Seeing lots and lots of Praha (plus Castle and Don Giovanni)

Prague Travel Blog

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Ah, Czech in the morning...
    Although I thought I would be traveling alone, the magic of hostels brought me the fortune of being roomed with these two girls from St. Louis-- Emily and Jennifer. They were really nice girls and invited me to join in on their plans at any time, if I wanted to. I thought it’d be nice to have someone to take pictures of me :) so the three of us went out to walk around and see some sights.
 
    For the first day, one of my biggest goals was wandering. We went all over the city together on our own walking tour. We saw the Old Town center and the Astrological Clock, walked up the riverbank towards the Charles Bridge, and the area of shops and old homes around the entrance to the castle. We made a few stops for hot dogs and gelato but were pretty busy taking in as much as possible.
Sweet

    We only saw part of Prague Castle, or Prazsky hrad, today, as the tickets we bought allowed us to go in and out of the museum for several days. One of the first things we did was go in St. Vitus’s Cathedral. OH MY GOD. SO beautiful. Inside was some of the most beautiful stained glass I have ever seen. And I’ve been to Notre Dame. This was serious. My pictures will no do it justice, but it will be forever in my memory. I was lucky that Emily was an art history major in college because she knew SO much stuff about the architecture and the pieces of art we looked at all day. It was like having my own personal tour guide! In the cathedral she showed me the influences of the different decades/centuries of design, since different parts of the chapel were completed many years after others.
Old Town

    Inside the cathedral there is a scary tower, the South Tower, which is 315 feet tall (and, I’d assume, MORE in steps), which Emily and I climbed. It is really steep and extremely narrow, and was not built for anyone who was taller than 6 feet, had any degree of claustrophobia, or for streams of two-way-traffics of people to be passing each other. This made for a frightening, seemingly never-ending experience. However, it was still neat to do, and we saw some cool views at the top.
    After that we wandered around some old streets with shops inside the castle grounds with lots of artifacts. We saw some ancient torture devices (just as any worthwhile castle would have!), AND, we went to a “doll museum,” which had a huge exhibit on Barbie (SO random) that we got a kick out of.
The astrological clock
It was kind of like Barbie through the ages, so they had some neat old ones, and then ones of the Spice Girls Britney Spears. Why? Why in the Prague Castle? No idea.

    Exhausted from the castle, we went down the hill and got some hot dogs and Snapple before heading home. There are hot dogs everywhere here. At this point we had walked very far away from where we’d began, and trying to navigate home from the museum was tricky. We decided to take the underground back, which we had to be economical about. Even though everything is significantly cheaper here than... well, anywhere else I’d ever been (thanks to the we-have-only-recently-been-accepting-visitors-because-of-communism-and-we-want-your-money tourism views), this was the end of a year of spending a lot of money, and I still had to watch it.
Dudes that come out of the clock
With the subway here you don’t buy a one-way or two-way ticket, but a ticket worth 75 minutes or 90 minutes, etc. So you’ll want to work it right to get the most bang for your buck. Be warned, potential Prague-travelers.

    In the evening we grabbed some traditional Czech food (including some apple strudel-- yum!) and then went to see the marionette version of Don Giovanni. Marionettes are said (at least said by my guide book...) to be a very old tradition in Prague, and this one is extra special because of Mozart’s history with this city. The show was interesting, but after a VERY full day of running around, we were a bit sleepy. All I know is that Don Giovanni is quite the ladies’ man.

 
Quest says:
I love this city and one day I'll go back there..
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
londonstudent says:
That so makes me want to visit Prague myself :)
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
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Ah, Czech in the morning...
Ah, Czech in the morning...
Sweet
Sweet
Old Town
Old Town
The astrological clock
The astrological clock
Dudes that come out of the clock
Dudes that come out of the clock
Church of St. Nicholas in Old Town…
Church of St. Nicholas in Old Tow…
The tower with the astrological cl…
The tower with the astrological c…
Some street-age while wandering
Some street-age while wandering
The Charles Bridge over the Vltava…
The Charles Bridge over the Vltav…
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Communist radio towers, perhaps?
Communist radio towers, perhaps?
One of the entrances to Charles Br…
One of the entrances to Charles B…
Parading down the bridge
Parading down the bridge
The Lorraine Cross (where John Nep…
The Lorraine Cross (where John Ne…
They say youre supposed to make a…
They say you're supposed to make …
Statue of St. Cyril and St. Method…
Statue of St. Cyril and St. Metho…
Statue of St. John of Nepomuk. As …
Statue of St. John of Nepomuk. As…
Taken from the shore of the west s…
Taken from the shore of the west …
The opera house
The opera house
Hot dogs!
Hot dogs!
A church
A church
HOUSE SIGNS-- Pragues houses didn…
HOUSE SIGNS-- Prague's houses did…
More house signs-- The White Swan …
More house signs-- The White Swan…
Emily and Jenn on some steps in Ma…
Emily and Jenn on some steps in M…
The entrance to Prague Castle!
The entrance to Prague Castle!
Hardcore
Hardcore
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus' Cathedral
Cathedral detail... scary, huh?
Cathedral detail... scary, huh?
SOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!…
SOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!…
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A little fuzzy... sorry... but so …
A little fuzzy... sorry... but so…
Views from the top of the tower!
Views from the top of the tower!
A neat old bell on the way down th…
A neat old bell on the way down t…
Emily and I praying we will make i…
Emily and I praying we will make …
The High Altar
The High Altar
Streets of the castle grounds
Streets of the castle grounds
Im not really sure what this is a…
I'm not really sure what this is …
Torture devices... eee...
Torture devices... eee...
The Doll Museum!
The Doll Museum!
My sister and I used to have this …
My sister and I used to have this…
Lovely Czech dinner
Lovely Czech dinner
Yay marionettes!
Yay marionettes!
Oh, pictures in the dark...
Oh, pictures in the dark...
Extras stolen from Jenn: astrologi…
Extras stolen from Jenn: astrolog…
Clock detail
Clock detail
Jenn and I by the river
Jenn and I by the river
So awkward
So awkward
Now I will have good luck, too!
Now I will have good luck, too!
Castle guard
Castle guard
Cant get enough of this stained g…
Can't get enough of this stained …
Emily and I heading back down from…
Emily and I heading back down fro…
Prague
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