|my willing travel companion|
|looking up Wenceslas Square towards the National Museum which was closed for renovation|
|Powder Tower - now a restaurant and museum|
A few times a day, the clock parts put on a show.
|walking up inside the tower|
views from the top:
We spent a rain delay in the midst of sightseeing inside this church - a free, dry place to sit.
A wedding! I imagine some guests at El Conquistador have pictures of Cathy and Mark along with their own vacation shots.
This is a big lie. We went inside and they not only did not have Neuhaus, they had nothing familiar! However, the Prague airport did have a Neuhaus chocolate store and we just happened to have some left over Czech Kroner to spend. Yum.
|concert hall - didn't go inside this trip|
A friend of Czech descent who has been to Prague enlightened me about the cemetery:
"why the grave markers in the Jewish cemetery were all so close together... it's because they continually ran out of room in that small space, so they when one 'level' was filled, they removed all the gravestones, created a new level, and double stacked the gravestones, then triple stacked, etc. I always thought it was a very moving scene..."
|cemetery is behind the wall|
|inside of one of the synagogues - walls covered with names of the dead|
|tower at entrance to Charles Bridge|
|rear side of entrance we just walked through|
Statues line the bridge and now there are also craft stands.
|almost to the other side|
|walking up to the castle complex|
The castle has guards and there is a changing of the guard ceremony multiple times daily. As expected, a large crowd formed in anticipation.We did not have a good vantage point. Just like other guards I've seen, these were trained to look straight ahead and not respond to jeers from stupid tourists. Evidently there is an invisible line that should not be crossed. We were standing near a group of teenager tourists. I couldn't understand their words, but I believe one was dared to go right up to one of the guards and try to make him laugh or something. The boy went up to the guard and was right near his face making sounds. The guard very loudly smacked his gun on the ground. Wow! Sounded like a shot. The kid came running back with a very red and embarrassed face! Served him right. I thought it was great.
|typical tourist photo|
|look at this guard out of uniform!|
|St. Vitus's Cathedral at Prague Castle|
different styles of stained glass - both inside the same cathedral
|at Prague Castle - I'm really not that much shorter!|
People still come to add their mark to the wall.
|pretty canal near the Lennon wall|
I enjoy people watching wherever I travel and I am also drawn to the street musicians. We saw quite a few here. I do give some money, but they have to be good!
|Czech bagpiper and friends|
|close up so you don't miss his shoes|
|metal tips on fingers for playing the washboard|
|interesting percussion section|
Rather than going to one of the many classical music concerts, we decided to try a Black Light Theater which allegedly began in Prague. Never having experienced it anywhere else, why not give it a try?
Of course, no pictures were allowed during the performance. The postcard they gave us gives an idea of what you may see. We did not see the animal show, so no zebras. The black light dance was similar to ballet, but we usually could not see the whole dancer's body. Those routines alternated with a pantomime story about two stupid thieves and an even more stupid cop. Both were amusing and interesting at the onset. Both went on too long. Especially annoying was the school group that was very noisy throughout. I was surprised no one shushed them or asked them to leave.
|"Must" try the Czech pilsener!|
|why is this in Prague? no idea|