Sunday, December 8, 2013

Prague

I ended my Thanksgiving holiday in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.  I was in the city for one full day and I spent a majority of that day at Prague Castle, I will post about that site later, but here are some of the other things I saw in the city.  Again, Prague has great transit, these trams were really easy to use.   But I did make one error where I kept mixing up the 9, 20 and 21 when trying to get over a bridge back to the main side of the river.  Basically, you can't just take the next tram that shows up (most cities, all trams go to or from the main station, not Prague).
 Old town square is the center of the Christmas festival, it is also cornered by three or four amazing old churches.
 One church has the astronomical clock, this one was first built in 1410.
 It's a really large clock, besides just looking at what time it is, they don't really help to explain what all the other faces of the clock means.
 An old sidewalk through central Prague.
 During rush hour, the trams are kind filled like Tokyo.  I saw this and decided to walk back to my hotel.
 Looking over the river towards the castle.
 Old town square at night.
 In Prague, if someone ask you where is McDonalds, you kind of need to question back "how far are you willing to walk?"  Also in downtown Prague is a Hooters restaurant.  If you are missing American / Mexican food, let me recommend  a visit to Frankfurt for Chipotle and Prague for wings at Hooters.  Hooters also shows NFL games, I think it was live.
 This is Wenceslas Square, at the base of the square is the National Museum.
 Also at the base of the square is a tribute to Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, who were political activist who protested against Russian invasion of what was at the time Czechoslovakia.
 Looking back over the square.
 You can get tickets to the airport on the Airport Express bus.   It was kind of weird, the bus was about half way to the airport on the road that is direct to the airport when it turned off and started heading into the country side.   I started wondering where the heck we were going when we were about 20 minutes into the country side.  But after a while the bus turned back into the direction of the airport and ended up at the terminal.