This is the view heading down from the top of Petrin Park and we are looking south.
We have now made it a daily routine to go to a park. Often, Emmett gets to go to two parks in one day! I had been eyeing this funicular tram that carries you to the top of Petrin Park (where there is a mini Eiffel Tower and gardens to walk around). The tram ride is popular and it was completely full, but Emmett got a good spot standing on the folded up stroller!
We walk a round a little bit, got some ice cream, tried to read the map (with no luck… it’s in czech)…and after about an hour, we started walking back down. We found a beautiful flower garden.
A really nice little pond with a couple of ducks!
It was a steep cobblestone trail system getting down… but we made it! At the bottom was the best because we found the most amazing playground! It even has a free (most public toilets cost 10kc or $.50 to use) super clean bathroom designed for kids (short toilets and sinks). The park also has a really nice older fellow whose job it is to keep the playground and bathroom clean everyday! We stayed for 2.5 hours that first day. I was so relaxed, just sitting there reading as Emmett happily dug in the sand. This park is so easy for us to get to from ‘home’. We have been a few times now. I pack a really good lunch and bring my Kindle Fire and we hang out! It’s awesome!
Emmett is sort of a sandbox toy hoarder. I try to remind him to share with the others, but I will see him later hauling as many as he could fit in his arms and under his armpits. I’m trying to get a picture of that… it’s hilarious!
Below, is another park. Letna is on a hill-top just to the north of the city center. Wes has been bringing Emmett up here. It’s really amazing too! We found a tram that takes us straight up, so I have gone too! It’s another major climb if you are walking and that’s out for me, currently.
For many years the Czechs were under communist rule and a massive intimidating statue of Stalin stood here. All that remains are two bowls and a huge platform covered in graffiti and littered with talented skateboarders (it is supposedly one of the best skateboarding spots in the world). Maybe, I should be photographing them instead of these giant bowls!
This is what it looked like before it was blown to bits in 1962.