Walking through the Old Town
Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
20Trip End Jul 06, 2013
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This morning we paid a hotel taxi driver about $35 to take us to the central square. There was not too much that we wanted to do today but somehow it took us all day to do it
Anyhow, getting back to St Nicholas, the church has old wooden pews, well worn stone floors and colorful stain glass windows--that date back to the 1500s. Very impressive. We decide to purchase tickets to attend their concert that night at 5pm before leaving to see the surrounding sites.
The St Nicholas sits on one side of the square, The church of Tyn sits on another side and on the other side is located the town hall with the astronomical clock. As we cross the square we see the usual mix of tourists and also those seeking to make a little money from the tourists. On a bench sitting next to a group of visitors is a young man all painted in gold. From his shoes, to his cap, even to his glasses, all is gold colored. He doesn't move for the whole time we were in the square; but some persons drop a coin in the cup he has provided
From the performers we continue on to the Wenceslas Square. Although the square was originally founded by King Charles IV in the 1300s, it it is better known as the site of all of the major protests and events. It was here that the Nazis staged their entrance in WW2, where the Communist had their rallies and where the revolution began that threw out the communists in 1989. Now the square is lined with high-end shops and restaurants. Amongst the newer shop buildings are old apartment buildings that date from the early 1800s. Those older buildings are very ornate while the newer buildings are plain.
On our way out of the square we stop at a local restaurant and have a light meal before returning to St. Nicholas for the 5 pm concert. In the church we enjoyed the music of a harpsichordist, an oboe player and the organist. All classical music. I see that despite the great number of available concerts available daily, this one was attended by about 120 persons, all paying an average of $25 to hear the music.Now it is obvious to me why there are so many concerts.....do the math. The concert business certainly pays better than the church can earn on the Sunday offering plate.
As we leave the church we hear very lively Scottish tunes coming from the square. We wander over and enjoy traditional Highland music played by a bagpipe, a drummer, a base and guitar. The music was so enjoyable that we bought 2 of their CDs to take home with us.
At the edge of the square we grab a taxi and head back to the Hilton. Call it a day well spent.
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