Walk some more - see a lot more of Prague.

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
Trip End Jan 07, 2013

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Powder Tower, Henry's Bell Tower, New Town Hall, Dancing House, National Theatre, Bethlehem Chapel, Charles Bridge, Old Town Hao

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Today we had no timetable. After a bit of a sleep in, we had a leisurely breakfast, baths ( only thing wrong with this room - no shower or shower curtain - means when we have a bath the bathroom floor gets a clean at the same time! - craziest thing we have come across in so called 'modern' Europe) Checked email and skyped with Jen, Tim, Max and Stella - miss everyone more when we see and talk with them!
Out on to the streets just after ten. Great location here - 50m from huge Wenceslas Square and just under 10 min easy walk to all the main attractions in the Old City Square. No where near as cold today - ie. no wind. Some patches of blue sky early this morning but generally grey all day. No rain and I managed to go without gloves all day. Might be aclimatising?
Found some Jelinek Slivovice in a shopmwindow ans tasted this strong apricot schnapps type drink at dinner time. Goes well'with the 'cabbage moravian' soup I enjoyed enormoisly.
 Walked first to Powder Tower and then in to a new part of town to find Henry's Ball Tower. This is located across the road from a quaint little church and we spent some time walking around this area. Around every corner there is a new building or site of some interest. I just love this sort of experience in new places.
On through new streets to find the New Town Hall which turns out to be hundreds of years old and features another wonderful tower. Towers were built throughout the city initially as look outs in times of warfare  but later as watch towers checking for possible fires which in wooden neighbourhoods was always a great disaster. Some of the islands in the river were initially formed from the debris dumped into the river after whole neighbourhoods were destroyed by fire.
We then had a pleasant walk down to and along the river. First stop was the very modern Dancing Hall which seems very much out of place amongst its  very old neighbours. Our riverside walk takes us past the National Theatre and Charles Bridge. Great views back across the river to the Prague Castle City and the Lesser Town. 
Today we were again approached by someone wanting to exchange money on the street - this is the third occassion. We had been warned against this practice. As soon as youngetbyour tourist map out, they approach you with 'a great deal'. 
Have also noted more beggars and men 'down and out' in Prague than else where. Not unusual to see street musicians (small bands, violin, guitar, drums, ect)  and students studying.
Headed back towards city square checking out where we would eat tea on the way - U Knihovay was suggested by our second cousin Laura from Munich - located at 10 Veleslavinova, we can highly recommend this cafe when you are next in Prague. Both of us ate well and drank  a 0.5L beer (pivo) for only $25AU. 
On into and about the square, we bought some gifts and souveniers from a number of different shops. So many beautiful and interesting  things on offer if we only didn't have flights and another 6 weeks away to take into account.
Dropped shoppimg back to hotel room and then returned to square to enjoy the 16.00 display of the astronomical clock. A facinating device - top clock shows the current time, sunrise & sunset, phase of the moon and the season. The bottom clock tells the date, month and season of the year. Incredible technology for the time in which it was created and erected. At one time it was ot working for about a hundred years and in that time Prague suffered from warfare and the Black Plague - it is believed that if ever the clock stops again, more hard times will be experpienced by those living in Prague.
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just_judy on

Fascinating. They have a clock like that in the "Clock Room" in the Palace of Versailles.

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