11.07.2014 - 29.07.2014 70 °F
It was forecast to rain so we wore our rain jackets. It was cool, about 65F so we all wore our warm clothes.
The 1st stop with the Music Museum, Narodni Museum.
http://www.praguewelcome.cz/srv/www/en/objects/detail.x;jsessionid=BDE23680CCCBA045EDD8C1745CCA32AC?id=44873 The museum consists of rooms of instruments mostly made in Prague: quarter tone pianos, upright grand pianos, organs of all types, glass harmonicas, horns of every type imaginable, violins, double violins, if it was made then it was in this museum. There were also a station in each room where one could hear the music as played on that instrument.
From the museum we stopped at a little outdoor café for lunch, wine and beer. From this advantage we saw families with dressed up children heading up the hill for a baptism, couples in bridal clothes going to get married, tourists from every country, city residents out to shop.
After a lengthy lunch we walked across the street to visit a private garden built into the hillside. There are 3 main terraces with hedges, flowers and fountains. From the top balcony one can see over the city.
We went on to the trolley to take us up to the top of the hill. I rode the trolley with Dieter and Inge while Dale and Elias walked up the footpath to the top. Dale and Elias were waiting for us, the line was long and we had to purchase tickets. Elias was off exploring.
We thought we‘d get a beer or coffee at the little outside bar at the top but then saw that the sky was black over the city. The servers told us to go inside as they would close in the next 10minutes due to the storm. We barely got inside when the winds started blowing and rain started pouring down.
Elias came running down from the Eiffel Tower (a small replica) and we all settled into our table. The storm blew in; thunder, lightning, wind and rain. We drank Irish coffee and watched the storm.
The storm passed and we went on down the hill ready to attend the street celebration of the French Revolution. It reminded me of our farmers markets with about 3 rows of canapes set up. All of the vendors were from France with meats, cheeses and wines. We had tastes of several wines and then bought a couple of bottles, one to take home and lay. One bottle we purchased from the wine maker as he advised us after tasting. He invited to his winery in France and we are thinking that a wine tasting trip to Europe just might be in our future.
Back to the café Salvia for dinner. Then a nighttime stroll out to the bridge. On the way back to our room we bought macaroons for a treat.