We arrived in Prague about 4 pm the day before after a long trip of over 500km. On the way we hd a few games of euchre with Tony and Jenny to pass the time,with a bag blanced on our knees for a table.
|Playing Euchre to pass the time|
In another cafe early this morning there were 2 girls, looked about 12 years old, sitting at a footpath cafe at about 10am, so obviously the pattern begins early.
One of the highlights in the main square is the Astronomical clock, built in the 1300s. As well as the time it shows the phases of the moon and the tides. It also shows the signs of the zodiac. The clock shows a parade of saints on the hour, a skeleton rings a bell, a rooster flaps its feathers, and a trumpeter plays. Hundreds of people jostle for the best position to capture it all. It's a favourite spot for pick-pockets I'm told.
|The Astronomical Clock|
This morning we met our local guide, Lucy, who gave us commentary from the bus, followed by a walking tour of various locations which included Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Castle District, the Lower town, Charles Bridge with its colection of saints.
|Changing the Guard at Prague Castle|
|Ornate front facade of St Vitus Cathedral|
|Prague Castle gates|
|One of several modern stained glass windows in St Vitus|
|The Powder Gate in the old town, near our hotel|
|Ornate carving and decoration on a house in the Castle Area|
|Before street numbers houses had carved emblems to show who lived there, This one housed a violin maker. Violins are between the 2 lamps.|
|Saints statue on Charles Bridge|
|The city end of Charles Bridge|
|The narrowest hotel in Prague|
After the tour we had a nice lunch in a cafe - Messo Cafe - where David was served the biggest Greek salad - he couldn't eat it all, then back to the hotel for a short break. Later we went back to an Art Gallery where we found a picture to purchase, and negotiated a better price. Unfortunately it is just a bit too big to fit into a suitcase, so a bit of juggling will have to occur.
Tonight we had our farewell dinner at a local restaurant, just across from the hotel. After a bit of a wander around the town we found a spot for a group photo, and found a group of young Aussie girls to take the photo as well.
|The tour group in Republic Square after dinner, sporting our Bunniks luggae straps|
As the tour ends it's always a bit sad, with everyone going their own way. It's been a good group with everyone getting on pretty well.
One of the strangest things to go home to will be the fact that there aren't 2 or 3 bottle shops in each block, and a complete range of alcohol in each supermarket. I thought Aussies were good drinkers, but they lag a long way behind the Europeans.