Prague, June 2015
More often than not you will find us on a ship. Ships don’t go, however, to Prague. So it was a plane for us. As we planned our trip we needed to select a hotel. I wanted more of a boutique hotel and JoAnn was okay with that. We finally settled on the Alchymist Nosticova Palace, in what is referred to as the Little Quarter or Mala Strana. It was a delightful place with beautiful rooms and a great location, just steps from the Charles Bridge.
We were warmly greeted and the staff were nice and accommodating.
We were in the Rudolf II, Imperial Suite, on the second floor just past the watchful eyes of two scary children.
The Rudolf II Suite was down the hall from the children and was very luxurious.
The Charles Bridge, dating from 1357, connects the Old Town to the Little Quarter. It was a pleasant walk from our hotel and is a pedestrian area and magnet for tourists.
They say it’s good luck to touch St. John Nepomuk and that it may ensure your return to Prague. He is sought out by all who walk the bridge; so much so that his plaque shines.
Looking from the Charles Bridge toward the Old Town
Prague is very walkable. Nothing is far away. From Old Town with its historic square and famous Astronomical Clock on the Town Hall to modern sculpture in New Town and Wenceslas Square, its all within reach.
Interesting what you see as you walk around. Just keep your eyes open . . .
. . . and don’t park illegally.
We strolled over to the Jewish Quarter to visit the cemetery and Synagogues. The cemetery was founded in 1478, is up to 12 layers deep in parts and has over 12,000 gravestones.
The Pinkas Synagogue was beautiful in its interior. The walls and arches, painted in geometric patterns, were striking in their simplicity. The ceiling twinkled with stars.
The Wall of Remembrance inscribed with the names of the 77,297 people who did not return from the Holocaust reminds us how cruel man can be.
A visit to Prague Castle and St. Vitus’s Cathedral was very pleasant. The stained glass in the cathedral is interesting and beautiful. Some of the glass was created by Alfons Mucha, enjoy.
Some other views of the Castle area.
Another stop we made was to the Church of Our Lady Victorious to see the Holy Infant of Prague. The Baroque church was quite striking; it even served as a backdrop for wedding pictures.
Some additional sites and views of Prague.
Prague is a gem of a city; worth returning to more than once.