Prague Day 2

Trip Start Oct 10, 2013
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Trip End Oct 21, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Praha,
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weather:
The temperature was around 8 degrees.  With the wind, it was quite chilly.

Private Tour:
We had an early start on Day 2.  We cooked and ate a quick breakfast at our apartment since our guide, Kamil Voudrous was meeting us at our apartment at 9am.  

We started our tour in Old Town Square.  Kamil provided us a brief historical overview of the Old Town Square before we started toward our next destination.  Near the astrological clock, we noticed a bunch of women in bridal gowns getting their photos taken.  Since it was a Monday, I thought it was strange, but supposedly it's common among Asians and Russians couples.  As we continued our stroll along, Kamil showed us a few buildings that had pictures of animals on it i.e. golden snack or blue fish.  These pictures were used as part of the building's address since people were not literate at the time.  

The first major attraction we saw was the Charles Bridge.  Just before the bridge tower, there is a statue of Charles IV, the Emperor in the 14th century.  The bridge was fairly empty when we arrived since it was early. We crossed the bridge and entered Little Quarter.  Our first stop was Kampa Island.  It is considered an island because it is surrounded by a brook (?) separating it from the Litlle Quarter.  In the park, Kamil showed us a statue of large babies by Cerski (?).  Supposedly, similar statues are attached to the TV Tower.

We left Kampa Island and walked by Lennon Wall, a wall of graffiti that was dedicated to John Lennon.  

The next stop was St. Nicholas Church.  The architectural style is  High Baroque.  The church was covered in gold structures and was beautiful.   After the church, we took the tram 22 up to the top near the Castle.  As we entered the gate into the Castle, we passed two guards standing guard at the front.  We quickly bought our tickets and started our tour.  The first stop was St. Vitus Church. This Catholic Church houses the tombs and relics of saints and Kings.  The windows of the church were covered in stain glass except for one which was painted by Czech artist Mucha. One of the most unique items in the church was the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, the priest who was the confident of the Queen and was killed for not revealing her secrets to the King.  

After the church, we went to the Old Royal Palace, Basiliilica and Convent of St.George and through the Golden Lane.  After the Golden Lane, we went to a lookout point to get some nice pictures of the city form above.  The last part of the tour was visiting the Wallenstein Palace Garden

Lunch:
We went to a local restaurant recommended by our guide.  The restaurant was packed, but we managed to get a seat near the back.  We shared pate for an appetizer and ordered a grilled meat platter for two (which actually looked like it was for a platter for at least 4-5 people) and pork schnitzel.  We ended our meal with some caffe lattes.

After lunch we decided to head to the Musuem of Charles Bridge.  We paid a nominal fee and went through three small rooms that documented the construction of the Charles Bridge. 

After the Museum, we decided to head back to our apartment to rest.  After a full 2 days in Prague, we were decided to take it easy in the evening.  Our first guide, Marek suggested a board game night since he is an avid board game player.  So, we invited him over around 8pm and played some Sabateur and Citadel until midnight.  Marek is currently in the process of getting his board game published, so hopefully we'll be able to see play that one soon.

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