September 2016: Our time on the Danube River had come to an end in Passau, Germany. We bused to Prague, and spent three days exploring the city. Prague, known as the “city of a hundred spires” is situated on the Vitava River. We spent much of our time walking, visiting the Old Town Square, the medieval astronomical clock, the Jewish quarter viewing the colorful baroque buildings, gothic churches the pedestrian Charles Bridge, and the Castle.
On the ground floor of our hotel, the Art Deco Imperial Hotel is the Cafe Imperial a restaurant filled with the original 1914 Art Noveau ceramic wall tiling and mosaic ceiling. Each morning as we enjoyed our breakfast and coffee, and we waited for our group to assemble for the days activities, we watched the bustling activities of the adjacent street active with buses, and tramways. Many of the profiles of the trams and buses appeared older, and kept my interest as it reminded me of my childhood, the 102 bus and the street cars in Montreal.