A Walk To Remember
Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
27Trip End Oct 07, 2012
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We took the tram to the North-side of the Jewish Quarter and decide we would walk from there back to our bed and breakfast. Our walk would take us through the Jewish Quarter, Old Town, and New Town.
Of the three areas of town we walked through today I found the architecture in the Jewish Quarter the most elaborate and beautiful. The Jewish Quarter has one of the most interesting collection of Jewish sights in Europe. During World War II, while the Nazis were decimating Jewish communities, Prague Jews were allowed to collect and archive their treasures. Since it is Saturday and Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath all the synagogues were closed to the public, so we were unable to see any of the treasures
After meandering our way through the Jewish Quarter we found ourselves in Old Town. The main focal point of Old Town is The Old Town Square. It has been a market square since the 11th century. If you stand in the middle of the square, near the statue of Jan Hus, and do a 180 degree circle you can see 5 types of Prague's architectural style. At one corner of the square is the Old Town Hall. The old Town Hall is where the Astronomical Clock is located. We were in the square about 10:40 and decided to wait around until 11:00 to see the clock go off. It was interesting thing to see and it happens quickly. If you do not know what you are looking for when the hour strikes you are sure to miss it.
From the Old Town Square we made our way to New Town and Wenceslas Square, although the square is more like a boulevard. We walked from the top of the square near the statute of King Wenceslas to the National Museum at the bottom. We would have liked to visit the National Museum but it is closed for renovations until next year. At this point it was almost noon and the weather was still fairly cold, the morning had started with rain and there was a brisk wind, so we decide to make our way back toward our bed and breakfast.
Before heading back we walked to the National Theatre on the Vltava River ad walked along the river past the Dancing House back to our room
It was 13:30 when we returned to our room. We had spent 4 hours exploring parts of the city. We decided to spend the afternoon in our room. First reason is because I am still getting over being sick, Ryan has caught it and is in the middle of being sick, and we are hoping to prevent Karen from getting sick. Secondly, the weather outside was miserable and tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be drier and warmer. The third and final reason we decided to stay in was because we did not want to run out of things to do by our third day.
We did venture out into the wind one more time today. Our host at the bed and breakfast recommended a restaurant down the street where we could try some Czech food. The food was good and the portions were enormous. We were all thankful we had not stopped for lunch. You can get a lot of food here for not much money. Our three meals, plus a bowl of soup, and three beers cost about 1000 Czech koruna; which is about 50 United States dollars.
Tomorrow we plan to head to the other side of the Vltava River and explore the Castle Quarter and Little Quarter before attending a Black Light Theater show.
Until tomorrow, as the Czechs' say - Ahoj! (Bye!)