didn’t really know why. Now I know why. I really enjoyed the Mala Strana and Old
Town. You could really walk everywhere, but the trams would help and the end of a
long day. Really I only saw Prague 1 and Mala Strana, across the bridges from Old Town.
That is where the Towers, the Bridges, Prague Castle and the tourist area is located.
As this is my first trip around the world I want to see these areas. On my subsequent
trips I will expand my horizons. This trip I wanted to see the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. We went to the castle
on day 2. It was not quite what I expected. I was a real castle but it was huge!
There was an amazing Cathedral - St Vitrus with the Arches and the stained glass
windows - inspiring. Then the original Church from 890 A.D. was still there too - St George’s Basilica. The Golden Lane with the old shops (and some new) and
how it looked right up against the castle wall.
Once you walked out the front gate there was an overlook and you could see the
entire city. You could see the new sky scrappers in the distance. We were near Old
Town. There is much more here than what we saw. If fact the TV Tower is as big as
I have ever seen, can be seen from anywhere in the city and had a nice fitting design.
The next day we got out about 10:00 am and started hitting the towers one by one.
The Towers were great and their views are outstanding. We climbed all 5 towers plus
the tower on Petrin Hill. The hill climb was more difficult than the actual tower.
1 The Town Belfry at St. Nicholas Church was our first tower and was difficult with
the heights and odd stairs. The views were excellent
2 The Lesser Town Bridge Tower had great views of the Charles Bridge and the
Castle at two different heights. This was my favorite.
3 The Old Town Bridge Tower we saw before on the first day in the rain - Fantastic.
4 The Astronomical Clock Tower was the only tower to be crowded around the top.
People could not pass by my with my backpack on. I had to turn sideways so people
could get by. I finally took it off. The views of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn
All the other towers there were only a few people if any at all. Each had a new
perspective and each was worth the stairs.
5 Powder Tower had steep circular stairs and again had great views. I loved all
the towers. It is interesting that I never knew I had an issue with heights. It is not
always, but when there is a large gap out into a 40 -90 meter gap and just a hand
rail between me and “learning to fly” I do feel uneasy. It is not a rational feeling,
but it is there no the less. I just push on through these areas - just keep climbing -
until I get to an area that has “less of an unencumbered view”. The Platforms are
usually fine. The circular stairs do get you dizzy and that don’t help. I loved the towers
and the views from each.
The snow fall on day 2 was really cool. It gives a new look to the city as did the
sunshine on day 5. I loved both aspects and again took too many pictures. We
walked every day and I went out one evening. I may go out again tonight.
The food was good and most of it was inexpensive. We did go out to two breakfasts
and cooked the rest of the week. We had rooster and bore as a couple meals that
were really good.
It is difficult to rate each place I have been as they all had something amazing. Rome,
Matera, Venice, Trieste, Vienna and now Prague. How do you rate them? I guess it
would be with a question. Would I come back? I would go back to Venice, Vienna
and Prague without question. Sally does not share this opinion with all the site but
Prague is a definite yes for her. We are looking at changing our summer plans to
return to Eastern Europe. We will see. Prague should be on your list.
My photo and blog site for my 2016 travels and beyond
P.S. If you go to the destination page and click the link to locations, I share
additional pictures from each trip