Welcome to Prague!

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My family graciously did not visit any of the main sites of Prague without me, although they had arrived a full day earlier. Instead, this “extra” time gave them the opportunity to get their bearings of the city and lead me on a comprehensive tour when I arrived Sunday afternoon.

In many ways we didn’t know the history or importance of many of the beautiful buildings that we were seeing. Those gaps in our knowledge would be more than filled in by Alexandra our tour guide the following day.  Instead, we relished in walking around the city in each other’s company. Below are the buildings that first caught my eye as we neared the center of town, St. Wenceslaus Square. I think it is fitting to enjoy each for their unique beauty and later I will explain their importance, that way you truly follow our exploration of Prague.

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Not surprising, Andrew was the master tour guide.  He understood the way the different streets came together and which metros/buses took us to which places.   That means we soon were in St. Wenceslaus Square, just as 5 o’clock struck.

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Every hour this antique clock comes to live celebrating the passing of another hour.  I have uploaded the two photos that I have: one where the doors are closed, and if you look closely at the second photo the doors are open as figures are starting to emerge.

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Since everyone had also graciously waited to eat until I arrived we were all famished. We found a wonderful restaurant right on the square where I had my first taste of traditional czech food: goose leg, potato dumplings and red cabbage. My mouth waters just looking at this photo, needless to say it was exquisite.

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After we finished linner (lunch/dinner, whatever you would prefer to call our main meal) we walked around the square, watching a few street performers such as a man blindly chopping a zucchini on another man’s stomach and a keltic band.

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With full bellies we continued our basic tour, passing by the street with most of the commercial retail shops and this beautiful building in the background.  There were many stands set up offering delicious street food, we succumbed and bought candied almonds.

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We wound our way through the different streets ending up at the powder tower, I knew this because of the plaque, so it is fair game to give the name of the building here.

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Since we were all exhausted we called it an early night, heading back to the Lindsey’s apartment. The others played three person gin rummy, while I made us all a drink out of becherovka, lemon, and tonic water (I highly recommend this combination!). Knowing that we were going to have a personal tour of the city with Alexandra bright and early the next morning and due to the few hours of sleep most of us had, we all went to sleep early.

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