Boy Howdy, do I love Prague!
Prague was the third largest city in the 1400’s (with Rome in the lead and Istanbul/Constantinople in second), and the city shows it. In the Old Town square there is over 10 centuries of architecture displayed. And let’s not forget that the real Prague is buried 6 meters below where it is now due to flooding.
We took a free walking tour around the city and learned some quirky legends and such.
This is called the Astronomical Clock. It is a clock- that is astronomically functioned (obviously) and tells the positioning of the planets as well as what zodiac it currently is, the time (an hour off because there was no Daylight Savings), and what Nameday it is. At each hour there is a show with the clock with figures that dance around it. The most interesting story about this clock is the maker. After completing and installing the clock, they blinded him to ensure that he would make this the only beautiful clock in the world. Unfortunately, he became so depressed he went to the clock, stuck his arm in the gears, and bled to death. Prague is a cheerful place.
We had an interesting group of people with us on our tour today. We met a couple from Munich who are originally from Provo. The wife and her sisters are the founders/creators of Moochie bags- the purses with the magnetic interchangeable covers, and she has been here running the business for about a year now. We also met some young backpackers, who always have the most interesting stories. One reason I love to travel so much is because you always meet the most fascinating people. A girl from Australia just finished at the ‘Uni’ and is traveling Europe and Asia for a year- she really enjoyed our chaco’s and didn’t know what Tom’s were. One student from London was traveling around for only 24 days, and there was another Australian who was about to start is PhD in Biochemistry and decided he’d travel from Beijing to Vienna first; with a pitstop in Salzburg for his cousin’s wedding. He’d be gone a total of 5 months. People are awesome!
We walked all over, and the tour lasted more than 3 hours. It is such a quirky place! There is so many things to say about this wonderful city, but I’ll just show you in pictures. Make sure to keep an eye out for the mummified hand (hung in a church to warn against theft- duh), and the crazy old lady that decided to come poke every man in our group in the middle of our tour. Hilarious to say the least.