Goodbye Europe, Great Britain and Ireland and hello again to Dubai, Fleur and Pete. We have had an amazing holiday and are sad it is finishing but we also are looking forward to going home. I always think if you look forward to going home, it means you have had a great holiday but home is always best. Today our lovely Receptionist at the Monastery, Andrea arranged our taxi and the price was 2/3rds what we paid for when we came the short distance from the train station to the Hotel. This time we went further for our Czech crown and the driver collected us right outside our door as well as came up to our room to help us down the stairs with our bags. There are no lifts in a Monastery ofcourse.
We were able to have a sleep in, a leisurely breakfast and a walk around the grounds. We also got seniors rates to go into the monastery's Gallery. Wow this was so amazing and as it was still before all the tour party's descended on the Abbey,new were th only ones there so we were able to stroll t 2 floors and see everything up close. The paintings and a few statues date backl to 1700s and were usually held there.They are so beautifully preserved and mostly done by artists who lived in Czech Republic of those times, many who stayed in the Abbey.
We still had time to go into the church finally as it seemed to always be closed before. As we walked through the galleries, wee could hear the Sunday Mass through the walls next door. The Mass finished and we were so glad we got the chance to go in. It was the most beautiful church with frescos on the ceiling and statues everywhere. The smell of incense burning was overpowering but lovely also. I know we should have attended Mass but we still went in and our whole experiences this morning were as valuable I feel.
We are now at the airport and about to board our 6 hour flight to Dubai. We will arrive about midnight and go to our hotel for a sleep before seeing Fleur and Pete.