Along the Elbe

Traveling from Berlin to Prague on train 379 today. The ride is smooth and quiet. We are paralleling the Elbe which sits in a basin, land rising on either side of us, especially to the north\northeast. Homes hug the bit of property by the river and some climb the hillside. Old world buildings, or maybe just European style make them seem old world, jostle for position in limited space.

And just like that, the terrain changes. Cliffs are gone, hillsides not as steep remain. Now there is more room for grassy areas. This occured right around the time we left Germany and entered the Czech Republic. Geography is curious that way. Or maybe it just makes sense borderwise.

Have you ever been so tired that your phone fell out of your hand while you were researching something? Last night we discovered that the train from Budapest to Split, Croatia that we planned to take had disappeared from the schedule. Alternatives had to be arranged. But not right then. Or maybe we did decide. I’m all ferklumtenfugen after two overnight flights and wandering NYC after no sleep at all on that leg. 

A delicious local lager

As I had no photos from the train, I proffer this, a beer we shared on the train.

The four and a half hour train ride was soothing, relaxing, and passed by quickly. Prague is the most beautiful city I’ve been in ever. There’s a reason both Stalin and Hitler never gave orders to bomb it. If that doesn’t give you some sense of humanity in all the madness of the world, nothing will.

Here are some Prague photos:

Looking toward old town, late afternoon on the Vitals River.
Old Town
Prague Castle seen from Old Town. Founded in the year 870 by the Premyslid family,  the ruling dynasty for centuries until the failure to produce an heir in the early 1300s.
Craft Beer Spot – near our hotel and a hopping place with great beer and better food. Seriously – sous vide pork loin with creamed celeriac and roasted cauliflower? For $12.00? Yes, please. We’ll be back.
Foreground : cherry beer. Such a delicious dessert! Kasteel means castle; note the castle at the base of the stem. In the background – Lollihop, a west coast IPA – very good.

And thus ends my first post of this trip. Unlike Charlie, I’m able to sleep, and looking forward to it right now.

5 thoughts on “Along the Elbe

  1. Laurie Carleton September 21, 2022 / 4:31 pm

    Sounds beautiful

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Linnea Hendrickson September 21, 2022 / 5:05 pm

    Lovely. We were in Prague in 1991, not long after the Berlin Wall came down. We had a hard time finding places to eat with two kids in tow: 8 and 12. Pizza places were mostly dark, smoky bars. Fine restaurants didn’t want to let us in with kids. All the street names were being changed back to the pre-Soviet names and taxi drivers got lost. It was an interesting time to be there!


    • pgsteele4 September 23, 2022 / 1:44 pm

      I think you would be delighted with Prague now. It is lively and clean and I see lots of young families and children and all are welcome. Of course the so beautiful architecture is here and is a constant source of awe. We love it! Photos to come…


  3. Judy September 21, 2022 / 5:31 pm

    So glad you arrived safely, albeit falling asleep on your feet! The photos are stunning. Thanks for posting so quickly, despite the fatigue:)
    And … is “ferklumtenfugen” a real word? Or did you get creative!


  4. pamela Turman September 23, 2022 / 12:53 pm



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