Today, we woke up and headed to an English mass on the opposite side of town. We found the church on our walk yesterday and it turned out to be a beautiful church that housed the original statue of the infant Jesus of Prague (he is holding up two fingers and wearing a red cloak in the statue). This was a beautiful Church and was undergoing construction to repair the alter. It was a rather short mass and we were able to stop at a local shop for a quick bite to eat before heading to the cathedral and the castle. Both of these are on top of one of the biggest hills in Prague and offer a beautiful view of the city. The church was very old and the architecture was beautiful. We did not pay for the tour which would have granted us full access to the church, but we were allowed to go into the church and take a look around. It had beautiful detailed stained glass windows and was very large
. The steeples were very high and everything inside was restored and seemed to be in good shape. After spending a little time in prayer in thanksgiving for our dad on father's day, we headed out to explore the castle area and take in some of the beautiful views of Prague. It was great to see the whole city from another angle and on our walk back to the main part of town we so many people playing music in the streets. One was even playing the clarinet! Many others had accordions, violins, bagpipes, and one was even playing on crystal glasses. We made our way to the Jewish cemetery. The Jews had been quarinenteened after the pope declared that they should not live with Catholics and this led the people to wall off a section of town and force the Jews to live there. They only had one spot to bury people, and over a period of time, they placed about 6000 headstones in the cemetery and buried over 100000 people there. This was also a very heart wrenching museum with the names of every Jew from Prague killed in the Holocaust. It was a large building and it was astounding to see all of the names. Apparently, at one point, Hitler decided that the Jewish quarter of Prague would be his museum of the race that he erased from the earth so it was left untouched along with the rest of Prague during the war. This allowed for some of the oldest buildings to be saved in Prague and is why there are not many buildings over 4 stories high. Most of the buildings have been resurfaced, but a few still show their age. We had dinner at a small restaurant and we ordered dumpling mash and more meat stuffed dumplings
. Once again the food was great and relatively cheap (550ck~17ck to $1) WE headed to the mall to buy Adam a sim card for his phone. We stopped at o2 and the man was very rude, so we decided to check out vodaphone where it turned out that the service was much better. For 200kc, Adam had himself a sim card to place in what Sprint calls an unlocked phone, but is actually still locked and we were unable to get the card to work. Looks like we will be out of the modern connected world for a few more days after all. This really is not a bad thing, but it makes life so much easier when staying at s may random places. Next we headed over to Smetana Hall for our orchestral concert. I was a bit disappointed by the size of the orchestra as it was only about 15 people, but all in all it was a good experience though which Adam and I took a couple of quick naps. At the end I was wide awake though as the music playing was great. It was either Mozart, Handel, or Vivaldi, but I had never heard it before so I will have to do some online listening to find what it was. We decided to check out some Czech Crystal and decided that yes it was cheap and beautiful, but transportation of it for the next three weeks would be way too hard to make it worth the price. We then found a late night dinner at a place called lavicka, meaning bench and bought what appeared to be laundry detergent from a small shop before turning in for the night.