Trip Start May 16, 2012
Trip End May 27, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, May 19, 2012

were staying off the museum circuit this many coins and books and nothing in English.....but we DID at least take a look at the grand national museum at the top of wenceles square.
Wenches square isn't so much a square as a boulevard in the middle os the road....but impressive things have happened there from medieval marketplace to being where the end of communism in Czechoslovakia was announced.
Lucerna passage is a gilded and marble arcade nearby. Cool because there is a knockoff & upside down copy of the wenches sq horse sculpture hanging there.

At the other end of the square we went to the museum of communism. It was really interesting and showed some amazing films. The propaganda posters were fantastic- unreal what the messaging was about the 'American aggressors'etc. Reminded me of our fav propaganda museum in shanghai too!

And church#5 of 1732 (by michaels count anyway...) church of our lady of the snows. (a necessary stop for minnesotans). It was another lovely gothic 14th century church. Lunch was tasty Czech at a nearby courtyard.

Now for the rewind: much to michaels chagrin, just can't let go of that stahov monastery!!
Funicular again, wander again, but this time: success! As we approached we heard victorious music ringing in the air.
No really. We did. There was a band playing on a green knoll outside the monastery! So nice!!
Just as I suspected, totally worth a redo! Monastery founded 1140, stunning library, 9th century book collection AND a church that Mozart played at.
Also, an oddity outside; the miniatures museum. A guy who used to make eye surgery tools now makes mini artwork like train on the leg of a flea kind of mini. Weird and so cool. Since the artwork is tiny and looked at with microscopes, the gallery was one small room. Saw just as much as would in a normal sizes gallery though!

We then moved on to Loretta square where the loretta houses some fantastic sights. To highlight: two saint skeletons covered in wax, presiding over front of the church, pilgrimage site for a bearded lady saint, virgin mary's house that was delivered here by angels. Also some interesting funerary items. Our favorite site so far!

We walked back down historic Neruda street enjoying the renaissance buildings, the sun setting and a glass of that Moravian wine.

We had beer hall ambitions for dinner....but instead only made it across the street from the hotel for Chinese food. Good thing, as we need the time to come up with some travel plans!
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