Petrinske Park is pretty by itself but adding an old castle wall, towers and statues makes it beautiful
. Martina brought us through the park to a tower that was designed be a mock of the Eiffel tower, called Petrin tower. We decided we were only going to go up one tower in Prague, and since Martina recommended this one, we chose it. Petrin tower is positioned 3/4 of the way up a hill, but extends way higher than the hill, so it gives the best overall view of Prague. We could see Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the many bridges crossing the Vltava river, including the world famous Charles Bridge. It was a great starting point to give us a good overview of Prague. From Petrin tower the three of us walked to the Prague Castle grounds to scope out some tour information. We got to the castle gates during the changing of the guard, which was sweet to see (complete with trumpets blasting from the windows) but it was extremely crowded. We experienced crowds a little bit in Fussen, but not like this. We decided not to do any tours after 12 noon because it was just too busy. So instead we walked through the castle gardens down to the river and along the riverbank to Charles Bridge. If we thought it was busy at the castle, the bridge was even worse. But that's ok, because that wasn't our only trip to Charles Bridge. We continued to the Jewish quarter of the city and saw some amazing buildings. The Jewish cemetery was on a lot of Prague must see lists. The Jewish community in Prague was not given a lot of space for their cemetery compared to their population, so they were forced to bury their deceased up to twelve bodies deep. We didn't go in because it was quite expensive (and we were going to a bone chapel the next day), but instead, we looked through a window I saw on the other side of the cemetery. That window let us see everything we needed to.
Our next day in Prague started after we got back from Kutna Hora. Two highlights of the day were going to a little cafe called Dobra Trafika recommended to us by Martina, and going to the John Lennon wall. The John Lennon wall is a wall where it is ok to graffiti. There is a can of paint sitting near the wall that anyone can use to draw on the wall. I think the hippies would love this wall, because a common theme was peace and hearts and love.
More to come on Prague.
We started off our stay in Prague with a walk through Petrinske Sady (Petrinske Park) alongside our new couch surfing host Martina. Martina has grown up in Prague, but like most people we have met in Europe, she has stayed in other countries and is fluent in many languages. Her language repertoire includes Czech, English, French, and Spanish. We Canadians are feeling a little uncultured with our English or nothing upbringings. After our original couch surf request didn't work out, the lady who we requested to stay with is friends with Martina, and so she passed our request onto her. Martina graciously invited us to stay at her place for the three nights we requested, and offered to have us stay the other three nights we had booked a hostel for. Martina is currently studying for her masters in social working environments here in Prague, and has a part-time job setting up event posters around the city.