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Walking Tour of Prague

Now that we’ve been home from vacation for several MONTHS, I figured it was about time I get some more pics posted.

I took a LOT of pics. But there was so much to see! Prague really is a colorful city, full of old, new, and just-plain-interesting architecture, art works of all shapes and sizes, people, fabulous views, cheap beer, yummy food, etc. Some of the architecture is famous, some not so much.

I could go on and on. Instead, I’ll sum it up briefly by saying…I loved Prague. The pretty weather helped, though it could have been a tad cooler. The fact that the beer is basically cheaper than water in all of the restaurants didn’t hurt either.

Random Art

Random Art

I really did take lots of pics. I shared about 50 of my favorites here.

Rather than include a bunch of explanatory text, I’ll just say that we basically roamed the city on foot for about two and a half days. It was exhausting, but so worth it. I’m already ready to return to the Czech Republic.

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Pink Bear in front of the Dancing House

HELP… this is my first post using a Mac. If the following image or any other image in this post appears sideways to you, please let me know. It appears correctly on the Mac and on the Windows PC, but not on my iPhone. Let me know what device you are using, too. Thanks!

The Dancing House

 

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Riverfront View

 

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Random Interestingness

 

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Prague Castle

 

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Pretty View

 

Random Interestingness

 

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Painted Facade (those are not blocks)

 

I love European signage.

 

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View from my seat at lunch.

Not a bad spot for a lunch break, eh? Yes, we lingered.

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View in the other direction.

I forgot to mention that lunch was within the walls of the Prague Castle.

Prague Castle Guard

 

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Another view from the hilltop.

Also inside of the castle is The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert, a Roman Catholic cathedral, which is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. It’s huge. I never did get a good shot of the whole thing because it’s just so darn big. I did capture lots of shots of its stunning architectural elements.

Stained Glass Close-up

The sun was streaming in through the windows, resulting in some pretty amazing light inside the building.

Unusual Light

 

One “small” piece of the building.

 

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Tile Roof

 

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The place is stunning, inside and out.

 

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Exterior of the building.

 

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A few of the cathedral’s MANY spires.

 

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Silly Hubby

 

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Random Visual Interestingness

I guess the city could be drab-looking on cloudy days, and I’m sure the hills and cobblestones are a bitch in the winter, but Prague was shining in all of its colorful glory while we were there.

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Red Roofs

 

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Our Favorite Czech beer.

I did say Prague was artsy, right? These are some of David Cerny’s famous crawling baby statues.

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Annelies’ “WTF” look.

I’d only told Annelies we were looking for some of Cerny’s baby statues. I didn’t warn her that Cerny’s art is a bit unique. (He is most famous for these giant space-age babies that crawl up the Zizkov TV tower a hundred meters or so above Prague, which we didn’t visit.)

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I couldn’t resist capturing this shot!

 

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Oh, baby!

I’m glad were we able to find the babies on our way back from the castle. I would have been so disappointed if I hadn’t gotten to see them in person.

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Yet another pretty streetscape.

 

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Great mural!

 

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Pretty Building

 

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Interesting architectural detail.

 

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Chandelier inside of a church.

 

Pretty Stained Glass

 

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Square in Old Town

 

Astronomical Clock

One of the highlights of Day Two in Prague was seeing the astronomical clock. It’s the third-oldest in the world — first installed in 1410 — and the oldest one that is still operating. I even captured a video, which you should be able to watch by clicking here (make sure your speakers are on, but set at low volume).

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Not bad for a 600+ year old clock!

 

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Random herd of school children, all clad in high-vis vests.

 

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Beautiful building.

 

Random Interestingness

The highlight of our third and final day in Prague was visiting the remains of the Jewish ghetto.

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Jewish Cemetery (dates back to the 15th century!)

According to one Czech tourism website…

Even the mere fraction remaining of the Prague ghetto is amongst the most valuable Jewish monument in Europe. One of the most admired places, apart from the Old Jewish Cemetery from the beginning of the 15th century, the Jewish Museum and several synagogues is the Old-New Synagogue…

I don’t think any of us knew what to expect of the synagogues. We only went into one, the Spanish synagogue, which looks rather plain on the outside. The newest of the six historic Prague synagogues, it was built in the Spanish Moorish style in the second half of the 19th century. The inside was anything BUT plain.

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Inside the Spanish Synagogue

 

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Ceiling of the Spanish Synagogue

 

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Inside the Spanish Synagogue

 

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Inside the Spanish Synagogue

 

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Inside the Spanish Synagogue

After that, we meandered through Old Town, making our way back to the hotel.

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Random Interestingness

 

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Random Interestingness

 

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Random Interestingness

 

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Random Interestingness

Prague really is a great city to visit. As are other parts of the CR, which you’ll see in my next post.

If you’d like to see all of the pics from Prague, you’ll either have to visit my photo sharing site or look at smaller versions of the images embedded in the slideshow below.

Prague CR 2016

8 Comments

  1. January 2, 2017    

    Looks like a trip to Prague is in order for us!

    Thanks for going back….

    • January 2, 2017    

      It really was a fun city. And relatively cheap compared to other countries in Europe.

  2. January 3, 2017    

    Prag is indeed an architectural and cultural gem. And you are a very keen observer. I most appreciated the pics of random interestingness. Happy New Year, Kathy.

    • January 3, 2017    

      Thanks, Sonja. There are lots more of that sort of stuff in the Flickr grouping. 🙂

  3. January 3, 2017    

    Those cool cats are pretty cool. Great group of photos you picked to share.

    All of them are right side up on my Mini Mac/giant monitor I’m viewing them on at work

    • January 3, 2017    

      Thanks, B! It was hard choosing. I corrected that typo for you. I hate when that happens to me, and it happens often, sadly.

  4. January 4, 2017    

    Wow, those are great photos. And all of them upright as far as my Mac and Safari but some of them are sideways on mobile Safari and Chrome on the iPhone…

  5. January 8, 2017    

    Wow, fabulous photos of a must-see city! We’ll have to put it on our bucket list.

    And all the photos were right side up while reading on my phone in Chrome. 🙂

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