Prague Travel Blog› entry 3 of 4 › view all entries
May 27th, 2007 – by: Browntown
We wanted to see the Prague Castle and take a walk around that area so we jumped off at Malostranska station and headed up a very long set of stairs to reach the castle grounds. It was no wonder they located the castle at the top of the hill, you can see for miles around and the view across the city was fantastic. Once we got through the Castle gates we realised the climb continued for another 100 or so meters up a long cobble stone roadway. We stopped occasionally to look at the plaques and any information that may have been scattered around so we could understand the history surrounding the castle.
The collection of toys was huge and varied. From trains to scary dolls to teddybears to robots. It was good to walk around and look at how the toys have evolved and how simple they used to be requiring the child to have a lot of imagination. Every now and again we'd come across a toy we remember having as a kid and mentioning that we still have it somewhere. There was also a massive collection of Barbie dolls from the original Barbie, through all those crazy hairdo's and outfits up to today. Ken, Midge and the whole friend/family were on display along with stars and bands such as Spice Girls and Michael Jackson.
In the centre of the castle grounds was the Saint Vitus Cathedral which is easily seen from outside the castle walls. When we approached the cathedral we could see a very very slow moving line that seemed to be filling up with more people by the second. We tried to pass them to see what was on the other side, but people were jam packed between the cathedral and buildings so that was a no go. And there was construction work being carried out on the other path which was creating heaps of dust so we decided not to explore the other side of the Castle grounds. We would discover the following day that there is actually a castle within the grounds, but on the other side of the cathedral.
At this stage we were getting a little peckish as it was well after lunchtime and most of the small eateries in the castle were full or just serving sandwiches, so we headed out of the grounds and down the stairs. We found a nice little restaurant with an outside area and decided on the set menu washed down with a beer. The food was nice, but a bit pricey for what it was which I guess isn't uncommon being in a touristy area. We'd seen some signs pointing towards the Wallenstein Grotto so we had to find out what it was all about. A short walk and we entered the Wallenstein Palace which is also home to the Czech Senate. The grounds are quite extensive with large outdoor areas. It was a pleasant surprise to find we'd arrived on a day that the Plzen region of was doing it's bit for tourist promotion.
Further into the palace grounds we found some peacocks and peahens walking freely around the grounds. They must have been used to alot of people as they didn't run away as people approached. There was also a large pond which was home to large schools of koi and some ducks. Overall the palace was a really nice place to spend a few hours on a sunny afternoon.
That night we went to a nearby pizza restaraunt and had a very nice meal outside under the stars. We turned in early as tomorrow was going to be an all day (well not quite) tour of the city.
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