Operation Eurotrip Part 5: Prague Day 1

Well yesterday I said the plan was to go to Prague Castle today. As usual the first casualty of any engagement is the plan. Thwarted again by not rising till the crack of noon. We were still able to go and see a lot today though.

Lunch at a small restaurant where it proceeded to storm like a small hurricane. We go back to the hotel to get the umbrella at which point not a drop of rain falls for the rest of the day.

First stop was a little farmers market just outside the hotel. Fresh bread, pastries and street food along with fresh produce and even a blacksmith.

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around Republic square

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Next up was powder gate. Built in the 15th century as part of the eastern city gate it was used to store gunpowder in the 17th century, hence the name.

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Some interesting building details…

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Next we stopped by the torture museum…

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the pear

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thumb screws

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godmothers violin

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chastity belt. male version omitted to remain family friendly

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Man in the iron mask?

Next we were off to the old town square. This is the location of the old town hall and it’s famous astronomical clock.

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memorial to John Hus, burned at the stake in 1415

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Old Town Hall

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astronomical clock. far too complicated to explain here. dates to 1572

For 105 crowns (about 5 bucks) you can climb up to the top of the tower for some spectacular views.

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Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

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the first Church of Saint Nicholas. There are two in this town.

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St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle from a distance

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Incidentally t I do have pictures suitable for panoramas when I get back home and can make them.

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statue in old Town hall

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interesting doorway

The following are house pictures, used to identify houses prior to Prague having street numbers and names.

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Johanne Kepler museum. Will have to hit that if there’s time.

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Next up is Charles Bridge, crossed by Kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors on their way to be crowned. Honestly its a little bit of a tourist trap. With all the vendors selling portraits and junk I would have thought I was on the Panama City Beach strip if I hadn’t known better.

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rubbing this relief is supposed to give you luck

Many more statues not included for brevity.

And finally here is the other church of Saint Nicholas…

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Then it was off to dinner, which was more goulash, and then since my little sister told me to get some…

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Then we managed to get somewhat lost. Having a map in Prague just means that you are lost with a map. Nothing makes logical sense. Place could have been laid out by drunken chimps. We did finally find our way back to the hotel though.

Right now the plan for tomorrow is an excursion to the Czech countryside and the bone church along with a ghost tour. We all know how plans have been going though.. .

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