Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 171 - Petrin Tower

We headed up the hills of Prague to reach it's version of the Eiffel Tower. On the way, we took a funicular to the top of the hill, where there was so much green and park space. You could actually see autumn here, unlike southern California, where the leaves from the sparse trees don't really turn from green to red and yellow and then fall off. The weather added to the effect of an authentic autumn, where people bundled up from the fog and slight windchill.

The Petrin tower itself was not very impressive, and really was just a mini replica of the real thing in Paris. What was impressive though was that it was at the top of a hill, so you had a wonderful panoramic of the entire city, although the weather made the city look sleepy, bright colors subdued and filtered through the fog. You could see everything from the top since it was pretty much the highest point in the city, nothing being hidden by mountains, trees, or tall structures.

We walked around the grounds surrounding the tower, continuing to admire the beauty of Prague's parks and greenspace where everything is clean and well-maintained. We stopped by the Mirror Maze, which is, as the name of the place suggests, a labyrinth of mirrors to walk through. Parts of the Maze were being renovated, so we were only able to get a small dose of what is usually offered. There was only one path from start to finish in the maze, and at the end of it, was a hall full of those distorted long mirrors that you usually find at carnivals or circuses. No need for a Mac or Photobook here!

For dinner, we ended up at another traditional Czech restaurant near our hotel, where I ordered a Pork Tenderloin grilled in garlic with greenbeans, english bacon, and sour cream, accompanied by a Kozel beer. Delish!

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