Let’s start again with Saturday in Prague

DSC_0982  Here’s Good King Wenceslas;  we sing about him in the US, but he’s a saint for many Czechs.

There were many fountains and statues outside these churches.

DSC_0989  DSC_0990  Here’s St. George again, slaying that dragon.  Remember, we saw him at Weltenburg Abbey the other day (in the Danube Gorge and before the beer at 10AM) and he was on top of the altar there.  Here, he’s in the plaza, still killing the dragon, who is spitting water into the fountain.

There are many plazas in this half-mile long complex…many are filled with tourists and those mimes and musicians who are there to entertain and earn a living.  And see who else you can spot.

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DSC_1003See, on the right, our friends from Seattle.

And the castle guards are marching through the crowds, too, on their way to making the President safe. And, one at least, who just walks around ooglling the place like a tourist.

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Or, maybe, he was admiring a gathering of antique Citroen autos that came right onto the plaza.

DSC_1017 On Saturday, everyone comes to this high place.

Sorry about my earlier weather comment about the weather; you can see it’s sunny now.  Compared to the earlier fog.

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We traveled down the hill to the Old Town Square next…into the largest crowds we have seen in Europe.  A Saturday crowd.
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We watched some folks releasing balloons and wondered what was the occasion on that part of the plaza?

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Well, take a look…there were a bride and groom merrily dancing among a bunch of strangers from the world over.

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Then, right around the corner in the square was the densest crowd of all…waiting to get a look at the famous cuckoo clock strike the hour.  Lots of action…too bad I can’t figure out how to upload it, but Al Stewart got the sound and video of the whole, noisy act.

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If you blow up the photo, you can see the skeleton figure on the upper right in the cage.  He is waiting for the big hand to get to the next hour (I couldn’t figure out which of the five hands was the hour hand) and then he gongs a bell, which opens both upper level windows for puppets to troop by and then finally the bird at the top (which looks more like a Rooster than a Cuckoo) goes crazy flapping his wings and makes a sound just like a Cuckoo.

The next two hours were spent either watching street shows, window-shopping for items or services and eating lunch deep underground in a cafe.  Here are a bunch of photos of this really busy place.

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DSC_1085Largest Czech brewer.   DSC_1086Thai massage for Davey?

DSC_1088   DSC_1094Snakes and mimes.

DSC_1096Can you see the Starbucks again…inside the wall there?

DSC_1101And another American Icon…they are so proud to have it here.

Lunch underground was good.  Irish Coffee for Maryann…warding off the chill.

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Later Saturday night, we did an Avalon arranged “Folklore Dinner” with hokey entertainment and raucous crowds of people from all over the world.  We’ll skip it next time, but here are the highlights photos.

DSC_1138   Czech-type bagpipe with the lady singer helping to make it heard.

DSC_1139Red wine pouring guy was good for a while, but started spilling as he drank samples.

DSC_1142Dancers did Polka and other folk dances.

That’s a wrap for Saturday.

Sunday may take a while to gather, since we are leaving at 5AM Monday and have some more drinking to do to close out our Sunday activities.  We did the Charles Bridge stroll and the Millers found the Four Seasons for lunch…how decadent.

Ahoy!…that may be Czech for hello and good-bye.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

One comment

  • Loved the cuckoo clock when I blew up the photo! I forwarded the picture of the Citroens to Charlie — car shows are a global interest, I guess! Thanks for such great descriptions and photos throughout your trip. Inspiring possibilities as well as making us feel like we’ve been there!

    Love, Christy

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