Trip Start Jul 14, 2013
4Trip End Jul 19, 2013
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Where the heck are all these people coming from? Since 01 January 1993 when the Czech Republic became it's own country free of the 40 years of communist rule there seems to be a bubbling of energy just under the surface.....we heard about it and now we can feel it.
On our outing today we noticed again the scale of buildings are seem smaller with lot's of spires and small domes and lot's of very narrow winding streets many crammed with tourists. This city apparently has become more popular more quickly than most European cities.
We again ventured across the Charles Bridge..a medieval structure who's construction began in 1357. We made our way towards the National Museum and Wenceslas Square.with map in hand and poked around a maze of underground spaces.
Many of these underground spaces were created when this city had a flood that destroyed many buildings with new buildings being built over top. This has created 3 story subterranean spaces that seems to house a lot of galleries, pubs and music clubs.
Did the hop on hop off tour again to orient ourselves with some of the major sights and learned about Czech Cubism at the School of Architecture. Eric wanted to go through the Jewish Cemetery but the entry fee was too high and the tour that included it was 3 hours.
Bohemia - What is it?
It Is located in the contemporary Czech Republic with its capital in Prague. In a broader meaning, Bohemia is a historic country of central Europe that was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire and subsequently a province in the Habsburgs' Austrian Empire. From 1918 to 1939 and from 1945 to 1992 it was part of Czechoslovakia, and since 1993 it has formed much of the Czech Republic. It is bordered by Germany to the west, Poland to the northeast, the historical region of Moravia to the east, and Austria to the southBohemian Forest, the Ore Mountains, and the Krkonoše (Giant Mountains), the highest within the Sudeten mountain range.