Asolutely stunning

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
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Trip End Nov 01, 2014


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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Prague is a gorgeous city, with narrow streets, uneven cobblestone, cafes bars and restaurants everywhere. Tall old apartment buildings line each side of the street. They are all different colours and designs. You can hear the sound of music in almost every part of the city, mostly buskers playing instruments of some kind. This city would be on our list of favorites so far, no doubt about it.

Our first night here, we met up with Lindsey and her friend Jill (who we planned to meet up with here) and we decided it would be a great idea to jump right into the heart of the city by doing a underground ghost tour. I never knew this before i got here, but Prague has an underground city! how cool is that.
So our tour started off as a walk around the old town square, where we were told typical Prague ghost stories at different parts. We then went into an old cathedral which lead us down into the underground, where people were held and tortured. It was said to be very high in paranormal activity. Our tour guide lead us around this place with only lanterns, and told us of experiences that had occurred. I can safely say i didn't see a ghost, but i can tell you now that that was a horrifying experience and i couldn't sleep, as every sound woke me up.
After doing this tour i found out that Prague is one of the most haunted city's in Europe...there has been various TV shows on the paranormal shot here. :S

We all got up early after having little sleep from our horror of an evening the night before (think I'm speaking for myself here actually) and joined the free walking tour of the city. This was really cool, as we got a really good historical overview of the main parts of the city and sights. Our tour guide was SUPER enthusiastic, and scared me a little at first, nevertheless, she was really good. We got to see the Jewish district (Josefov), which housed the old-new Synagogue (where Golum is sleeping and the legend remains) and the Jewish cemetery (grave sites that were stacked 11 people high due to lack of room), the Old town with the Astronomical clock and the New town (Nove Mesto).

Today was very exciting as we headed off on a day trip to Kutna Hora, which is an hour out of Prague, and is a little city where you can view the Sedlec Ossurary, a Roman catholic church that holds 40,000 to 70,000 skeletons. The bones have been used to decorated and furnish the church. This is nothing like we have ever seen before, and because the bones are so articulately arranged, you almost forget that you are looking at real skeletons from real people. Crazy huh!


Next sight to check out is the Prague Castle. Its a bit of a hike up a hill across the river, but well worth the trip. On the way we got to walk across the famous Charles Bridge, and rub the statue of St John for good luck.
The St Vitus cathedral was by far the most amazing church we have seen. Its gothic appearance along with the size of this building is enough to wow anyone i would think. The inside was fairly plain compared to the others we have seen, but it was a nice change from not knowing where to look next. Underground tombs of royal family lay beneath it and coffines, some dating back a thousand years lined the walls. The stained glass windows were really beautiful, along with the huge old organs. The tour guide that told us that you havent experienced Prague unless you see this, was absolutely right!
Golden lane was an awesome little street that was only about 100m long and headed from the castle towards the charles bridge. Petite houses, all different colours and sizes lined the left side. The small houses were originally constructed in the 16th century for the castle guards of King Rudolph II. At the time the street was known as archery lane. It was later renamed 'golden lane' for the goldsmiths who moved into the houses in the 17th century. It was the goldsmiths who gave the street its captivating name. Very funky little lane, we really enjoyed ourselves here. :)
We also took a quick look at the Bacilla of St George, which is another church within the castle.

On our last night, we decided to climb the tower of the Astronomical clock, so that we could get one last view of Prague. It had a great panoramic view of the old town square from up here, it was stunning! Check out the photos and see for yourself :)



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