Helloe from Zlin! My husband and I arrived in Zlin, Czech Republic late this afternoon. We spent the past 4 days in Prague and had an unbelievable time. For those of you plannig on travelling to Zlin I would highly recommend spending a couple of days In Prague ,or Budapest or Vienna before heding to Zlin just vacationing. I'm so relaxed and feel better than I have before starting any of my previous cycles and that's all because we've done nothing but enjoy ourselves and time with each other in such a beautiful city.
The drive from Prague to Zlin was easy and enjoyable for each of us. We did not rent the car until today - public transportation is a breeze in Prague. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Flora - about 5 miles from the city center. Buses 22 and 23 in Prague take you to all of the tourist attractions. You can buy a transit ticket for 80 Kc a day and it's good for bus/tram and train.
On the second day in Prague - my husband and I were trying to get somehwere on the tram and didn't realize we had ridden it to the last stop. suddenly we found ourselves trapped on the tram. We literally could not get out. We had to sit there for 30 minutes while the driver took his break. It was pretty funy - especilly as the passer-by locals laughed at us without shame. It was a great reprive for our tired feet, at least.
Last night - we ate our way throguh Prague. The Christmas marketes were fantastic and there were lots of street vendors with food. We started with a crepe with nutella and banana, DH had a huge piece of fresh cooked Ham, then we had potato pancakes, roasted corn, trdllo (a pretzel-like pastry rolled in the shape of a barrell covered with sugar and nuts). Needless to say - we rolled our stuffed selves back to the hotel..
The Rick Steve's book for Eastern Europe is highly recommended. He gives such great details. A must-have. One thing to be aware of - they charge for everything. The first night we had dinner, we got the blll and there was a line item we didn't understand. When I asked what it was he said Bread. They brought a basket of bread and butter to the table before dinner (we didn't ask for it - assummed was customary) and then charged us 60 Kc' s for it. The next night we were charged 60Kc for there being salt, peppr, ketcup and mustard on the table. Just be prepared for the extra charges - I was a bit surpriseed by them.
We visited the Jewish Quarter yesterday - the Pinkas Synagouge ws pretty moving - the names of nearly 80,000 jews killed in Auswitz are listed on the wall. Defintely something worth your time.
My first appointment is tomorrow at the clinic. It was movd back a day. I was told Dr. Anna was going to be out of town but found out that wasn't the case they just have more patients than they've ever had at any one time right now. I'm hoping this doesn't move everything out by a day as our return flight was cutting it close already. I
I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this. Hope all is well with everyone !