Prague - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The essence of history mixed with the modern age are wonderful to experience.
We arrived in Prague the week after Easter. There were reminders of the celebration in the Old Town Plaza - including this picture through the Easter Egg tree that was brought in for the festivities. Since we were at the end - it was clean up time and as they say - here today and by tomorrow it was gone.
The hotel we booked was Pod Vezi based on a number of recommendations that we found on TripAdvisor. I take everything on TA with a grain of salt. I have traveled extensively and what one person says is amazing I have often found to be average. Perspective has limitations. But what we found was a wonderful boutique hotel in a perfect location with an amazing staff at a great rate and breakfast included - which was incredible.
The hotel sits at the base of the Charles Bridge on the opposite side of the Old Town. It is away from the maddening crowds but close enough to walk to any time you want. Around the hotel are mini markets, shops, restaurants, money exchange places, transportation including Metro - Tram - or River Cruises. Up the hill lies the castle and the cathedral - across the bridge lies Old Town Prague with all it offers.
The first night we were there we serendipitously found the "Lennon Wall". It is a wall of peace across from the Lennon Pub. There were a number of people who were adding to the wall - their own messages in their personal travels. We also came across one of the many bridges in Europe where lovers signify their devotion by adding a lock to the railings....so many in Paris that they had to stop the practice for fear of collapsing the bridge. Love conquers !!
Walking across the Charles Bridge is a wonderful experience in itself. The majesty of the sculptures outlining the edges of the bridge take you back in time to a very reverential period of Christianity. The city itself harbors massive cathedrals dedicated to the spiritual nature of Christ. St. Vitus - St Nicholas - St Francisco de Assis.....each beautiful each dedicated in their own way.
The Old Town - Plaza in Prague is the center square where the crowds meet. There are numerous restaurants, hotels, shops and bars that line the perimeter. One of the center pieces to the square is the Astronomical Clock - which be forewarned - is under going renovation. It is covered in a shroud that uses a back projection system to mimic the actions of the clock when it strikes on the hour.
During the daylight you can't see much....expect that the renovation is also being sponsored by MasterCard....tacky.....but in the evening as the sun sets it becomes more beautiful. I have added a picture - which when you look at it - it seems normal...like you were witnessing the actual clock - but you aren't ....it is a covering.
There is so much to see and do in Prague...the Jewish Quarter, The Kafka Museum, the Old Castle the Cathedral at the Castle........so much.....but the lasting impression I have of Prague is the city in the evening - at dusk and at night. I will leave you with these images: Enjoy
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