Stop 5: Prague, page dvě of travel notes and photos

Another terrific day.  Wednesday, September 26:  According to Henry’s new pedometer, we walked over 7 miles today.  Is anyone surprised that Henry love his new pedometer?

Walked to Prague Castle, up the hill and took a little break — see photo below.

The building and the entire complex is something to see.  It is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) and the ancient seat of Czech kings throughout the ages. It is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in the entire city.  The day we went was crowded but not too bad. I imagine during peak tourist times (Summer) the crowds would be huge!

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St. Vitus Cathedral

Kids in cathedral – Rose Window behind then.

We walked to the top of one of the towers in St. Vitus. The view was super!

Twin towers

We walked back and cooked dinner on the hot plate. Seriously, the gas stove is still not working in this apartment so I am  cooking on a hot plate – which I snagged from the kids’ apartment. I now know why so many fires are started using these things. They are no fun. Note to self, if I ever have to really use a hot plate as opposed to my gas stove at home, someone shoot me.

After dinner, we ushered the kids over to the Old Town Square and walked up the City Hall Clock Tower.  Every hour, the trumpeter plays the Czech National Anthem three times – from three sides of the tower.  Hundreds of people gather in the square below and watch the saints come out and around the clock.  The main part of the clock is called the Orloj.  It is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

Our Lady of Tyn Church across the square

Rooftops of Prague – looks like something out of a movie set.

The trumpeter — who is that other dude?

Thanks for reading.  Miss you all.

Thursday, September 27:  I think our plan for the day is to walk to the Mini Eiffel Tower (Petrin Tower).

Today, Henry’s pedometer registered 6 miles for today.

Took the subway (our first time here in Prague) to the Museum stop and found a super playground for the kids.  It had a zip line and some neat climbing things.  We sat for a while before we got on the cable car to the base of the hill that has the “mini eiffel,” aka, Petrin Tower.
It was a bit of a hike but well worth the view.

Prague’s version of the Eiffel Tower

Friday, September 28:  Today is our last full day here in Prague. We leave for Vienna tomorrow on the 10:45 am train.  We’ve had a great time. It’s such a beautiful city.

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