Adventures in Prague
Trip Start Dec 31, 2011
6Trip End Jan 14, 2012
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Our room is a gorgeous suite, and the hotel has a lot of charm. The hotel is made of four structures – a baroque palace, two medieval houses and a neoclassical building from 1836. Supposedly, Mozart lived here at some time. The best part about our stay here has been the wonderful staff. In fact, when we got to the hotel, they sent us champagne and wished us a Happy New Year.
Since we got into Prague in the late afternoon, we went straight out to sightsee. Our first stop was the Christmas Market in Old Town Square. There was a huge and beautiful Christmas tree, and tons of street vendors selling crafts and food
In Old Town square, we saw the famous astronomical clock which features four different characters representing vanity, death, greed and the last one was a drunk Turk. Jen's favorite was the "greedy Jew" with his bag of money. Seriously – check it out on Wikipedia. We also saw a Gothic church named The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, which was built in 1461. Other than being really pretty in pictures, there is not much to say about it. Later, we headed to Wenceslas Square where we saw some people sitting in a store window with their feet in a pool of water being eaten by small fish. The fish were eating the dead skin off their feet. It was a sight to see.
That night, we had dinner at Rainer Maria Rilke, a Czech restaurant down the street from our hotel. Jason had duck, and by that we mean the entire duck. It was as big as his face, and he still managed to eat the entire thing. Jen was grossed out as usual.
The next day, we got up early because we found out the night before that the sun goes down around noon. Just kidding, it is actually 4:30 pm, but it sure felt like noon. Our first stop was to the Charles Bridge, which was first built in the 10th century; however, it has since been restored numerous times
Day Three – The Day of the Dead. In honor of the Jewish tour we were about to begin, we started off the day at Bohemia Bagel for breakfast. It was a nice change from the prior breakfasts of watered-down orange juice and tasteless cereal. Next, we headed to the Old Jewish Cemetery where 12,000 Jews had been buried since approximately the 14th century. There were so many graves that they had to put the bodies on top of each other so they could make room. We also went to some old Jewish synagogues where they also included a museum of the history of Prague’s Jews. Many of them were sent to Terezin, a holding camp before sending them to places like Auchwitz and Dachau. In one of the synagogues, every wall was filled with names of the Jews who were sent to their deaths. It was really moving to say the least.
That afternoon, we headed on a tour to the town of Kutna Hora, an old mining town known more today for its churches
We are now off to Cesky Krumlov, a small town in Czech Republic. We woke up at 5:30 this morning to get to the taxi that took us to the wrong bus station. Thankfully, we made our bus. It wouldn’t be a trip to Europe without an unexpected travel hiccup now, would it?