Prague Spring

15 04 2009
Springtime in Prague

Springtime in Prague

Prague is a real architectural and historic treat, and the spring here is nice.  Now that we are back up in the northern hemisphere for spring, we see tulips blooming and the trees are putting on fresh leaves all over the city.  Prague Castle is prominently located up on a slighlty tall hill, looking down on the city and the river. Charles Bridge leads to the castle and connects with the main old town square, which has the famous astronomical clock.  All throughout the city there are awesome buildings with great detail work  and architectural styles.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

We went to the castle on our first day, but got a late start so we saw as much of it as possible (somewhat limited due to the noisy crowds and long lines that build up as the day goes on) and spent the rest of the day wandering around the streets of this awesome city.  The next day we got up earlier to see some of the remaining sights we gave up on due to long lines, and it made a huge difference to enjoy the castle without the  crowds of noisy students that detract from the enjoyment of some indoor cathedrals and plazas.  Get here early to really enjoy the place, since the crowds and lines are almost non-existent and everyone up this early is polite enough to use their indoor voice.

Streets of Prague

Streets of Prague

We have enjoyed wandering the streets, eating new food, and getting used to the new languages here, since we really don’t speak Czech.  It is a little odd to go from the beginning of fall in the southern hemisphere to the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, but skipping winter also has its benefits.   We have really enjoyed some nice weather and the fresh spring growth here in Prague.

...above McDonalds

...above McDonalds

In 1968, the spring in Prague was marked by an attempt by Czech political reformers to repeal some of the draconian Stalinist communist controls imposed on the country by the USSR, but the effort was crushed by the USSR through military occupation of the country.  Our spring has not involved any altercations with Stalinists, but we went to the Communist museum just to have a look back in history anyway.   Just to show how much times have changed, the Communist Museum is located above McDonalds, and the entrance is shared with a casino.  It is an interesting museum of the communist period in Czech history, finishing with the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the collapse of communism and Soviet control over the country.

Vltava River

Vltava River

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Astronomical clock

Astronomical clock

Square at night

Square at night

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

Old town square

Old town square

View up to castle

View up to castle

Fast food

Fast food

Outdoor dining

Outdoor dining

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Roofs of Prague

Roofs of Prague

View of city from castle

View of city from castle

View down from castle

View down from castle

Charles Bridge

Charles BridgeView up to castle

In the days before reading, this was how you posted a "Keep Out" sign at your gate

In the days before reading, this was how you posted a "Keep Out" sign at your gate

Span over narrow street

Span over narrow street

Garden beneath castle

Garden beneath castleSaint Vitus's Cathedral


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2 responses

17 04 2009
Louise

It looks beautiful! We are having snow in Colorado today!

18 04 2009
Grammy&Grandad

Prague looks gorgeous. It seems there was a serious change in your surroundings. Love

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