I say anti-climax because the previous week had been so very full of entertainment, luxurious pampering and revelry that I could not imagine more and yet … There is a shortage of adjectives to describe the events and experiences that filled the next fourteen days of my life. Prague,such a majestic city, gently nudged me into 2016. Upon my arrival the city was green/grey with not a sign of winter white. While meandering around the Prague Castle and Cathedral on the second day of my five day visit, it started to snow and snow quite heavily. Now it really did feel like January … by the time that I arrived at my hotel the whole landscape had changed
… muffled sounds and muted tones with the street lamps casting a golden hue on everything that they covered. It has been twenty years since my last visit to Prague but this scene brought back all the magic for my last visit had also been in winter.
After five days of magic I boarded a train for the distant South-East corner of Hungary, a totally different world. My destination was a village touching the Romanian and Serbian borders and the home of a cousin. With no internet I spent the next eight days in bliss reminiscing about all that I had experienced over the past month and fortifying myself for the next chapter in my adventure.
On the 18th of January I returned to the Czech Republic, to the the ecclesiastical metropolis and historical capital city of Moravia, Olomouc!
Once again it was a concert conducted by Miran Vaupotic that brought me here. The city was a very pleasant surprise because I was familiar with Brno which is about a half hour south of here and it is certainly not high on my list of destinations. Olomouc is regal, full of impressive Baroque buildings and so many churches that I lost count of all the steeples.
The concert was brilliant and you may hear one of the solo performances that the violinist, Angélica Olivo played by visiting this Youtube link Angélica Olivo. The three of us, Miran Angélica and I, shared laughs, delicious Italian pizza and refreshing Czech beer over a three day period and then we each went our separate ways.