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Today was our first full day in Prague. We managed to sleep well and headed out in the morning to see some of the sights before the crowds arrived. Since it was Sunday morning, we didn’t have to actually start out too early.
We went back to the old town square. Amazingly different looking when it isn’t full of people. We also went back to Powder Gate and Wenceslas Square. The old town square has some amazing buildings. The town ...
... impinge as much as you might think. We had free time to get lunch and investigate the stalls and shops, then into the Cathedral for a quick view.
Then on to another place I didn’t get the name of, which used to have a monastery (now, believe it or not, a tobacco museum run by Phillip Morris, the cigarette makers; when the guide first mentioned this I thought he was joking!) Here we saw an Ossuary – it has to be seen to be believed! When farmers were ...
... Emperor. By the 16th century, however the Crown of Bohemia's influence was diminishing and following the Battle of Mohács in 1562 the whole Crown was absorbed into the Habsburg Dynasty, along with the Kingdom of Hungary and the Archduchy of Austria. Revolt of the Bohemians against the Catholic Habsburgs led to the Thirty Years War, after which the chokehold of the Habsburg monarchy intensified, Catholicism was fiercely imposed and a gradual Germanisation of the ...
... I'd come back to and explore for a few extra days. But then, the joy of travelling is that each place seems to be better than the last, at least so far. Hopefully that continues.
At some point I want to write down a few more general impressions of Europe. That may have to wait another week or so, since time to blog on this tour is limited. But hey, I've still got over three and a half months here so there's plenty of time for reflection.
... 5 of us ordered off the Czech menu - I had pork in a creamy sauce with dumplings which was scrumptious! Could've eaten the whole thing all over again! We also had a couple of beers of course! When we'd finish - and a dealt with an angry waiter - we decided to go and try to find a bar for a couple of drinks. After walking for quite a while we eventually asked a local to recommended a place and ended up in this small bar which seemed to be full of locals - this was brilliant news to ...