The next morning we had an early start to our day with a tour of Terezin. This was very interesting, and I was glad we did this, but it was also very difficult. We saw the small living quarters, a washroom only used when the Red Cross came to visit, offices, check-in centers for the new prisoners, and most tragic of all – the place of execution. We left feeling very heavy, yet still thankful for the experience. For lunch, we went back to Old Town Square and ate independently. My group went to an Italian restaurant which was quite delicious. We walked to Dvorak Hall for rehearsal which was really fun. After dinner, we gave an outstanding performance. The audience loved it – we not only played our encore, but we also got 5 ovations. This was a truly amazing experience, and I am now immensely looking forward to our concerts in Vienna and Salzburg.
Today we began our tour with Karlstejn and took a guided tour of the castle dating back to the 14th century; the previous home of Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor. This was in a really nice area, and I really enjoyed the 30 minutes it took us to walk there. We returned to Praha for lunch and shopping time. My group this time didn’t exactly get lunch – we got some ice cream though! We focused mainly on exploring the great city by returning to the Charles Bridge and then walking around some of Old Town again. Once back at the hotel, we had some time to take showers and clean up after sweating in the 90 degree heat all day. The next plan is the dinner cruise on the Vltava River, and then I’ll be checking in soon again, I’m sure!
Emily Rees, trombone