Friday, July 8, 2016

THOUGHTS WHILE TRAVELING--NOTHING TO COMPARE TO PRAGUE

The group splits for the day again---Sonja & Babs head out to the country by rail for a hike and Jim, Susie & I take a self directed tour of Prague.  Once I saw the beauty of Prague last night, my mind was made up---my one chance to see all I could of this beautiful city could not be missed.



You will note in the background all the statues on the Charles Bridge.  This city is spilling over with history and artifacts and we saw as much as possible in one day.  



The cathedral above is without a doubt the most ornate I have even seen.  From the murals on the ceiling depicting scenes from Mary's life, the ornate gold statues, the deep life like paintings, and intricate wood carvings are beyond description.  I believe this was the cathedral (but can't swear to it) where the withered hand is hanging in the back of the church.  A story about a thief and divine revenge are the background to this lovely sight.





















The most famous site of Prague, perhaps, is the anatomical clock in the town square.  We watched it several times over the day and some change and I saw something new each time.
When the hour strikes, the clock goes through a series of motions-fascinating and hugely symbolic.  The clock was constructed in 1410--THAT would be over 600 years ago and some features added at a later date.  Legend has it the clock maker was blinded after completion so no other city could have anything like it.  That seems drastic, Rick Steves claims it as gospel, but Wikipedia says not.




One of the ornate buildings surrounding the town square.

A close up of the statue in the center of the square.
Note the expression on the faces.


A statue on the bridge.
Most of these are copies and the originals have been
moved to museums.
I am moved by how many of these saints were martyred for their faith.


It TRULY is a three ring circus in Prague.


We then head across the bridge and up the hill
 to the castle and cathedral.  

On our way up the hill to the castle- we discover a bicycle race--and get in touch with the hikers who have arrived back in town. After our tour on the top of the hill, we head down to meet them.   We sit and drink lemonade and watch these guys and girls--hurl themselves down these steps and over various man made obstacles for quite some time.  


BONE JARRING!


Eating dinner in the restaurant in the courtyard below our apartment, we pack up for our last transfer of the trip tomorrow morning.

The one place I absolutely wish I had at least one more day would be Prague.  If you make this trip--you need at least two full days--maybe more.

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
Isaiah 40:5

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos once again and great descriptions. Thank you Lulu. You certainly enjoyed the trip of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    God bless.

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    1. Two more posts, Victor, and I fly over the big pond home- it will certainly be always the trip of a lifetime !
      Blessings!

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  2. {{{Big Smiles}}} I second that, Victor. (and ewww on the snake)

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    1. He paid the guy to wrap that live boa around his neck-CRAZY!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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