Czeckin' it Out
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cathedrals and bridges and statues, oh my!
Maybe some of you are tired of looking at pictures of Cathedrals but I can't seem to stop taking them. Each church is similar in some ways and yet different...the common theme is the use of gold leaf and gold paint. I guess I'm astounded at how much money was buried into glamour...again, like Vegas, only real. How many people were hungry, homeless, desperate for some comfort and yet so much was spent on looks, on rituals. People do receive comfort from their church or surely they would have rebelled.
The Charles Bridge is an amazing structure, lines with elaborate statues, each signifying something. The bridge is also full of stories that I would love to learn. The Tyne Cathedral was beautiful, but there was no photography allowed inside at all, even with no flash. Unfortunately, the "guard" took his offious position very seriously and I witnessed him being very rude and actually grabbing a woman by the arm to keep her out with her camera. We felt completely unwelcome in the sanctuary and quickly left. Fortunately at St. Nicholas church, photography was welcomed, people were invited in to look around, to sit and meditate or pray and the church had such a warm atmospher that we stayed there quite a while.
We were able to wander into many buildings and of course strolled for many hours today...5 hours of walking, a short rest and another couple and back to our absolutely charming hotel. It is a 14th century building that has been tastefully renovated while keeping the old gorgeous woodwork, furniture,and floors but giving the modern touch with a lovely updated bathroom with an enormous shower and all the conveniences we have come to expect! It is called The Waldstein and we would recommend it, particularly for the marvelous location so near Wenceslas Square, Charfles Bridge and Old Town.