Prague, Day 1 continued. Still in New Town. Made our way to the Franciscan Garden (originally a monastery garden where lovebirds now make out) near Wenceslas Square. I found some dancers! Once we left, I also found A Finger Casino. Finger didn’t appreciate me wanting to take a picture of him in front of the entrance.
Prague Day 1 continued: headed to New Town. I have had the song “Good King Wenceslas” stuck in my head for about 48 hours. Little did I know he was the the first Czech saint and patron saint of the Czech state. Our audio tour guide Rick Steve’s (thank you, free informative podcasts), pointed us towards David Cerny’s “Horse,” which depicts St. Wenceslas sitting upside down on a dead horse in the Lucerna passage of downtown Prague.
We visited Golden Lane, named after goldsmiths who lived there in the 17th century. House 16 (my birth date) just happened to have been a tavern. We then stopped for a beer during which a thunderstorm rolled in.
The Prague Castle adventure continued to St. George’s Basilica, which pre-dates St. Vitus’s Cathedral. Pic 3 is of St. Ludmila, widow of the 9th century ruler Peince Borivoj. She became Bohemia’s first female Christian martyr when she was strangled while she was praying.
The first three pictures are from St. Vitus’s Cathedral, including The Chapel of St. Wenceslas and our exit to see the Old Royal Palace
We spent a weekend in Prague. Day 1 started at the Prague Castle. The castle gates are crowned by copies of 18th century statues of Fighting Giants (Ignaz Platzer). We then entered St. Vitus’s Cathedral (work began in 1344). The cathedral houses the Crown Jewels (seven people have keys, including the President and Mayor), as well as the tomb of “Good King” Wenceslas. I loved the Rose Window (pic 5 and 7). The building of the Chancel (pics 6 and 8) started in 1372. Picture 9 is the Tomb of St. John Nepomuk. My favorite picture is from the Chapel of St. Wenceslas. The bronze ring is thought to be the one he clung to as he was murdered by his brother Boleslav.
Add to the list of things the U.S. needs to include in their airports: pianos for pianists to play on. Everyone relaxes and The Queen of Every Flight Delay Imaginable (me) was not in the least annoyed.
Sitting next to a kid playing Philip Glass at the Vaclav Havel airport #Prague because I attract delayed flight like bees to honey (at Václav Havel Airport Prague)
The rain held off for maybe an entire 30 minutes in early August #museumplein #amsterdam (at Museumplein)