Day 12 - Christmas Eve

Trip Start Dec 11, 2016
Trip End Jan 16, 2017

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

We had seen Prague Castle from our window but had not yet been anywhere near it as it was on the opposite side of the river to us. So we walked across the river on Charles Bridge and then on our way we stopped at a cafe which was underground! We finally made it to the Castle and were a little shocked even though we had been warned about its layout on our tour. The Castle is not one building, but actually 34 different buildings. Now many of the buildings have been turned into shops and accommodation so it was quite different. The main part of the Castle to look at now is St. Vitus' Cathedral but the lines were extremely long, even on Christmas Eve (which is more like our Christmas Day in Prague). So instead we wandered around the rest of the castle until the rain set in and we thought we better leave as we still had to walk home. After lunch Soph, Emma and Billy went on a WWII and Communism tour after the success of the last tour. It was really informative and interesting. We couldn't believe that it was only 25 years since the Czechs were freed from the oppression of Communism. We also heard the story of Operation Anthropoid which was so interesting and sorrowful and got to visit the Church where the final battle between the Czech resistance fighters, who killed Reinhard (the Nazi "Protector" of Czech), and the Nazi Army took place. After this tour was over we briefly went home and then headed out to Christmas  Eve dinner at this great Czech brewery pub called Novomestsky where we got authentic meals (duck legs, trout, goulash, chicken in cheese sauce, more apple strudel and great beer! Then at 10 that night we went to the Church of St. Francis for an almost midnight mass. It was all in Czech so we couldn't understand a word of it but the church was beautiful and ornate (as all European churches are really) and the singing was good. 
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