This morning YPSO invaded the breakfast buffet at the Hotel Ibis. We were not in our intimidating periwinkle shirts but did come armed with our instruments. It was quite a sight! We spent our day visiting the Old Town in Prague.
The buses are not allowed in much of this hallowed district so we toured via foot in smaller groups with local guides.
The Estates Theatre which premiered Mozart’s Don Giovani in the 18th Century and brought to the fore again by the motion picture Amadeus provoked oohs and aahs from the kids, chaperones and staff.
We also enjoyed the Jewish quarters and Old Town Square’s gorgeous architecture, but perhaps the highlight was hiking up the City Hall tower to enjoy 360 degree panoramas over the city and beyond.
This day, both lunch and dinner were taken on our own which provided opportunities to explore local cuisine. Our boys found the spekacek (traditional Czech sausage) and trdelnik (tube-shaped pastry) quite tasty. As usual, our very professional musicians finished the day with a rehearsal in the State Opera House. We play hard and sleep hard-sometimes at the same time!