The City of a Thousand Spires
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
35Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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We are staying in a hostel in the Old Town. It’s near the Old Town Square, which is a huge square that is popular with both locals and tourists. Really neat buildings and cathedrals surround the square. One of the main attractions is the Astronomical Clock on the bell tower of the Old Town Hall. It’s a very one-of-a-kind clock. There are actually two clocks, the one on the top is the real Astronomical one and the bottom is one that has a calendar with the 365 Czech names of the year
Since I wrote so much about the clock, I guess I’ll briefly say what we’ve done here in “Praha.” We went to the Mucha Museum
We saw the biggest castle in Europe- the Prague Castle. It has an enormous Roman Catholic gothic cathedral within the castle walls called St. Vitus Cathedral. It’s beautiful on the inside. It has so many stained glass windows too- one designed by Mucha himself. We also went on a 3 hour walking tour with a guide named Justin. He was energetic and funny. We got to walk everywhere around the city, starting in the Old Town Square, through the Old Town, to the “New Town” (still old to Americans), through the Jewish Quarter, and on to the river where the famous Charles Bridge is that separates Prague into two sides. We learned a lot about Czech history while we were here and heard a few cool legends. It would be too long of a blog entry to write them now but ask me later. Oh and we went to a Toy and Barbie Museum where they not only had really old toys from the 1700’s through the 1900’s but they had an entire floor dedicated to Barbies- starting from the original Barbie! It was awesome! I took so many pictures. There were even Spice Girl Barbies! We also went to an orchestra one night at the Church of St. Nicholas in the Old Town Square. The instruments were just an organ, a baritone, 2 trombones, and 2 trumpets but the music was incredible. We also walked down Wenceslas Square in New Town and found out about the 21-year-old who so wanted his country to be free from Communist rule that he burned himself to death in a demonstration on the steps of a the National Museum in 1969
This town is perfect for walking. That’s all we’d done up until today when we took a tram for the first time. We estimate we must have walked at least 13 miles yesterday because we were on the go all day, starting from that walking tour.
We met some really cool people in our hostel too. We’re staying in a room with 8 bunks so we meet new people as they cycle in and out every day. So far a lot of people seem to be traveling on their own. It’s a great city to be on your own though. There is so much to do and see, so many people to meet, (so many English speaking people here), and it’s an extremely safe-feeling town.
I love it here and am sad to say goodbye. We are leaving for Krakow, Poland tomorrow in the afternoon.
Prague has a little city feel for a big city. I feel that when I look around I see buildings from all over Europe in one city. The fall colors are out here. It’s the first time we’ve finally broken into 50 and 60 degree weather, where sweaters are required
All for now,