BC: Germany Bound
1: We bussed to Prague today. We didn't have a lunch stop, so it was a straight drive. We arrived at the hotel and relaxed for a bit. After relaxing, Aunt Mary and I went explore the city. We walked all the way to St. Charles Bridge via Old Town Square. They are churches all over this town. Every corner seems to have another church. This area is known for its garnet jewelry as well as leaded glass. I found a ring that I really liked but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to make sure its the one I want. We walked to a beer garden for dinner with the group. It was a lot of fun. There was a little band that played while we ate. I had a shot, some dark Czech beer, Gaulache for dinner and apple struddle for desert. We walked back to the hotel and I relaxed. Aunt Mary went out to a club with the HSers. They seems to have had a lot of fun. | June 18, 2009
4: Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of Europe's (and the world's) most popular tourist destinations. It is the sixth most-visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. It contains one of the world's most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo-Classical and ultra-modern.
7: Sitea Around the City
9: The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge but has been the "Charles Bridge" since 1870. The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.
10: Infant Jesus of Prague is a famous statue of infant Jesus located in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana, Prague. The exact origin of the Infant Jesus statue is not known, but historical sources point to a small 48 cm high sculpture of the Holy Child with a bird in his right hand carved in around the year 1340. | June 19, 2009
12: We did a walking tour of Prague in the morning. They have so many beautitful buildings. Much of the city was destroyed during the war, but the buildings were rebuilt to resemble the old buildings. After the tour I decided to go buy the ring I saw yesterday. I aslo bought another for Alaina. I ate a chicken sandwich at a little restaurant and walked over the St. Charles Bridge. Students were protesting on the other side the bridge. Apparently there exams were canecled and they were protesting not being able to take them. We weren't sure if that means they couldn't advance. We went to Our Lady of Victory church to see the Infant Jesus Statue. The priest also brought us in the back to bless the items that were purchased. We walked back to the hotel for a little R&R before attending a violin quartet at St. Salvator Church. It was a nice little concert that lasted about an hour. After that we ate at the Hard Rock Hotel. I had the twisted Chicken Mac and Cheese. It was good as usual. They also had a live band that played really good American music. I think that will about wrap up my night. I just plan to relax.
14: June 20, 2009
19: Night Cruise
20: Today we did the tour of the castle in the area. They had beautiful views from the top of the castle. We were once again caught by rain, and this time I mean rain. We didn't really get to finish seeing everything because we took shelter in the subway area. We waited for awhile then decided to just take the subway to the Old Town. When we got off we went eat at McDonalds. I had a burger and coke, but their combos also come with bottled water. That definitely came in handy. I went back to the hotel for awhile and did some research on the countries we visited for the test. I met with the group again at 4 to walk across Charles Bridge to Our Lady of Victory church. We attended the Spanish mass. The Infant Jesus of Prague is in this church. After church Aunt Mary treated us to dinner at the original Budweiser restaurant. I had a chicken pasta. It was very good. After mass we headed back to the river and went on a jazz cruise. It was a very nice outing and was able to see the city from different angles. We weren't able to go the direction we wanted to b/c of the dams, but we were able to go into the lock system. That was a first for me. It was a nice experience. I walked a group of them home while others went out.