Thursday, February 07, 2008


All layouts done with Club Scrap kits. First one is Beautiful Botanicals, second one is Old South and third layout is done using the Travel kit.

On the bus ride from Cesky Krumlov to Prague we watched 'The Chronicles of Narnia' which was filmed in the Czech Republic. It was a long bus ride and my legs & back were sore. I do not why I could not sleep. I watched Mini take a nap and I was excessively jealous! :-)

Our hotel was near the heart of the city so we could walk to almost all the main attractions. We went to the main city square and took a 40 minute car ride to see all the main sights and get a feel of the place. The car was an old communist era car, a Skoda I believe, and it was fun. Dinner was at an authentic Tuscan restaurant that even had salt-less bread, something unique to Tuscany.

The next morning we drove up to Prague castle and started a 3 hour walk. We saw the St. Vitius's Cathedral, the main church in Prague, strolled down the Golden Lane and slowly made our way down to the city. We crossed the beautiful Charles Bridge (which was so crowded - I must return in winter when there are less tourists), rubbed the statue of St. John Nepomuk (to bring us back to Prague someday) and finished our walk in front of the amazing Town Hall Clock. This clock was built 500 years ago and is completely mechanical. The little figures come out every hour, on the hour, but everything is so quick, you miss it if you blink!

We went into the Jewish Quarter and had lunch in a really nice Jewish restaurant. Then we went to see the Pinkas Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery. I love visiting cemeteries, looking at all those old graves, wondering who these people were, searching for the graves of famous people I know are buried there. We then walked towards the Old-New Synagogue which is the oldest synagogue in Europe. It is extremely beautiful on the inside.

Finally we walked to Wenceslas Square - named after St. Wenceslas, a pious and good prince who was murdered by his brother in 935. St. Wenceslas is also the patron saint of Bohemia. The road leading up to Wenceslas Square is lined with beautiful buildings with Art Nouveau paintings. The Hotel Europa is a fine example of Art Nouveau architecture.

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