This is the inside of my train from Berlin to Prague, old but it did the job. I was actually sitting in the wrong seat but when the conductor checked my ticket and didn’t say anything about it, I just relaxed. Sitting across the aisle from me were Tim and Eric, fellow travelers from Washington, D.C., that I had the opportunity to talk with, so not finding my assigned seat allowed me to meet two really nice people. April 29, 2016

With my hotel, just a five minute walk away and my Rick Steves guide book in hand, I entered the stately and beautiful Old Town Square in Prague and just stood there for a few minutes. I was having a self-contained giddy moment…I’m in Prague. The square was packed with selfie takers, Segway tour promoters, groups, students, pigeons and me. I walked, admired and took in the beauty of a place I had read about and seen photos of, but now I’m here. Wow! April 29, 2016

This huge monument in the square is of Jan Hus – the religious reformer who became a symbol of Czech nationalism for galvanizing the people to fight for their religious beliefs and independence from foreign control. April 29, 2016

A view of the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. April 29, 2016

And, one more view of the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. April 29, 2016

This 600-year-old Astronomical Clock, mounted on the Old Town Hall at the Old Town Square in Prague, has the huge clock dial and a mechanical performance at the top of the hour that includes a procession of Apostles and moving statues. People packed the square to see it. April 29, 2016

The stunning Church of St. Nicholas in Prague’s Old Town Square. April 29, 2016

Beautiful art work and architectural details on a building in Prague’s Old Town Square. April 29, 2016

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, is a fairy-tale town crowned by a castle with the Vltava River winding through it. April 30, 2016

The beautiful, picturesque and charming Cesky Krumlov, a 13th century medieval town in the Czech Republic. April 30, 2016

On a beautiful and clear day like today, Cesky Krumlov shines along the Vltava River in the Czech Republic. April 30, 2016

The crowning jewel of Cesky Krumlov’s town along the Vltava River is its Castle, Chateau and Tower. April 30, 2016

The courtyard to the Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic. April 30, 2016

The Castle Chapel at Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic. April 30, 2016

Considered the oldest preserved horse drawn carriage in the Czech Republic is this work of art made in Rome in 1638 and housed at the Cesky Krumlov Castle. April 30, 2016

A view from the Cesky Kromlov Castle of the stunningly beautiful town and the Vltava River in the Czech Republic. April 30, 2016

The Masquerade Hall in the Cesky Krumlov Castle is truly whimsical and magical. These walls were decorated in 1748 by Josef Lederer whose paintings depict 135 aristocratic figures enjoying a fancy-dress ball full of masks and foreign costumes. April 30, 2016

Here’s a close up of a Masquerade Hall mural at the Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic. April 30, 2016