Another Busy Day In Prague!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2013
Trip End Jul 15, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, July 8, 2013

Today was Charles Bridge today!  Yesterday when we travelled the half kilometer Charles Bridge, there were so many people and vendors that Denise and I decided that we would come back as early as we were able to today so that we could get lots of great pictures without having to manage tourists!  Imagine that. LOL

We arrived a tad later than hoped, but still got there before the vendors.  What a beautiful view all around. 

Being the oldest bridge in Prague, the foundation stone was laid July 9, 1397 and took until almost the end of the 14th century to be finished.  It is 9.4meters wide and 515.7meters long.  It leans on 16 semicircular arches and is decorated by 30 statues.  The architect of the bridge is the same as the architect of St. Vitus Cathedral.

The bridge has been threatened many times by floods: 1432, 1496, 1784, 1890, 2002 (largest flood as of the publication that I am reading).  And of course, the flood of June 2013.  I guess that the publishers are going to have to update their publication. LOL

From the bridge vantage point, there are a lot of beautiful scenes, many pictures were taken, and I have included a number of them here to give you an idea of what we experienced. 

After the Charles Bridge event, well, it was a Starbucks event for sure, so off we go to to enjoy our Starbucks. 

We continued to wander around the country side, stopping for lunch at Cerny Orel (accents not included!), and then writing out our "Before I Die I Want To..."  statements on the wall! 

Wallenstein Gardens, another destination, included an aviary.  I have included an image of a owl.  The owls were huge!  We counted about 7 of them. Peacocks also adorned the grounds. Along with ducks, birds and some fish in the central, circular pond.

And then our journey came to a close at the end of the day with yet another trek up the last 105 steps to the flat!
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