Prague, Part 5: Letecké Muzeum Kbely (Czech Air Force Museum)

One of the few day trips we did outside of Prague was to visit the Czech Air Force museum in Letecké, just outside of Prague.  Particularly interesting to me was their displays of MiG aircraft, built to intercept the USAF’s fighters, the very planes “our side” fought against in such silly Cold War movies as “Top Gun.”  It was a nice enough museum, if a bit sterile, with all of the craft lined up behind roped-off pathways, and stern-looking employees eyeing visitors suspiciously.

Since I am out of town this week, and have little else to say about this particular museum, the rest of this post will serve as a Wordless Wednesday:

Fighter by you.

Prague, Part 3: Karlův most (Charles Bridge)

Karlův most, known to us English-speaking tourists as the Charles Bridge, is one of Prague´s best-known sites, and a much-visited one at that. Linking Staro Měste (Old Town) with Malá Strana (Lesser Town) and Prazký Hrad (Prague Castle), this iconic bridge, built in the numerical palindrome of April 31, 1357 (that´s 1357531), this oldest extant bridge over the Vltava River is at once charming and maddening.

Karlův most (Charles Bridge) and Pražský Hrad (Prague Castle) by you.

Charles Bridge, with Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral behind

Prague, Part 1: Vyšehrad

Since I was in Prague for half business, half pleasure, and we wound up visiting many of its popular sites more than once, instead of doing a timeline-based travelogue, I will instead dedicate each post in this series to an area or monument in Prague.

Please forgive in advance any funny typos involving y or z – I have my keyboard set to Czech so I can type the accents, and which also swaps y and z :)

Basilica of St. Peter and Paul by you.

Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, Vyšehrad

We’ll start with the lovely outlying neighborhood of Vyšehrad, where I spent much of the trip, since that’s where the company-paid hotel was.

Joshua Tree/SoCal Trip – Part XI – Living Desert, LA, and home

Thursday, 30 April 2009 (continued from here):

After our fun little hike at Tahquitz Canyon, we had a delicious breakfast at Chubby’s, where I ordered a bacon flight consisting of 5 different types of bacon (yeah!), and then checked out and headed a half-dozen miles south to Palm Desert/Indian Wells, where we visited the Living Desert, a combination zoo (containing only un-releasable animals), wildlife oasis, and state-of-the-art animal hospital.  A docent at Big Morongo Canyon the day before had recommended the Living Desert both as an interesting zoo and garden, as well as a good place for wild bird-watching, so we were interested to see what all was here.

Black-crowned Night-Heron by you.

Black-crowned Night Heron in the aviary

Joshua Tree/SoCal Trip – Part X – Tahquitz Canyon

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 (Continued from here):

After our lovely birdy walk at Big Morongo Canyon, we continued heading towards Palm Springs, stopping in Desert Hot Springs to check out Yerxa Cabot’s Pueblo (see photos here).  The tour was good, if a bit long-winded, but it’s definitely the sort of off-the-wall place that gives the desert a mostly-justified reputation for being inhabited by “colorful” characters.

From Desert Hot Springs, we continued into Palm Springs, checked into our hotel, and had a so-so Mexican dinner downtown before retiring early’ish.

Thursday, 30 April 2009:

We woke early and after a quick bite, drove a few miles to the trailhead for Tahquitz Canyon, one of three “Indian” canyons in/near Palm Springs located on the land of the Agua Caliente band of the Cahuilla tribe.  This was the first hike I can recall that charges admission.  Not  a typical parking fee, as found in most State & National Parks, but a per-person fee actually hike the trail – $12.50 per adult.  It’s hard to begrudge the tribe’s efforts to make a livelihood, however, and I certainly prefer this to yet more Casinos!

After quickly perusing the visitor’s center, we hit the trail at 7:50.

Visitor's Center by you.

Taquitz Canyon Visitor’s Center