Trip Start Dec 18, 2008
25Trip End Jan 15, 2009
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Where I stayed
Wenceslas Opera Apartments , Vinohradska 22, Vinohrady
Today dawned bright and sunny - and minus 2! We had high hopes of snow as Michelle had seen that Prague was getting snow overnight - and a high today of 7 degrees.. unfortunately, no snow - it turns out that we should have gone on the BBC World site...it was Prague, Nebraska that got the snow!! Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
Anyway, off we went on our excursion through the dark and smelly and probably dangerous commuter tunnels linking us with Wenceslas Square. Not nice. It seems that everyone in Wein and Praha has a small dog on a lead...apart from the people who have a large dog on a lead. Some of the small dogs have more than a passing resemblance to rats. Wonder if some of the famous Praha sausages feature Chihuahua, poodle or terrier.It has ceased to be cute and is now repulsive. There is also no problem in this part of the world in wearing fur.
Then we caught a noon boat tour of the canals in and around the Charles Bridge.. and heard some of the recent history -including the 2002/3 floods which almost destroyed the bridge and the recent discovery of a (dead) shark in the Vlatva river. Bizarre. It's quite a way from the sea.Other stories centred around the world's second largest statue of Stalin - blown up in 1962 by Kruschev's order - and 1950s ice-skating on the river. Must have been bloomi' cold.Great views of the castle.
Then an authentic Czech pub lunch a few streets back from the tourist thoroughfares. The group split in 3 with some returning home, the majority going to the Communist Muzeum and Steve, Leigh and the boys heading for St Cyril & St Methodius Church.. why, you might ask? Well, Praha has more churches even than Vienna and it seemed a good idea at the time given it's Sunday. Hold on.. back that up. We're not R.C. let alone Czech Orthodox. No, this church is significant for a different reason.In 1942, a group of Czech parachutists assassinated Reinhold Heydrich, the Reichprotektor of Moravia and Bohemia - and the SS guy responsible for the Final Solution