A Journal, with Pictures

Prague, Czech Republic

by on Sep.19, 2015, under Happenings

On Saturday August 22, 2015 we depart Cincinnati for Paris and then on to Prague. We check into our hotel, The Four Seasons overlooking the Danube. We are going to stay in Prague until Wednesday when we will travel to our cruise ship on the Danube which leaves from Germany. We have arranged for a guide and driver to see the city and surrounding area, but first on arrival day we explore on foot after our check in and are immediatly blown away by the beauty of the city. The Prague Castle is across the Danube and looking out our hotel window it looks like a post card and we can see the Charles bridge which is a bee hive of activity on this Sunday. It turns out that our guide Martin is a retired reaserch chemistry professor, very knowledgable and a delightful person. He does a great job telling us about the cities history including the communist era. We do two half day driving/walking tours and a walking tour of both the downtown and the Jewish district. Prague is an incredibly interesting and beautiful city dating back to 880. We visit the Castle complex, St. Vitus Cathedral, we visit the Old Town Square famous for its Astronomical Clock and the Kinski Palace. We vist the Strahov Monastery, and get a private tour of its library of 15,000 hand written manuscripts. We also visit the Jewish cemetary with 12,000 jumbled tombstones and Synagogue that has the 80,000 victims of the Holocaust from Prague inscribed on the walls. We also see Lesser Town that occupies the slopes below the castle. This historic area includes interesting squares, and building including St. Nicholas Church. We visit Petrin Hill that offer a magnificent panarama of Prague. We see Vyschfrad Fort and the oldest church in Prague still being used as well as Troja Castle. There are so many things to see and soak in and we dine at two memorable outstanding restaruants. In all Prague proves to be one of the most interesting and beauful cities we have visited in Europe.

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