Josefov and a lost afternoon in a tearoom
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Wandered up to Josefov to take in some history, and look at the cemetery. The old - new synagogue is worth a look (Staronova synagoga) and you pass it on the way to the cemetery. There are some nice little stalls on the way too, selling an array of trinkets and some nice jewelry. The old Jewish cemetery (Stary zidovsky hrbitov) is quite moving as you learn about the overcrowding and life in the ghetto, the graves are all roped off to protect them and have symbols on the headstone to denote the profession of the deceased. A must see, all be it quite morbid!
Also around this area is a large number of designer shops, we ventured into a few but the staff didn't seem to impressed so we left without buying anything, it was almost as if we were rude to want to shop there!
Staying with the morbid theme we went to look at the Church of sv Jakub, the story goes that a thief tried to steal the jewels of the Madonna from the high alter, as he reached out the Madonna grabbed his arm and didn't let go.
We wondered across to Northern Nove Mesto for a quite look at Obecni Dum, a butt ugly Art Nouvea building on the way to hunt out a tea house. Ruzova Cajovna was the chosen venue known as the pink teahouse, not sure what really went on in here, ordered some tea from the vast menu and chatted for what seemed around half an hour, but when we emerged we'd been in there nearly 3 hours!! Nice place, with seats downstairs and a shop upstairs to buy some tea leaves in they take your fancy.
Decided to stay close to home to eat that night at Stara Doba, which was in the basement of our hotel. Great place to eat with traditional Czech food and drink, would recommend a trip.