Lesser Town? Oh Lesser Town!
Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
11Trip End Aug 05, 2012
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There are lots of old churches, nunneries, embassies, and an assortment of interesting buildings. One of the churches we visited housed the "Infant of Prague", a statue made of wax that is reputed to have been made by St. Teresa, founder of the Carmelite Nuns. It was brought to Prague by a Spanish family and soon miracles were being attributed to it
One of the things on my list to see was the Lennon Wall. Located in Lesser Town, it is a wall dedicated to John Lennon and the concept of peace. People write Lennon quotes and decorate the wall. I came prepared with my marker and quote and found a spot to write on. Although some recent markers are more of the "Killroy was here" variety, the wall still mostly stays true to its original purpose.
Next up was the walking tour of the Charles Bridge. I had found the informational walking tour on line and it explained what each of the statues on the bridge were and their significance. It made the walk across the historic bridge more meaningful. The bridge is also the place to people watch. We saw every sort of person you could imagine. We even ran into a bachelor's party where the groom was dressed in women's lingerie and a veil! Of course, we posed for pictures with them. Although the statues on the bridge are now copies (with the originals safely away), it is still a cool thing to do. At the end of the bridge opposite of Lesser Town is the road that will lead you to Old Town
By now it was beginning to sprinkle with the threat of a downpour. We headed back to Lesser Town and down to the riverbank of the Danube to a restaurant overlooking the river and the Charles Bridge. We sat under huge umbrellas on an outdoor patio as the deluge began. We ordered drinks and dinner (which was quite good) and relaxed, ate, enjoyed the view, and waited out the rain. There are several restaurants along this stretch of the river, and you just need to head down a side street to find one.
Once the rain stopped we headed back, first climbing up a narrow pedestrial alley with a stop/go sign like when you cross a street. It is only wide enough for a person at a time and a line forms waiting for the green light. We walked back through lesser town to the tram station (subway station was closed), where a friendly person helped us find the correct tram back to our hotel. Our last day in Prague has been delightful.