Lily getting acquainted with some locals
The village fete
Whilst we had been enjoying our city break lily had been spending a couple of days out in the Czech countryside – she’d been busy making new friends despite the language differences, meeting animals, going to a village fete, getting a silver medal in a race across a pond on stepping stones and eating lots of delicious food!
“Oh mummy you can see his willy!”
You would never believe they were the same age 🙂
“Aw… do you think we could have a pet duck at home?”
We spent the afternoon walking around Valdštejnský palác (Wallenstein Palace and gardens) with the girls, meeting the ducklings, the peacocks and the koi carp before getting ice cream that was almost too pretty to eat!
A new view…
Our final full day in Prague and the weather was wet and miserable – perfectly suited to my mood as I was NOT looking forward to going home and getting back to the daily grind. We pulled on our rainjackets and made our way to Petrin park where we rode the Funicular railway up the hill to the Petrin observation tower and rose gardens
Petrin Observation Tower
The girls burned off some energy running about the gardens playing hide and seek, seemingly oblivious to the weather of course!
This is the face of a child who has been bribed with ice cream to smile at the camera – slightly creepy!
This is the face of a child for whom the ice cream bribe did not work!
Can you see the bump on lily’s head? First thing she did when entering the mirror maze was run straight into the mirrored wall!
“Look how BIG your head is!”
The girls loved the mirror maze – it was completely packed though and would have been so much better if they only allowed a certain amount of people in at each time!
The Memorial to Victims of Communism – Petrin park
Our last stop was at this memorial for the victims of Communism – it shows seven bronze figures descending a flight of stairs and the statues appear more “decayed” the further away they are from you – losing limbs and their bodies breaking open.
There is also a bronze strip that runs along the centre of the memorial, showing estimated numbers of those impacted by communism:
170,938 forced into exile
4,500 died in prison
327 shot trying to escape
The bronze plaque nearby reads:
“The memorial to the victims of communism is dedicated to all victims not only those who were jailed or executed but also those whose lives were ruined by totalitarian despotism”
It’s a poignant reminder of the history of this beautiful city – a place that has had more than its share of heartache but which soldiers on and which now welcomes people to visit. The people here are friendly, albeit often reserved, and they are working hard to better themselves and their country after the Velvet Revolution which brought them freedom from totalitarian rule. The city is fast growing and changing – in some ways for the better although i’m sure there are negatives too (such as the neon signs being put up on buildings that ought to be listed) and I look forward to going back.
Prague will always hold a special place in my heart – not just because it is an incredible place but also because it was our first family holiday abroad and because we had such a wonderful time with our friends.
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