Praha Day 2

Trip Start Sep 30, 2008
Trip End Oct 10, 2008

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The 4 hr train from Berlin to Prague was comfortable. We read, slept and had lunch as the
countryside whirred past us. Some
spots were picture perfect (and I didn't shoot any of them!) as we meandered
along the river at 60mph. Fall is
approaching and you could see patches of orange, red and yellow across the
mountains. The rivers in Europe
always amaze me-especially when one thinks of the Rio Grande. The poor RG would really be nothing
more than a stream here! One would
be lucky to float a toy boat there-especially down in south Texas. OK, Texans I'm not bashing your river .
. . it's just that all the damning up stream has made the river quite
pathetic. So of course, now we
need a wall. Guess if the Berlin
wall came down we must have another one come up somewhere else. Oy!

So 3 more photos from Berlin and on to Prague. The first photo should be of the
building that houses the legislative offices. It is the one that sits on the river Speer. It looks like an artist's rendering,
but it is exactly as you see it.
The second is of Germany's equivalent of the white house. Though Angela doesn't live here she
does have offices there. And the
last we thought was pretty funny.
After a long day of looking at some very phenomenal examples of how the
Germans have been able to very effectively combine the past with the present
with an eye to the future, we got to see this example of how not do attempt
this if you are not a professional.
At the train station on the way home we came upon this building. It looks like a modern "box" was just
set atop an old building. We
laughed til we wet ourselves....OK only Paul did but I said I did too.


Our guide came to pick us up at 2pm and gave us a short
history and then took us for a walk.
First thing we saw was the subway.
One of the few things the Russians left that was positive was the subway
system. First two photos are of
our stop around the corner from the hotel. Next we made it to one of the main areas of town in the new
city. This is Wenseslos Square. Those of you old enough to remember,
this is where much of the resistance back in the 60s (against the communists)
took place. In fact it was here
that two students burned themselves.
Also, where the independence from the Soviets was celebrated. One of the next photos is from one of
the art deco buildings were there are a couple of restaurants and a space for
music performances. The next one
is a cubist building....I didn't know it extended into architecture. Apparently there are very few and most
are in Prague. Then, a gargoyle...which
I love and this was my favorite that was in a tower that was left from the
original building of Charles University.
The green building is the place where Mozart premiered his "Don Giovani." The Czechs loved it and apparently the
French hated it....there's no accounting for taste! Then next several photos are of the central square in the
old part of town where we sat to watch the sun set. There's an old clock tower that everyone comes to
watch. If you look close you'll
see the apostles peep through the two little windows on each side of the
clock. The figure on the right is
St. Peter. Apparently medieval people
needed to be scared into behaving appropriately: the saints are watching you!

And the last is a photo of our walk across the bridge to get
to our hotel. We're visiting the
castle on the hill tomorrow (today).
Our hotel is at the bottom of the castle...glad they don't use chamber
pots anymore!
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