Prague 2006

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What could be better than Prague in the spring?  Prague in the spring without so many tourists.  Also some warm weather.  The temperature was in the 40's and 50's throughout our visit.  After 50 years of domination by first the Nazi's and then the communists, the people of Prague are enjoying the freedom.  Fortunately, the occupiers left everything intact so all of Prague's beautiful old buildings and bridges are as they have been for hundreds of years.  Public transport is good but for the most part everything that needs to be seen is within walking distance of the Charles Bridge.

 

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The Charles Bridge is now used by pedestrians - mostly tourists.

Construction of the bridge began in the 14th century.  It is in need of a bath after 700 years in operation.

Someone decided to clean up this fellow and found that he was had a gold sword.

The Prague Castle can be seen in the background.

 

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The Prague Castle is considered to be the world's largest.

The changing of the guard is an hourly ritual.

St. Vitus cathedral is inside the palace walls.  Note the horde trying to get in.

The church rainspouts are all gargoyles.  They scared off the evil spirits.

The Dalibor tower is named after its first inmate.  He was held in this dungeon.

 

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The first time we walked down this street we didn't notice the pedestrian arrow and had to jump to avoid being squashed by a tram.

This non-descript building houses a great Czech restaurant.  It sits between the State Opera and the Palace Hotel.

Like Budapest, Prague has many beautiful well-maintained apartment buildings.  Note the figures holding up the balcony.

Here is another fine looking apartment block.

The state Opera is attractive and has excellent acoustics. We saw a Verdi opera sung in Italian with Czech surtitles.

 

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The astronomical clock is a top attraction.  It is one-of-a-kind.

On the hour, the twelve apostles make an appearance.

The clock is adorned with exquisite figurines.

The twin steeples of the Tyn Church is a landmark that guides people to the old town aquare.