Wednesday 26 October - Prague day
Sites from the train. A
Castle ... nice.... I am pretty sure this is
Karlstejn. It was on our wish list but it is
more than 30 kms out of Prague the wrong way so we
won't really get up close and personal with this
one. Its still lovely to look at from a
On zoom.... like I said.... fast
train...... had to be quick or it was gone.
It was easier for us to get off
one station earlier than to go direct into Prague
central. So here is the nice quiet suburban
station we got off.
Thank you to the lovely taxi
driver who gave me 10 kroner so I could enter the
ladies loo (David had not arranged for Czech money
yet). The lady who works in there was not a
happy person but she would make a great character in
the money thing in no time at the teller machine
at the station and we paid the taxi man
It was now necessary to take a tram - David wanted
to take a tram not a taxi. I wanted a taxi
but David won and a tram it was. It was the
fastest zoomingest tram we had ever
experienced. Hold on tight or go
flying. We went straight through the
main drag and had fabulous views of the city and
the river. Then tram actually stopped right
outside our Hotel. Nice choice!
so happy..... our hotel room.
David is in his element.
And these are the views of Prague
from our hotel window.
Below, Prague Castle and Vitus
Cathedral behind it.
Pictured below - Not terribly sure
what this building is but it makes a nice picture
and only a block up from our Hotel.
I'm a happy camper. It looks
just like the tv program I had been watching at home
called 'Classic Destinations'. Prague Castle
in the background and the Charles Bridge in the
A meander through the streets of
And to round the day off nicely an
after dinner stroll over the Charles Bridge and some
closer photos of Prague Castle and the Cathedral at
The Old Town Square. Our
hotel is only a block to the right of this picture.
What a day, what a day.
Tomorrow - a visit to Prague Castle.
Thursday 27 October - Prague day
2 - Prague Castle
Wow what a day what a day.
If you ever get to Prague and want to see Prague
Castle start getting fit now and start the day as
early as you can. This is not just a castle tour
this is a castle complex tour that includes 8 to 10
tour of buildings within the castle such as, The story
of Prague Castle Museum, The Basilique, Golden Lane,
St Vitus's Cathedral, Rosenberg Palace, Powder Tower
and more depending on whether or not the building is
open to the public on the day. Be prepared for
many many steps.
Not more steps!!!! We have
put in a huge effort this holiday as far as steps
are concerned and talking about 'steps' our step
calculator has shown that we have done a little over
Pictured above military confer but
only by mental telepathy it seems.
Pictured below the front of the
Castle and the very very long cue to get in.
Security slows everything down.
Finally we are in. This is
the first courtyard inside Prague Castle. Now
that we are in we need to purchase a ticket to gain
access into many of the buildings featured in this
Our first building - St Vitus
Cathedral. Huge...... modeled closely to the Cologne
Cathedral in Germany.
Pictured below one of the many
stained glass windows although this one in
particular is different because it has been
painted. Note the boy in the red coat in
the center of the window - That is Wenceslas -who
becomes King and his mother.
Below - a commanding view indeed!
The pipe organ.
And here he is all grown up - King
The photo below is the Kings
private entrance from the Palace to the Church.
13th Century glass mosaic.
Apparently an American company maintain this mosaic
Above and below - A view of St
Vitus Cathedral from outside.
Enough with the Cathedral ... we
then went to the Basilica of St George.
Very plane in comparison but less morbid and bright.
Next stop - Golden Lane. At
the top of Golden Lane was the armory.
Pictured below it looks like they are keeping it in
There were many different suits of
armour on display and accessories like the following
Pictured below are Viking swords dating back to the
Time to relax. Well
not quite.... this piece of furniture is part of the
torcher equipment on site!
Moving on to something more
pleasant we continue on the Golden Lane and explore
these cute little homes. Most have now become
specialty shops but some are set up as they would
have been when people used to live there many
Pictured below a view of current
day Prague growing out of the Old City. The
mist hasn't quite cleared yet.
Here is the old city sprawl (view
taken from Prague Castle)
Crown jewels housed in Prague Castle.
Very pretty. This was our favourite piece.
The next building was Rosenberg
Palace which had a lot of information and a few exhibits.
They also had some crown jewels on display that were
extremely similar to the crown pictured above.
Pictured below was our final stop
- the Powder Tower. Military focus from
throughout the ages.
Just outside the Powder Tower
there was something called an astronomical
clock. We are still trying to work out why it
appears to be on the wrong date and time and really
if it was in fact a functioning clock at some stage.
After a strong cup of coffee we
headed back down the stairs of the Prague Castle
grounds back to our hotel for a well deserved rest
before finding a nice restaurant for dinner.
What will tomorrow hold for us -
stick around and find out, its sure to be fun
:-) It is the Czech Independence Day
(equivalent). We have been warned to stay out
of the old city square because there will be hundreds
of thousands of people. So we will go in the