I managed to leave enough of my heart in Prague which would necessitate my going back someday to reclaim it. It was only my third time in Europe, so I had already been tempted and seduced by the wily and comely offerings of Paris and Rome. Prague promised not only to court my senses to sublime ecstasy, but to ensure that I would fall hopelessly in love with it. So who was I to refuse?
Prague proved to be an enchanting city that takes pride in restoring and maintaining its historical churches, synagogues, castles, chateaus and landmarks. I’ve often thought that the ‘new world’ could take a page or two from our older brethren when it came to honoring and revering history. At the same time, Prague welcomes the changing faces of the ages. Somehow, modernity could never eclipse the old world architecture that makes the city one of the rarest jewels in the European Union.
Like most cosmopolitan cities, Prague is comprised of several neighborhoods. Each one has its own delectable flavor that offers the visitor its unique perspective of the city. One of the surprising things about Prague is that it is very pedestrian friendly, we thought that we would spend a lot of time either on the subway or in a taxi, but you can easily get around the city center by foot. The more commercial areas, that is, the ones most frequented by tourists are:
The Jewish Quarter – Josefov
Taking a leisurely walk across the street from The Pinkas Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter
Built in the late 19th century, The Rudolfinum served as the seat of Czechoslovakian parliament between WWI & II and is now home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Old Town – Stare Mesto
The magnificently gothic Powder Tower was once the gate to Old Prague
A Couple sitting in front of the statue of the Czech reformer, Jan Hus in Old Town, trying to decide what to see next
The House of the Black Madonna (see her shrine encased on the corner of the 2nd floor) houses the Czech Cubist Museum
Cari standing in front of the medieval, 15th century Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square
New Town – Nove Mesto
Located adjacent to Wencelas Square in New Town, The Municipal House is an Art Noveau treasure where Czechs officially proclaimed their independence.
A bird’s eye view of the famed St. Wencelas Square, the “Rodeo Drive” of Prague. The Mucha Museum honoring Alfons Mucha is located just down the street to the right.
The Lesser Quarter – Mala Strana
I got chills as I began my ascent upon the legendary Charles Bridge. It was exciting to trace the footsteps of so many from times past
Waiting for the # 22 tram to come around the bend on Little Quarter Square in Mala Strana to take us to the Prague Castle.
A spectacular view from the Charles Bridge looking out on the Vltava River
Entryway to the Malostranska subway station; located right down the street from our Hotel, The Waldstein
Stopping to listen to a trio of musicians stationed along the Charles Bridge (aka Karlovy Most). You will find various artisans dotted along the length of the Bridge on any given day to entertain and sell their wares
Madonna and St. Bernard, one of 30 statues lining the Charles Bridge which connects Mala Strana to Old Town making Prague, a very pedestrian friendly city.
The Castle District – Hradcany
Standing in front of a sublimely baroque gate inside Prague Castle
Viewing the altar of St. Vitus’ Cathedral in Hradcany
20th century Art Deco artist, Alfons Mucha, designed several panels of stained glass in St. Vitus Cathedral
Cari braving the chill while standing in front of statue of the mythical Princess Libuse on the grounds of the Church of Saint Peter and Paul in Vysherad
I’m standing in front of St. Martin’s Rotunda which only recently has been discovered to have an underground floor that’s been hidden for centuries
Walking through Vysherad Cemetery, where most honored Czech composers, artists, writers, scientists and politicians are laid to rest
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