Having sent my application for study abroad, I began to think about the other places I would want to visit while in England. Prague was very high on my list. It actually tied with Scotland and Ireland. I was so excited to see Prague because I had seen pictures before and since I heard about the Bone Chapel. I’ll go into more detail when I show the pictures. Since Stewart couldn’t come on the Scotland-Ireland trip, I made sure that we would see one of the other places he was interested in. To be fair to Stewart, he was interested in Prague after I showed him pictures and talked about the chapel. Prague may not have been top on his list, but he was open to going where ever I wanted to go. Lucky for both of us Prague was one of our favourite places!
Here are pictures I took while we were walking from our hotel to the Astronomical Clock. (The clock is actually more of an astrological clock since it represents the zodiac, but every time I tried researching it “corrected” to astronomical.)
I only recently discovered that I love clocks. Pocket watches have always been a love of mine, but clocks in general didn’t strike me until I saw Big Ben (which is actually the name of the bell inside the tower of the British Parliament building) in person. This clock ignites my passion in a whole different way. It’s lower to the ground, so I can appreciate its beauty and craftsmanship up closer. The clock is more artistic and colourful. As an added bonus the clock actually moves and chimes much like a grandfather clock at certain times.
The Christmas Market in Old Prague Square was in full swing. The leather market is amazing in Prague which I didn’t realize until I came across a leather glove stand. I bought myself some handmade Wine red gloves for only $15 and they are perfect. They fit perfect, match one of my purses perfect, and are super soft. Look around the local markets for souvenirs! Most of the stands, and even some stores, will haggle prices too.
Prague was the first city I’d been to where I got to see street performers. Other cities had their beggars but these people were very creative and talented. One of them looked just like my friend from home, and that confused me.
There are so many sites to see in Prague that I knew I’d have to write out a list for myself and Stewart. Even with a list I made sure to take time to just wander the city with Stewart.
Even with a list I made sure to take time to just wander the city with Stewart.
There were some really interesting shops, such as a marionette store.
Stewart and I searched for the Old Jewish Cemetery that has been built over 7 times. It has extravagant tomb stones, and is apparently really hard to find. The one that my hotel map showed me was an old Jewish graveyard but it wasn’t the one I was looking for. So we made our way to Prague Castle. We weren’t able to tour the inside because it was late but that’s okay. Next time we visit Stewart and I will have to find the proper cemetery and tour the castle.
By serendipitous accident, we walked into the annual pillow fight celebration! Apparently every year (the date isn’t actually set in stone) hundreds gather in Old Prague Square and have a massive pillow fight when the Astronomical Clock goes off at a specific time. When researching it later I realized how special the event was, because it isn’t always on the same date. Stewart and I just happened to be so lucky as to go to Prague during the same time, and to walk in on the celebration! It was the 22nd of December 2015 at 8pm. A local explained that the celebration was just for fun and that it draws a lot of tourists due to its strangeness. I loved it! I honestly believe that you should go and attend this celebration! Bring a feather pillow! It was too dark to take pictures and it was hard to capture the white feathers looking like snow as they fell onto Old Prague Square.
Day two was kicked off by waking up early to go on a tour through Kutna Hora. Being only about an hour out of Prague Kutna Hora is the home of the Bone Chapel! I was so excited to finally see it for myself.
The chapel is made of the bones of the victims of the plague. Since the chapel and graveyard surrounding it were becoming overloaded with the bones, the landowners hired artist František Rint in 1870 to do something with the remains while still honouring the dead. After Rint said that his sculptures remind all who look at it that we all are the same in the end.
We wandered Kutna Hora after the Bone Chapel. Our tour guide was amazing! She has been giving these tours three times a week for the last five years!
I’m glad that Stewart and I didn’t take the tour that only took us to Sedlec Ossuary because Kutna Hora is beautiful. The tour we took included a three course lunch and admission into all the sites we visited. The whole tour only cost $11 per person (in U.S. dollar conversion) and it was a great deal! Lunch was amazing and it wasn’t the end of our tour.
Saint Barbara’s Cathedral is one of my favourite cathedrals. We were free to take our own pictures, and we were the only group in the building at the time. The artwork was stunning and it was so bright. Not many cathedrals I’ve visited are brightly lit.
I especially loved that I was able to take nice pictures of the stained glass.
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