Prague is Beautiful

Trip Start Jul 19, 2006
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Trip End Sep 18, 2006


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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Got out early today and started walking, the hotel gives you one of those walking tour maps. Walked from 9am to 5:30 pm and I am through for the day - exhausted.

This has so far been the most impressive place I have seen. It is beautiful - the buildings and all of the work that is on each building. Carvings and statues around the doors and windows - who knows how to do this stuff? I love the walkways they are little square stones. I watched someone doing a new walkway and they just tap these stones in place in a dirt/sand bed. Yes I took a picture. I don't think I was suppose to be where I was because some men came around the corner carrying machine guns??? I left......I couldn't tell what the writing said on the building, but after seeing the guns I noticed somehow I was behind a barricade, you know like the ones that were put around the White House after 9/11. Must have been somewhere important.

I did not get what I would call lost today, but will say it seems none of these streets go in a straight direction. I have a pretty good sense of direction, but somehow ended up two bridges down from the Charles Bridge. You will see from the pictures from one bridge to another is no small area. I should have read some history on Prague before coming here. There are statues and cathedrals throughout the city, it is amazing to just walk around here. The people I had met before coming here said it is not to be missed and they are right.

I'm back, fire alarm went off in building, they claim something got extremely hot and set it off???????Extremely. Now it was not the regular sounding alarm, so went to the door, a women was walking casually down the hall - I ask "is that a fire alarm?" She answers "must be it is not your phone" -smart a--. Went back to room to grab some things, guess what I grabbed? The electronic stuff, threw it all in my backpack and then called downstairs to see if they really thought I needed to leave the room. Really - this is how I handled it. She told me the extremely hot story so I took my clothes off and laid back down.

On to today..........so there are many pictures of buildings and statue, some I knew from my walking map, some are a mystery - but still beautiful. Also found a shop with art work from Czech Republic artist only and found the marionette I was in hopes of getting myself. In the picture the man had already started wrapping her stings up, but you can still see how pretty she is. Wooden and hand painted, she is a ballerina. There was a fellow with her but she will have to live alone as she cost some denaros - I mean czechos . The money thing I have worked out, sort of. I have figured out that when you are getting money back if you keep your hand out and keep wiggling your fingers they will keep adding money until they look ill. Then you probably have the right change. I am not talking about shop people. I am talking about the ones taking the money for you to use the WC (toilet for you Americans) . I have not mentioned this before but here goes. This fact is true - you are not leaving any pee-pee or anything in a toilet in this country without paying for the deposit - get my drift. Seriously the toilets even in the parks have someone there smoking and drinking coffee to point to the sign and collect the money as you come in to pick a stall. They are not paying for the toilet paper just because you have a problem. I do not believe I have went to a bathroom (other than in someone's home) without paying since arriving here. You pay to go to WC in museums, parks, even today it would have cost to get in line at a McDonalds bathroom (no joke), train stations even have a man standing there. At the one in Amsterdam he was sitting on a stool EATING his lunch. I am not kidding you people.

Went on Charles Bridge today. There are huge statues on it. The one you are suppose to touch for luck ,DivoIoann (I think?) well I stayed away from him. With my life that touch could backfire and I would an even bigger mess to deal with. I'm not stupid you know.

I walked up the steps to the Palace, As you can see from the pictures it is way up there. It was windy and cool and I kept thinking I bet it was awful in the winter. Now this Palace area had a lot of buildings involved. There were guards on both ends and that was the only way I could really tell where it started and ended. Huge buildings and cathedrals were in the area between both guard stations. Could have learned more if I had taken one of the 1000 tours that were walking around with a flag for people to follow, which always had a screaming child in the group, no thanks I'll read about it when I get home. Oh or one of the tram tours with everyone wearing earphones and riding around. They just didn't look like they were enjoying themselves like I was.

Going to load some pictures on here so you can see, sorry that I don't know everything about every building. If any history buffs want to add some info ,please do.

Love,
Beverly
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nclady
nclady on

What a beautiful place
Cousin Bev, I have to agree with you, the details on those buildings are gorgeous...and I love the marionette, it makes me want to play with dolls again! Can't wait to see your ventures for tomorrow...Deborah

babyscrubrn
babyscrubrn on

How exciting
Love to read about your travels. Maybe when my kids grow up steven and i can start traveling. I would never attempt to travel alone. What a great accomplishment. Happy traveling

Riki

calgarygal
calgarygal on

Yes, I agree
These pictures from Prague are by far the most beautiful you have taken so far. Amazing & beautiful buildings and carvings.
Keep safe..XoXo..Robin

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