TRAVEL – PRAGUE
That first morning we made for the Charles Bridge – it was a focal point for most of the tours and I had booked plenty of them (I didn’t have the courage to admit to DH just how many)
There are many bridges over the Vitava River, but you can’t miss the Charles Bridge as it is I think the only pedestrian bridge.
It was built in the 14th century and, later, lined with statues and today there are street musicians, postcard sellers, portrait painters, musicians and lots of tourists.
I felt very stupid when I learned that Prague was the capital seat of the kings of Bohemia. (Yes, a real place and not just a description for people wearing Laura Ashley outfits and flowers in their hair while setting fire to incense sticks). The city only became one in 1784 when Hradcany, Lesser Town, Old town and New Town were all combined into one.
HISTORY ISABELLA OF SPAIN
All those important people come and ask Isabella to be queen of Castile now that her brother has been poisoned – but she tells them not a chance – Henry is still king and it would be a bit tactless of her, not to mention just a tad dangerous. There is another war as those top guys fight it out, but I won’t bother you with all that just skip to the end when Isabella and King Henry sign an agreement.
Brilliant, it says Isabella can chose her own husband (Hate to tell you but Henry has no intention of keeping his word).
Now the hoards flock to ask for her hand in marriage. Richard of Gloucester is one – later Richard III of England.
(Remember that little rumour about princes in the tower? – yes that one). Probably a lucky escape.
I know this next bit to be true, as several kind people who have left reviews have mentioned experiencing this as well.
So, you are home on leave and people ask you lots of questions about what it’s like and you tell them an amazing story or two. There are two reactions. Either eyes glaze over and you realise they are not listening or, they don’t believe you.
You shut up.
Or, they are fascinated and then say how much they wish they were living abroad as well. “But you can,” we say – (in those days o’seas contracts were much easier to get). Then come the reasons – mortgage payments, family, current job, too big a risk, education, free medical care – the list is endless.
Yes, we had an amazing life full of highs and lows but as with everything there is a price to pay.
A few pics of people and places, both have crept into my books in one disguise or another.
Lots more to read in any of my books.
Till next time, take care.