"Blue Blood"

Trip Start May 25, 2013
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Trip End Jun 23, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, June 15, 2013

We wake late to a sunny morning with the spires of the Tyn church visible - but no food. Walter and Gayle source bread from a local bakery while the rest of us sleep. We have our priorities sorted! Number two priority is to make contact with the outside world now that we have internet again, and it is suddenly well after midday before we hit the streets.

Oooops!

Not surprisingly, by the time we meander through the crowded streets, over the Charles Bridge, eat lunch and catch a #22 tram up to Prague Castle, the St. Vitus Cathedral has closed for the day! Although l have seen it before, l was hoping to visit it's stunning stained glass windows again. However, l see parts of the castle that l missed last time and enjoy the surroundings. A number of bridal parties are using the cathedral for photos and it makes a stunning backdrop.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century.

On the walk back down Nerodova Street, l find the marionette shop that fascinated me last time - with the same puppets still in the window display! A reasonable sized one would cost around $100 and l agonise over where l could display it at home.

Once again, l resist making a purchase...

It's a gentle amble back home, dodging the rather well-dressed young, male beggars who all prostrate themselves on all fours. Are they all back-packers who have overspent on the pub crawls? There is a much stronger security presence this year and I'm not feeling quite as daunted.

It's been plenty of walking and climbing. The pack drag themselves back up to our apartment with our assorted knee, back and blister afflictions. Lucky we don't have to go to work tomorrow!
Dinner is at the cafe downstairs from our apartment - a pizza cafe also promising live jazz. There is no music tonight, but some of us try the local specialty... Slow roasted pork knuckle.

Not surprisingly, we drag ourselves up the stairs and sleep soundly.

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