And were off!
Trip Start May 16, 2012
7Trip End May 27, 2012
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The 1730 st Nicolas church was quits beautiful as well. Wed consider coming back tonight for the orchestral concert here.....but we have classier (read: beerfest ) things to do.... :)
We wandered down cobblestone streets in the direction of the vlatva river, picking up bread and fruit at a mart, and had breakfast overlooking the river with a view of prague castle.
We crossed (with all the other tourists :)) At the pedestrian only Charles bridge. Fantastic gothic bridge from 1400. Every 15 feet another statue of a saint towering above you.
We hiked up (really...it's pretty steep!) to the worlds largest castle (guineas book certified!) but I'm telling you we couldn't get our bearings! With a bad map, large crowds, and too many ticket combination options we didn't know what to do! We wandered around for a few hours,,,but ultimately were overwhelmed and left. A shame for a place most would say can take a few days to explore. It WAS beautiful and scenic,,,we just didn't know what we were looking at!
We stopped for lunch in a small square (maltese sq) and had a lovely Czech lunch (beer, wine, meat in a gravy with dumplings) in a garden courtyard. A block behind us we found the John Lennon wall- a wall of art of Lennon and political graffiti since 1980.
From there we made our way to ujezd road and to church of our lady victorious. Now this was something. Church built 1613 and is centered around a small beeswax figure of baby Jesus brought from Spain 1628. The baby Jesus is prominently displayed and is dressed in rich robes. Apparently benefactors had donated such that there are 70 such robes the Jesus is dressed into by the nuns, I thought it was just interesting,,,but judging by the gasps, oohing & aching, and prayers muttered...apparently this beeswax Jesus continues to be held in great esteem and continues to be attributed with protection from the plague & 30 years war.
Fun! Next a funicular! Love these things. Took to the top of Petrine hill in search of stahov monastery and a glass of wine with a view... We walked down and up and down again- nothing! (well, we did go into the funhouse mirror maze we came across, and saw the Eiffel tower model built for Prague exposition in 1891) did I mention signage
is usually nonexistant here?
We walked down the hill, enjouing a glass of moravian wine with a view of Prague castle as a stop along the way.
It's pretty easy to tell which parts of the trip are designed for me and which are designed with Michael in mind :)
We took the metro far north to the outskirts of Prague to find the fairgrounds. Online said 800 m away....but we had to walk a ways in industrial looking area to find it. When we did we still weren't sure.....no signs, no directions, looked very quiet. But as it was still light out and we saw some stragglers walking too, we pushed on. We wandered past deserted exhibition halls following the faint sound of '90s rock :) finally came across a couple huge tents, food, beer, wine, music. FUN!
Beer, wine were good. The pear liquor shots made almost took me to the brink though. As did the fairground pizza made with ketchup.
Yes. Ketchup. Don't try it.
The way home at midnight was admittedly a little sketchy. The deserted fairgrounds were still deserted. And now not even lit. And the industrial area stroll? Also not better in the dark. But. We made it back to the metro and wenceles square safe enough. In fact even sat on a park bench and enjoyed a street sausage and ice cream while (g version)taking in the sights. (r rated version) watching prostitutes looking to score. Before we settled back in at the radisson.