Who needs a Eurail pass, we could of swum Europe.
Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
185Trip End Jan 10, 2011
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The next day we awoke to find it freezing cold and overcast but at least no rain
Prague really surprised me; it turned out to be one of the prettiest cities I have visited in Europe, which I really was not expecting. Anyway we spent 3 hrs walking around looking at all the sights and seeing what this beautiful city had to offer. On completion of this we decided to go on a tour of the Prague Palace which also was stunning. The only problem was this meant we were on tours for nearly 6 hrs which really took it out of us (god help us when we go back to a job)
Our last day we awoke to find the weather had once again caught us and it was absolutely pissing down. We had decided it was going to be a pretty easy day anyway and only had planned to visit a couple of sights. One of these was Town square where there was a massive astronomical clock that every hour had little figures that dance and move. It really sounds better than it looks but we figured we better go and see for ourselves.
We then set off to the Jewish quarter to go to a museum, which our guide explained the day before was a must do whilst in Prague. The Pinkas synagogue is dedicated to the Jewish victims of Bohemia and Moravia and contains names upon names of victims, approximately 80,000. About 10,000 children were sent to Theresienstadt of which, only 100 survived. During their time there, they were given art lessons and a room in the Pinkas synagogue contains this artwork. You would think their drawings would be quite negative and hopeless. But in fact, the children's artwork often contained pictures of themselves with family and friends, of drawings of them going home and in general, of hope. When it became apparent that they were all going to be deported to the extermination camps, the art teacher collected and hid about 4,500 artworks. They are now the only documented evidence that these children existed. Only 100 of them survived.
Unfortunately it was a Jewish holiday and it was closed so this would not be possible. Now the weather was really set in so it was time to do some shopping have some lunch and return to the shelter of the hostel to stay warm and out of the rain before we move on.