Doing the tourist bit

Trip Start Apr 07, 2012
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prague (doing the tourist thing)

Today we went out to see the sights of Prague, it was a bus and train thing, with no one having any idea of the bus or train or even how much, but as usual it got sorted when the bus arrived
I have no idea what Czechoslovakia is famous for, except the Trabant and Skoda car and the country is always being conquered (in fact since 1989 this is the longest time in 500 years they have been able to govern themselves)

Anyway I took lots of pictures of lots of churches (St Vittus, patron saint of disco dancers)

The Charles bridge, very nice lots of statues of various saints and depictions of saints and lots of people doing pretty much the same as we were

I have posted the photos I took, if you know anything about anything on there, please let others know (because I don't really know much about this religion thing, except the churches looked old and made good photos)

We watched the changing of the guard, they looked very nice, but more chocolate box soldiers than proper soldiers, (we saw some in their greens, they didn’t march, more of an amble)

They have an Easter markets, lots of stuff, lots of crafts and of course, lots of food, they had some really nice cinnamon rolls, of course it wouldn’t have been right not to try out the food (I still didn’t try the goulash though)

<<<< I have seen everyones comments, but for some reason I cant reply to them, its either my daft little note book or something else, but I have read them all, Thanks everyone>>>

Now look at the photos
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MD on

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Malá Strana. It was actually called the Stone Bridge during the first several centuries.

Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. In charge of the construction was architect Petr Parléř whose other works include the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.

Baroque statues began to be placed along either side of Charles Bridge in the 17th century. Now many of them are copies and the originals can be seen in the Lapidarium The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava from the bridge. The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.

Charles Bridge is on the top of every Prague visitor's must-see list. It is also popular with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round. A great time of day to come to the bridge is at sunset when one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky.

The bridge is now a pedestrian zone (although both tram and car traffic were allowed there in the past) and is almost constantly filled with people. If you want to have it all to yourself, go there at night or very early in the morning

Talktofrank on

Great to see they finally let you out of Northolt... how's the coffee or did you take your own supplies? those guys playing soldiers look like their more show than go... where's next on the list?

rossport on

awesome mate thank you and hope the weather improves for you

Peggy Bright on

I love Prague. Glad you had a chance to look around.

anne on

the photo look really nice ,it look a nice place

Tone on

You seem to be moving at quite a rate there Del, be in Oz in no time mate. I got the impression from what you were telling me that you'd be hiking a fare bit.

derrick241 on

Bought my own coffee along with me, but I know I'm going to run out before OZ

We scarcely get a chance to really look round europe, I guess they think we have no interest in the place, just spend hours and hours of sitting on the bus watching the world go by

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