Czeckin' it Out

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cathedrals and bridges and statues, oh my!

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, September 28, 2012

We arrived here in Prague last night and just went walking.  What a sight we are seeing...its a beautiful city with more eye candy than you can imagine, especially if you're a fan of the ancient, the restored and some history.  If anybody were to ask me what I liked most in Europe, at this point I would have to say the COLOUR.  The use of it on buildings, its not like its painted on it, its like its PART of the place.    Colour defines Europe  for me.  The massive buildings, many of which are cathedrals draw your eye from one to the next, back to that one, look up, look down ghe street, look across the street, there is nowhere you can look without seeing something amazing.  It looks like Vegas, only its real..these are not false fronts, these are built from the ground up, they are hundreds of years old and they hold a lot of stories.  I would love to learn all the stories...even for ONE building, it would keep me here for years. Last night by about 10:30, the streets were absolutely alive with people...snapping pictures, sharing a romantic kiss on Charles bridge and gawking at everything....many different languages being spoken, but the universal one is so understandable.  Its our common awe at what we are seeing.
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.
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What a beautiful place, I like you love old buildings and the churches are fantastic along with the castles. I envy that the most of your trip. Keep up the good work, love checking this every day.

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