Last November, I spent a few days in the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague was a colorful, sprawling city, and it was filled with tourists doing touristy things, not unlike myself.
I walked miles on the cobblestone streets. If I can give one tip to anyone visiting this city: wear comfortable shoes. The cobblestone seems so picturesque and even romantic at first, but your feet and lower back will disagree after a few hours.
Of course, I went to see the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. It was built in 1410, and is the oldest one of its kind that still works. It’s a pretty complex device. If my calculations are correct, at that time the sun was in Scorpio and the moon was in Taurus. You can learn on how to read the time using this handy guide.
Also in the old town square is the modern art gallery, where I got to see a extensive collections of work by Salvidor Dali and Andy Warhol.
I’m not sure why I look so sour in this picture, but I’m including it because it’s the only good picture I got of the fox fur hat I bought from a local seller. It’s the only real fur item I have ever owned, and it is unbelievably soft and warm.
Something to note, also, about buying things in the Czech Republic: the country is not on the euro yet. The koruna is their form of currency. Don’t despair! Sellers will give you totals in either euros or koruna, so you don’t have to go to a currency exchange shop. Make note of the exchange rate, though, and use a calculator to double check totals. Sometimes sellers rip off tourists this way.
The next morning, I went to the castle square. The central focus of the square is the St. Vitus Cathedral. Its construction began more than one thousand years ago. I can’t even wrap my mind around that. I tried my best to capture the sheer enormity of St. Vitus; it was overwhelming. The interior was just as elaborate as the exterior.
St. Vitus is a prime example of Gothic architecture, for all the art history enthusiasts out there. See how the side is covered with gold tiles? This gives the cathedral a glimmering, ethereal presence in the morning light.
There are many towers in Prague that you can climb for stunning sights of the city. In most instances, you have to pay to go to the top, otherwise an angry old woman will chase after you yelling in Czech with threats to call the police … oops. So, pay the fee for a fantastic vantage point.
This one was at the Charles Bridge, which crosses the Vltava river. Until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the only connection between the Prague Castle and the rest of the city. The bridge was completely packed with tourists crossing the bridge or stopping to rub the brass on one of the many statues for good luck.
I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed looking back on them. I wish I had more time to spend in Prague to really experience the culture. Three nights were great for a quick overview – but if you are planning a trip this city, I recommend spending at least a week!