Ça y est, we’ve moved to Lyon! We’ve been in our new place for a couple of weeks now, and instead of showing you all photos of the jumbled, box-filled life we’re sorting through right now, I thought it was about time that I posted about our trip to Prague.
Somewhere between Toulouse and Lyon, we hopped an orange plane for the city that was once the capital of Bohemia.
My good friend Caitlin has been living in Prague for a while now and we’ve been meaning to make a trip to visit. When we found out that Edd would have 10 days of freedom between leaving his old job and beginning his new one, we grabbed two tickets and packed a small travel bag as we packed up the rest of our lives in Toulouse.
Prague in autumn is simply gorgeous. Though the weather was a bit gray, I found that the soft gray skies proved to be the best backdrop for the golden architectural accents and the vibrant fall foliage. Caitlin and her boyfriend Petr were marvelous hosts and guides. Our arrival in Prague closely following a string of chaotic weeks; I was working again for the Printemps de Septembre festival, Edd was finishing up his old job, and we were both hurriedly packing and scrubbing our apartment. We hadn’t had a single moment to plan our trip beyond buying the plane tickets and a few emails to Caitlin.
Happily, we were received with open arms! Caitlin and Petr had planned a series of wonderful outings, centered of course mainly around one activity: pivo! We drank heartily on this vacation – at least one liter a day, per person! Edd and I already being beer-lovers, and with Czech beers being at once so tasty and so easy to drink, Caitlin and Petr didn’t have to twist our arms. And I haven’t even gotten started on the food! We stuffed ourselves! So many good dumplings, braised meats, and my new favorite: pickled hermelín.
In addition to the delicious grub and brew, Caitlin and Petr drove us to the city of Plzeň, birthplace of none other than the original pilsner lager recipe.
Beer disciples that we are, we of course toured the Pilsner Urquell Brewery facilities, which included a visit to their bottle processing center, both the new and old brew houses, and a walk though the labyrinthine caves where the beer is still fermented.
The tour was so much fun, especially to photograph (definitely worth the 100CZK for the photo pass.) And to top it all off, it comes with a complimentary pint of the unfiltered pilsner, tapped straight from the massive barrels.
Our four days in Prague flew right by us and before we knew it, it was time to take our plane back to Lyon. As we left for the airport, rain turned to sleet and sleet to snow. Which is to say that our flight out of Prague turned out to be on Not-So-Easy Jet.
Eventually though, we made it back to our new home, where it was also snowing! Driving back from Lyon St. Exupery and arriving in our new flat, boxes piled everywhere, was so strange. Not so homey at all really and perhaps even more foreign feeling than it had been in Caitlin and Petr’s cozy place.
But so it all began. Life in Lyon. Feathering up a new nest. Transforming an empty space into home. More soon, promise!