The morning was spent on a tour of the amazing Prague Castle. This massive castle is the largest in the world and at one time housed the Holy Roman Emperor. It is now the seat of power for the Czech Republic. With its walls are four churches, four palaces, and all sorts of other buildings. Amadeus was filmed in these buildings as was The Illusionist. Even Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - in that movie, Prague became Moscow :). And even better, the castle was hosting a huge medieval festival on this day! So there were suits of armor around and people in medieval clothing. Just amazing.
This is the front of the main church, the St. Vitus Cathedral, which dates to 1344. Just stunning Gothic architecture. It is massive.
The castle complex is up on a hill - here's one of the views of the city of Prague. The city is just street after street of beautiful architecture. There are hundreds of smaller churches.
Then in the afternoon we went into the Old Town of Prague. The town square is beautiful. Really, the whole area is beautiful. And a wide variety of movies have been filmed in the streets like Oliver Twist.
The side of the Town Hall has an amazing astronomical clock there which was once the most well known in the world. It kept perfect time and showed the time of day, the number of hours until sunset, the astrological sign, and more. Plus every hour it has dancing figures.
The's a skeleton to remind you that life is fleeting. A Turkish warrior reminds us that there is always danger. A handsome man admiring himself in a mirror reminds us even the beautiful die. A wealthy man holding a bag of coins reminds us that even the rich must die.
We found a streetside cafe, sat, relaxed, and watched the clock figures dance!
A selfie with the Far From Eden shirt and the clock :).
I loved the clock so much that I bought two half-dollar-sized pendants made by a local clockmaker based on on that historic clock's design. And I pretty much never buy things when I travel.
In many medieval cities the Jewish quarter was destroyed when they drove out the Jews. Here it remains and is poignant to explore. There's a statue of Kafka, the famous writer, who lived here for most of his life.
I stopped into one of the many museums here - this one specialized in Dali, Mucha, and Warhol. I loved the Dali work. There were a variety of styles presented for him, including some in lush color. This is part of a stunning "Series Dalinean Horses" he created. The horse in this image is Bucephalus, the legendary steed of Alexander the Great. If you google that phrase you can see a number of them.
The buildings were simply stunning. One after another after another. This featured intricate decoration.
Beautiful windows, beautiful roofs, beautiful towers.
I walked over to see the Charles Bridge which featured in Van Helsing, Les Miserable, The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV version), and several other movies because of its beautiful Gothic architecture. It is a pedestrian-only bridge and has a variety of musicians, artists, and vendors along its length.
And as if this wasn't enough, for dinner we went to a traditional Czech meal complete with musicians and dancing. These two YouTube videos have a selection of them.
I took 649 photos and 19 videos. Prague is definitely somewhere we want to go back to to spend more time! There is just SO much to see. I even tried to see the main Prague library and hiked over there but even though their website claims they have tours every hour somehow they had canceled the tour time I arrived for. And I couldn't stay for the next one because of the dinner. So I want to go back to see that!
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