Jewish Prague

Trip Start Mar 06, 2013
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Trip End Mar 16, 2013


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What I did
Jewish Museum (Zidovske muzeum) Prague
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, March 8, 2013

Since we were rather sluggish in the morning (breakfast at 7:30 a.m. is like eating at 1:30 in the morning), we decided that a trip to the Jewish part of the city would be manageable. It was close by and fairly compact.

A set of 6 sites altogether make up the Prague Jewish Museum. For the most part, we couldn't take photos inside any of the buildings. Our first stop was at the Maisel Synagogue, where we bought tickets.

Next stop was the Old-New Synagogue. It is simple but elegant and beautiful. You can feel the passage of time. Also beautiful and elegant is the Spanish Synagogue, though hardly simple with it's Moorish elements and a couple hundred years younger.

Our last two stops in Jewish Prague were at the Klausen Synagogue and Ceremonial Hall. The hall was filled with paintings of death ritual in medieval times. Very cool. We had a peak at the neighbouring cemetery but it was about to close and didn't have time to go in.

We returned to the Old Town Square to refresh, testing out some local delicacies: svářak and trdelník, often sold and eaten together. T. had to settle for hot chocolate, since we weren't about to let her have "hot wine." We're going out on a limb here (not!) but Ivan and I suspect the hot (mulled) wine is replaced by beer in the summer. ;)

After warming up, we decided to check out the square itself. Despite being early March, there were a significant number of people there including lots of school groups from other parts of Europe. I can't say I was impressed by the obnoxious young Italian men shouting loudly as they waited for the astrological clock to ring.

After a short visit to our apartment to really warm up and rest our feet (cobblestones are tough on them), we decided to try a restaurant recommended for its goulash served in a bread bowl. While Ivan loved the bread, there just wasn't enough soup. It was pretty tasty though.

Our next stop was Wenceslas Square in the New Town (only 800 years old, rather than 1000+, like the Old Town). There weren't as many people on the square as I expected. Maybe it was past the bedtime of some of those school kids. Or maybe their teachers and chaperones just didn't want to put up with any more for the day.

When we finally got back home for the last time, we thought it would be a good to take some melatonin. None of us felt like sleeping. But T. has the Melatonin blues and isn't fond of the strips. I bought some sublingual tablets to try instead. T. asked me what the difference between sublingual and bilingual is? She soon found out, and decided she likes them even less than the strips.

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