Prague

Trip Start Jan 05, 2008
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Trip End Jun 20, 2008


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Friday, April 18, 2008

Day 1

      After a 4 hour bus ride from Vienna to Prague,  which reminded us of traveling through western PA, go figure,  rolling hills and farm lands, we arrived at the local bus station. From there we had to find our way to the hostel by metro.The directions were to take a certain line then get off at the last stop and go straight. Well there were about five exits out of the metro stop and when we asked directions we got answers in hand signals, since not to many people speak English in the Czech Republic, and made it to the hostel after a few more turns.  Straight, don't think so.  

        We had plenty of time in the day so we headed back to city, an area called Old Town.  Again many cathedrals, beautiful buildings, statues,and fountains. One of the cathedrals has an astronomical clock on it and when it strikes the hour a skeleton rings the bell and the twelve apostles circle the top of the cathedral.  From the main square we made our way over to the river for a beautiful view of the Prague Castle.  Magnificent view, with the river below and many old buildings on the hillside.  The famous Charles bridge also sits below the Castle. We stayed around until dark so we could see the bridge and the castle lit up.  It was worth the wait.  It had been a long day so we made it back to the hostel only to not get a good night of sleep because of some drunken hostel mates sleeping in the next room. Walls were very thin at this hostel, plus we were in the room right near the reception desk so we could hear anyone getting in and out plus the buzzer sounds everytime someone wanted to get in.

Day 2

       Our day started early with a train ride to a small town nearby called Kutna Hora.  This town is visited by many tourists for one reason: The Ossuary, which in our terms is a cemetery/cathedral.  When the plague occurred many people were buried in this cathedral cemetery.  Well, sort of. Once they ran out of space to bury morebodies, the extra bodies were housed inside the cathedral until one monk decided to make use of all the skeletons and turn them into artwork like flowers made of pelvis and cranias. He never finished the job of decorating the cathedral with the bones, so in 1800s an artist finished the job by creating of all things a
chandelier made of all the bones in the human body, along with some other designs. The cathedral is not big, but most of it is decorated with bones of about 40.000 people.  You can check out the pics or make your way to the Czech Republic sometime to have a good idea  of what it is.

        On our way back from the Bone Church it had started to rain AGAIN. But we kept going visiting a few other spots in Prague Old Town. One being the Sex Machines Museum.  Out of curiosity of course.   It supposedly housed many sex instruments from medieval times but it was very disappointing.   Definitely would
not recommend for anyone to fly to Prague to check this out.  

       Drunken neighbors were not that bad tonight.

Day 3
     
       We started a bit later today making our way to the top of the hill to visit the Prague Castle.  It is definitely more appealing from the bottom of the hill looking up.  It seemed the castle was more or less an old cathedral in the middle of a bunch of modern building used as museums and offices.  The hike up did give us another impressive view.  This time of the city of Prague.  Not as nice as the view of Florence but still very nice.  On our way down we noticed a very interesting wall in the distance.  From where we were it seemed like more skeletons, but on our arrival in the Czech Senate complex the wall turned out to be a piece of art.  It was called the Grotto or drip wall because the material used was dripped on top of layers.  Like building a sandcastle from dropping wet sand into a pile.  The wall was supposed to have a mystery to it by having face like features, holes that lead to nowhere and it housed animals in all the nooks and cranny's. So people were always afraid to look into it. 
    
         The last spot was the Josefov, the Jewish neighborhood of Prague. Unfortunately today was a Jewish holiday so the  main attractions  were closed, but we will  try  them tomorrow again.

Day 4

     Killing time.  We spent our day wandering around town seeing if there were any other sites to visit, but mainly just strolling around until our 14 hours bus ride from Prague to Amsterdam.  Fun, Fun.
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