Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sidewalks




The sidewalks in Prague are black and white mosaic stone. They were the most beautiful sidewalks I have ever seen!

Wenceslas Square



This large rectangular square has been the traditional setting for demonstrations and public gatherings in Prague.

Coat of Arms


The Prague coat of arms can be found on manhole covers, lamp posts and buildings throughout the city.

Vltava River

Prague, Czech Republic is on the Vltava River.

Old Town Square





Prague's Old Town Square is filled with tourists, shops, eateries, the famous Astronomical Clock and beautiful architecture. It is also a prime location for seeing an evening classical musical concert.

Music

Classical music shows are available every night of the week in Prague. Tickets are very affordable (children are often free) and can be easily purchased at the last minute.

David Cerny Sculptures

Several bizzare sculptures by David Cerny are located in Prague.

Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall was a source of inspiration to Czechs in Prague, during the 1980's, forced to live in the communist regime.

Josefov - Jewish Quarter

The Old Jewish Cemetery was used between the 15th and 19th centuries in Prague. It contains several layers of burrials.

Jewish people in Prague suffered terribly during World War II. Just outside this cemetary in the Pinkas Synagogue is a memorial to Jewish Holocaust victims. Names cover several large rooms.
The Maisel Synagogue was originally built in the 16th century.
Spanish Synagogue - Inside this synagogue the walls are painted with beautiful geometric designs. Sadly it was used to store items stollen from Jewish people during the war. Now it is a museum.

Marionettes

Many of the stores in the tourist district in Prague sell similar items; marionettes, nested dolls, painted glass candle holders and ornaments and crystal. Most things are very brightly colored.

Czech Money


The Czech Republic has their own money known as Czech Crowns. $1 = about 17 CZK and 1 euro = 24 CZK. In other words the bills shown above are worth about $6, $12 and $30.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Czech Food

Some traditional Czech food.
 Goulash
Dumplings, duck and sweet cabbage

Czech Bakeries

Bakeries in Prague are not as common as in Germany. They sell sweet treats, sandwiches and snacks. The snack on the top right is filled with sweet cabbage and ham. The others are all sweet pastries.

Trdlo


Trdlo is a traditional Slovak sweet treat made from rolled dough.

Czech Beer

People from the Czech Republic drink more beer per person than any other country. It is home to Pilz beer and the original Budweiser.

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic spans the Vltava River. When it was built during the 14th and 15th centuries it was the only route across the river.
Today it is filled with tourists traveling from the Old Town to the castle, musicians and artists selling their wares.


St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral is part of the Hradcany castle in Prague, Czech Republic.

 Inside are six large stained glass windows.
 Construction began during the 11th century and finished during the 20th.

 Gargoyles are built into the church to guide rainwater away from the building and scare away evil spirits.

Hradcany



Hradcany in Prague, Czech Republic is the largest castle complex in the world. It towers above the city in the bottom picture.

Prague Architecture



Prague is a city that has been not been destroyed during war. The endless number of beautiful buildings makes walking down the street in Prague feel like being in an art museum.  From rounded windows, to carved and painted facades, each building has its own character. It is a pleasure to just be in the city.
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