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... and found a ticket machine and avoided potential for a fine (oops) no signage in English but we figured it out :)
The Castle was stunning - it dominates the skyline and it didn't disappoint. The highlight was St Vitus Cathedral - wow - gothic amazingness. Wish we'd seen it in daylight - the stained glass windows appear amazing. All this walking and soaking up the sights left ...
... another piece of it. We then visited the former National Defense house where the base of the resistance was throughout the war. He took us to the only building that was destroyed during world war 2. Turns out, it was one of the pretty towers on the main square. It used to be old city hall and it was destroyed when the Germans thought the resistance was led in there. The guide had some great pictures to illustrate the before and after effects. Probably the best part ...
... carrying the couch up the stairs and Ross yelling "PIVOT, PIVOT". When I mentioned this to the girl at check in I was told they were saying "turn it, turn it", this hilarity increased my positive feelings of the place. The next morning after a slow start (I am on holidays) I walked for about an hour taking in the sights and making my way the the Hero Plaza to see the monument there and the park behind it. It was a lovely park with a lake in the centre. I walked about half ...
... and later executions. Out in front of the prison are symbolic grave markers for all the people who died there. There are two enormous symbols in the graveyard- a cross, and a star of david, since both Christians and Jews were prisoners there.
Seeing the prison in person was very moving. It's hard to imagine that actual people lived there. It looked like the type of place a poor family would house farm animals. Unfortunately, the guide ...
... was bummed about my lack of documentation of my days. But then I discovered.. Between seeing the city, getting lost on the trams/metros/busses, figuring out a map, improving (I hope) my sense of direction, watching out for dog poop and ice while walking, learning the Czech language, thus attempting to utilize what I've learned, being conscious of blending in.. in this very new culture, and taking in all of the change.. The fact that I haven't had the time ...