It's a bit too chilly...

Prague Travel Blog

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Cam had checked before we went to bed what time breakfast would be arriving at, and he was assured it was 8am. We were planning to get an early start anyway being our last day, but when it had not arrived by 930 he was hitting the roof. I decided that it would be best if we got ourselves some food when we were out and this proved to be a good plan. After eating our fill at Paneterie we went down the Charles Bridge Museum, but it was closed for a function which put a bit of a spanner in the works.

On our way to our next destination we passed the Kepler Museum, so I suggested we stop off in there. Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571��" November 15, 1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astrononomy. They also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation. During his career, Kepler was a mathematics teacher at a seminary school in Graz, Austria, an assistant to astronomer Tycho Brahe, the court mathematician to Emperor Rudolf II, a mathematics teacher in Linz, Austria, and an adviser to General Wallenstein. He also did fundamental work in the field of optics, invented an improved version of the refracting telescope (the Keplerian Telescope), and helped to legitimize the telescopic discoveries of his contemporary Galileo Galilei. He lived and worked in Prague from 1600 ��" 1612. Kepler lived in an era when there was no clear distinction between astronomy and astrology, but there was a strong division between astronomy (a branch of mathematics within the liberal arts) and physics (a branch of natural philosophy). Kepler also incorporated religious arguments and reasoning into his work, motivated by the religious conviction that God had created the world according to an intelligible plan that is accessible through the natural light of reason. It was a fascinating read even if most of it went over our heads.

We wandered into the old town, and tried to hunt out the Jewish museum but it was a bit elusive, and we found ourselves nearer the city of Prague museum, which showcased Prague’s ancient history and a 3D model of the town. The model created between 1826 and 1834 by Antonin Langweil, a talented artist, earning his life as a servant in the university library, created an accurate miniature of the city as it looked like 150 years ago. Scaled 1:480, the model is two-by-two metres large and it comprises of more than 2000 buildings. The details are unbelievable, covering all the architectural elements of the buildings, but also capturing the real life ��" you can see broken windows, a ladder leaning against a wall or barrels on the ground. The houses are numbered, there are front gardens, trees, lanterns and the roofs are painted in their real colours. In many cases, the model is the only evidence of no longer existing buildings and it has been used to help to renovate facades of several historical houses. We headed back to the infamous strip of Wenceslas Square and refuelled with a salad and a hot chocolate (well we needed some nutrients).

The last thing on our agenda was the Kafka Museum, Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883, he is considered to be one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century. Kafka’s work most of which was published posthumously, continues to be a source of research, scholarship and philosophical discussion in diverse academic, literary and popular arenas. I had not heard of him before I set foot in a museum dedicated to him, but it was fantastically presented exhibition about the existentialist author. We stopped in at a Czech Tavern, before heading to pick up our bag before heading to the airport. Though we were sad to be leaving Prague, we were happy when we landed in Edinburgh and it was 10 degrees!

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