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Today got underway with a tour of the Prague Castle at 8:30am, so everyone had one more relatively early wake up call. Tomorrow is a full rest day, and we know everyone is looking forward to it.
The Prague Castle occupies a prominent position on a large hill overlooking the city, and is a showcase of beautiful architecture. It still functions as the residence of the Czech president today, and despite this, the security is very minimal. Our guide informs us of ...
... we were off to two other former synagogues that are now museums. The walls of the Pinkus synagogue hold the longest epitaph in the world, listing the names of those from Prague who died in the Nazi concentration camps. It also houses the permanent exhibition of children's drawings from Terezín. Terezín functioned as a transit camp between 1941 and 1945 where Jewish inmates were held before shipment east ...
... ready for bed. I hope the boys do not come home too far gone. John and I have a full day tomorrow. Our maps indicated that there is much to see and many hills to climb.
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... and steeped in history. Many parts of the castle were built at different times, so the architecture varies greatly in style. I think the gothic style is probably my favorite! Sunday night we headed to a restaurant in which there were beer spouts at each table. I have been working on becoming a beer drinker and was able to down a whole litre of Pilsner Urkell! I keep thinking about how perfect this tour would be for Cindy, being ...
... started playing a short refrain from the other side of the tower, and that was the end of the ceremony. It was pretty cool, because it was built soooo long ago, but its a funny tourist attraction, as it lasts like two minutes maximum, and so many people wait around every hour just to see it! After we went around the back to spot the trumpeter, we wandered down to the river to slowly start the trek back, and passed these guys selling river cruise tickets for about 300Kc (~$15), ...