Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Four Days in Prague

What a wonderful place! if you have never been to Prague let me urge you to book a trip as soon as possible, you won't be disappointed :-) Here's a taster of what we saw starting with our hotel. We could not have chosen a better place, it was a great place and we were very well looked after. It was central to everything being just around the
corner from the Old Town Square.

This is the reception area, it's like a conservatory the lift is to left, you could only gain access to your room with a card which operated the lift and the door to the stairs so it was very secure.

The hotel has a great history and dates from the 13th century, the story of the building, which at one time used to be an ironmongers is told in the walk way from the entrance to the reception. The front is decorated by the 19th century artist Mikulas Ales and looks fantastic.

Our hotel room & the view from the window to the Square

As we rounded the corner from our hotel to Old Town Square on our first night this is what met us
The Church of Our Lady before Tyn What a sight all lit up at night, it look magical
One of the other great sights in the Old Town Square is the famous Astronomical Clock

Crowds gather to watch the clock strike on the hour. First the skeleton (figure of death) pulls on the rope he holds in his right hand and then raises and inverts the hourglass he holds in his left hand. Two windows at the top then open and the Apostles move slowly around, at the end of this display a cock crows and the clock strikes the hour. The other animated figures are Tuck who shakes his head from side to side, Vanity who looks at himself in a mirror and Greed adapted from a stereotypical Jewish moneylender.

The Astronomical Clock was not supposed to tell the exact time but to imitate the orbits of the Sun & Moon about the Earth. Legend has it that when a master clockmaker rebuilt the clock in 1490 the town did not want him to recreate another one anywhere else so they blinded him! poor man, what a thank you!

You can go to the top of the clock tower, the views are great, and i did brave it to get some photos, although i am not very good with heights, the last time i climbed a ladder OH had to come up and fetch me back down again

Wenceslas Square - New Town

Looking down Wenceslas Square, which as you can see is not a square! The monument is St Wenceslas and the large building is the National Gallery in which we spent a lovely couple of hours browsing around.
Charles Bridge

As bridges go this is one of the lovely ones :-) it is pedestrianised so is pleasant to walk across, although at the time of our visit there was a restoration programme going on and some of the one side is being worked on, still, it doesn't spoil this view which i took when we climbed to the top of the Observation Tower (another scary climb!). The Observation Tower is on Petrin Park which we reached via the Funicular Railway, which is well worth a visit even if it's just for the view at the top. For those of you still with me at this point, (thanks, you all deserve a medal, lol,) you will have got the general idea that i loved this City, it has such history and the most amazing buildings. We visited many more places, and i would be here forever showing you and i have the dinner to get ready!! so, i have many more photos in my webshots album to share if you want to take a look the link is in the sidebar. I will leave you with one more photo of a really funky building.
"Ginger & Fred" building, or "The Dancing Building" Whichever one you choose to call it it's a cool looking building! We didn't go in there but apparently there is a restaurant in there somewhere! Thanks for taking time out to visit me see you soon, Tara-a-bit x


doris said...

Fabulous pictures! Was four days enough?

Ginnie said...

Wow what fab pictures, this is somewhere I have always fancied visiting.... but I'm not much of a traveller!! One day maybe. I have just shown the dancing building to my dancer daughter... she now wants to go there too!!

Mylene said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. wish to visit the place someday!

Sherry said...

How neat! the clock and the dancing building are enough to make me want to go!

Brigitte said...

I loved looking at all the pictures and having a walk through this wonderful city. I was there when I was a student but I'm sure it wold be a completely new city to me if I went there again.

Susie Q said...

Wonderful pics....I can't wait to see the rest.

Now, what am I doing wrong? It is very hard to read the writing unless I highlight the whole thing....

Michelle Andaya said...

Next time, pack me in your bag when you go, would ya? *grin* I am so jealous!

Kim B said...

Wow! Your pictures are incredible!!

Cindy F. said...

Maggie, I thoroughly enjoyed this post and all your beautiful pics!
It looks like an amazing place and maybe one day a place dh and I can go to:)

Unknown said...

What lovely pictures and amazing architecture. How lucky you were to be able to have a brief holiday there.

Siobhán said...

Thanks so much for sharing those pictures! It looks like an incredible, amazing time.

Twana said...

Thanks for sharing your visit.

Tammy said...

Oh, I just saw a pic of the dancing building on CNN a few days ago! Your photos are great and that railway scares me a bit! Thx for following my blog and I'll be back to yours for sure!