Site Seeing and Cafe Mozart!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2013
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Trip End Jul 15, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, July 12, 2013

Starbuck's, here we come!  Another great start to another great day!

Today was site seeing on Petrin Hill.  What a gorgeous view of Prague!  We were able to tour the Strahov Monastery that features a philosophical library and a theological library.  These libraries are breathtaking, to say the least.  One can get a walking tour within the library proper, but these looked like pre-arranged groups that were going through. 

That didn't matter, though, because we were still able to get some awesome photographs.  And, yes, Ruth-Anne it did say no photography unless you had photo permission, which I did get! LOL...there was a guard looking out for this aspect of tourists, that is for sure. 

Petrin Hill is also the site of a funicular railway (cable railway where a cable is attached to a tram vehicle and moves the tram up and down the hill), that runs from the Ujezd tram stop up through greenery to the summit of Petrin Hill.  It is considered part of the public transit system, so one can use tram/bus tickets to travel up to the top of the Hill.  It certainly takes less human energy to do that than it does uses bipedal transportation!

This area is also surrounded by a Hunger Wall.  This wall was commissioned to provide work for the poor.  This is what http://www.1pragueguide.com/hunger-wall says about this wall:

"It dates back to 1360 when King Charles ordered it
to be built to strengthen the castle fortifications on the south and
west. It is 1,200 metres long, about 6 meters high and 1.8 meters wide
with an inner walkway. It is thought to have had eight bastions, one of
which has become the site for the Stefanik Observatory.
The Hungry Wall's name The name of the wall also has it´s story. It has also
been known as Zubata (toothed) and Chlebova (of bread), all names
relating to food. The reason for this is that the wall was built at a
time of great famine in the Czech lands. The construction of the wall
was a mode of employment for the city´s poor and
starving inhabitants. Working on the site they earned money, hence, they
were able to buy food for their families." 

Denise and I were able to get some great shots of Prague.  After climbing up, what felt like, so many steps to observatories and towers, I opted not to climb up the observation tower steps that has been given the name of Prague's Eiffel Tower.  For more information, you can read it here: http://www.pragueexperience.com/places.asp?PlaceID=604

We arrived back at the flat after trekkin'  up those 105 steps to get ready for our dinner and jazz night out at Cafe Mozart.

We arrived around 7:30, with the music starting at 8pm.  What another great meal.

Back to the flat after walking home, stopping to take some night shots and ended the day, as usual with climbing the last 105 steps to the flat.

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