, living a Travelife.

This was the corridor of my hotel at 730 am yesterday,
as I walked to the swimming pool

It was pretty cold and rainy today, but I'd felt especially invigorated by an early morning swim and massage at the hotel spa, followed by a very healthy breakfast.

This was where I had breakfast this morning


So mid-morning, we decided to go for a walk because this town we're in is truly so beautiful. Everywhere your eye rests on is a work of art.


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ABANDONED AND BEAUTIFUL

For some reason, we headed outwards of the town instead of into it.

And one of the buildings we chanced upon on the way out of town was a dilapidated building that was long abandoned. It used to be a beautiful bath house, but it's not been used for decades.

And now, it's largely empty.



Although today, an old lady was seated in the ground floor, watching over some artworks on exhibit, made by the senior citizens of the town.

Yes, it's become an informal event space, for lack of anything else.

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A SURPRISE ON THE SECOND FLOOR

Anyway, we were the only ones there, and we decided to climb up to the second floor.

What a sight awaited us on the second floor. There was this majestic room complete with original tiling, woodwork and chandeliers. You could almost imagine how grand this building once was.



I said to my companion: "This should be turned into an opera house. Or if I were to buy it, I would make it into an ultra-luxurious spa hotel."

That is, if I ever stopped living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.