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CZECH REPUBLIC: Check It Out

The longer that Marilynn and I stay at home, the harder it is to leave. Once we leave, it’s easy to stay away. Finally, we hit the road again, all geared-up for two months of winter travel around Eastern Europe with no set itinerary.

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Prague

During winter “off- season,” most tourists are gone, and everything from hotel rooms to food is half-price. So, let’s bundle up and start checking out magnificence in the city of Prague.

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Prague Old Town Square

After a sleepless overnight flight, we roam the cobblestone streets and sidewalks of Prague in a trance of awe and wonder. The art begins on the cubic ground level.

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Even the sidewalks, streets, and sewer covers are beautiful

Snowflakes fly with the wind around stone sculpted saints, angels, warriors, gargoyles, and yet to be identified creatures clinging to Gothic buildings, spires, bridges, domes, and even the astronomical clock. Yes, overwhelming.

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The Astronomical Clock

Prague, my friends, is an amazing walking city. Plan to get lost in the angled alleyways where the streets make no sense, especially while a plethora of art grabs your gaze.

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Typical street in Prague

Like the hidden passageways of a Moroccan Kasbah, front doors of countless cafes, restaurants, and hotels mean nothing until you step through the portal and discover a different world.

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Pork Knee or Knuckle

It’s time for some stick-to-your-ribs food, like roasted pig knee (call it knuckle if you prefer) with sauerkraut and horseradish, a Czech favorite.

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Ron crossing the Charles Bridge

Let’s walk across the Charles Bridge to visit the John Lennon Wall, followed by a cold one at the John Lennon Pub. All we need is love.

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The Lennon Wall

A one-hour train ride to the town of Kutna Hora presents a unique day trip to the Cemetery of All Saints with the Ossuary.

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Sedlec Ossuary, better known as “The Bone Church”

It’s a church decorated with the bones of about 40,000 buried bodies who died mostly from epidemic around the 14th Century. Legend has it that a half-blind monk decoratively arranged the bones and skulls around the 16th Century. The monk regained his eyesight after his honorable labor.

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The bones of 40,000 people

The Roman Catholic Church administrates this UNESCO World Heritage site.  “Remember the Death” symbolizes hope of resurrection. Not a celebration of death, but symbolic of the equality of all people in front of the throne of God.

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No words…

I digress here to explain that we are American football fans. We stayed awake two nights in a row, all night, to watch the NFL playoff games in the comfort of our room at the “Elite Hotel.” (Quite unique hearing broadcasters speak German) I was too gassed that morning to walk to Prague’s most popular attraction, the Prague Castle.

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Prague Castle, up close and personal

While I was content to view the site from a distance, the amazing Marilynn trekked up to the castle.

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Views from the Castle

She had the place almost to herself. From Gothic to Renaissance to nouveau and cubist, the art and architectural presentation transcends words.

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Prague by night

So, I’ll end this post in a trance of awe and wonder, and leave with you Marilynn’s inspirational photos of Prague.   Ron Mitchell

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As beautiful at night….

 

 

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13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kathie Boyuk #

    So loved reading this. Brought back some wonderful memories and makes me want to go back. Keep blogs coming. I do love them and have a wonderful adventure.

    January 17, 2017
  2. Love the prose and photos! Another Marilyn and Ron excellent adventure. Looking forward to more. And wow Prague looks like a stunning city. Cheers! BTW I guess I’ll cheer for the Steelers over the Pats. 🙂

    January 17, 2017
    • Sorry about your Seahawks. I’m hoping for an all around good game, with a Steelers win of course.

      January 17, 2017
  3. Kim Barnes #

    Stunning! I want to go there!

    January 17, 2017
    • We got $499 RT airfare. Great rooms are less that $50 and food is cheaper than Subway! Of course, it’s winter season.

      January 17, 2017
  4. Alexander Corrie #

    Nice to be reading your travel posts again! Looking forward to hearing about two months of Eastern Europe in the winter!

    Sent from my iPhone

    January 17, 2017
  5. Skip #

    Jackie and I LOVE Prague… we found a nice restaurant, sw side of the square, down the first alley… hade the BEST Goulash in a bread bowl I have ever had!!

    January 17, 2017
    • I know what you mean, Skip. It would be hard to not find a great restaurant. I cannot believe all the folks in KFC and Burger King though!

      January 18, 2017
  6. VICKY L BARR #

    This one I really loved! The Church of Bones is quite interesting!

    January 18, 2017
  7. Julie #

    Wonderful!

    January 19, 2017

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