It took some wicked ninja computer skills, but I finally got Windows Live Writer to get over itself and let me post a billion photos without automatically lumping them into an album! I don’t know about you, but I never sit and scroll through a blogger’s album. It just doesn’t happen. None of the computers I use can handle that much action.
That being said, I hope your computer can handle loading this post. I’m praying mine can! I can tell you know that photographing Prague requires a high quality wide-angle lens and unlimited time. Oh, and if you’re really trying to capture the intense beauty and essence of Prague, well, you’ll fail. You just have to go there. I really had to whittle down the number of photos I decided to post here. Here’s to hoping I can go again!
Here’re some Czech Crowns, or Korunas. They’re so pretty!
Our first stop in the city was the Prague Castle (the largest ancient castle in the world) grounds and St. Vitus Cathedral. The outside of the grounds reminded me of something that should be used as a setting for a live-action Beauty and the Beast film!
I mean, it’s so fairy tale-like!
Epic view. When international diplomats come to Prague to speak, it’s usually right here. Looks good for the press, the tour guide told us.
And then we got to the cathedral.
Oh. My. Gosh.
I spent a great deal of time lying on the ground just hoping to capture the enormity of it.
I didn’t even scratch the surface.
OH. MY. GOOOOOOOOSSSSSHH. *Clicks camera*
*click* *click* *click* *click*….
Construction on the St. Vitus Cathedral began in the 1300s and was finally completed in the 1920s. The section you see here in the following picture was part of the earlier construction.
The castle grounds contain several different historical architectural styles, including baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, etc.
Haha, a blacksmith….
The view of Prague from the castle walls…
Walking to the Charles Bridge…
The Charles Bridge reaches over the Vltava River and is studded with various sculptures depicting important historical and sacred figures.
This is St Wenceslas (of the Christmas Carol, “Good King Wenceslas”). He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic.
If you look directly under St. Wenceslas, you’ll see an engraving with several figures rubbed shiny. The figure on the left is a dog. You rub him if you want to come back to Prague again. You rub the figures on the right for good luck. I rubbed both.
The Astronomical Clock. Aka, the coolest cookoo clock there ever was! I wish I had a video of this thing in action!
One of the things I loved most about the Czech Republic was the AMAZING sculpture art. I always say that the art that I really find appealing is the art that “breathes.” It pulls you in and moves you. It makes you feel what the image is meant to portray, as if you are a part of it. Every sculpture I found everywhere in the Czech Republic gave me that feeling. I’d love to visit Prague again just for the architecture and art!
After our morning sight-seeing tour, it was time for our choir concert at the St. Nicholas Church in Old Town Square
And after that, it was finally time to eat! It was about 3pm and we hadn’t eaten lunch! We hit up the square and I found me some Nutella crepes!
Yes. Absolutely, incandescently yes.
Kris, Jake, and several others got bratwursts in French baguettes.
How genius is that?!?!
Oh yeah, and don’t forget the trdelnik!
After eating we had several hours to kill, and a couple of us found this seriously hole-in-the-wall joint to grab some coffee (which I spent a lot of time drinking on this trip!)
I was slightly reminded of the Leaky Cauldron. Just a little.
I ordered a Vienna Coffee (in Prague. Strange, I know. This actually happened quite a bit. Ordering things that are popular elsewhere), and officially discovered that in Europe, coffee is always served with dairy, and also always served with two packets of sugar. Often, it is also served with a small glass of water and a shortbread cookie, but this particular place didn’t participate in that latter habit.
Old Town Square at dusk.
Before long we were all escorted off to dinner at this restaurant in the area. I honestly have no idea what this place was since it was dark, but we enjoyed the chance to sit and relax. I mean, more than we were in the previous 3 hours? Hehe.
We had our dinner pre-ordered for us, but that didn’t bother me too much. In fact, I spent most the evening chatting about world views, faith, and art with Michelle (another one!), Justin, and Kris, so I honestly didn’t pay all that much attention to my food. In fact, by this day on our trip, my appetite sort of threw me for a loop. I’d be FAMISHED then wait five minutes, get to food, and suddenly lose all appetite. My stomach would suddenly shrink to the size of a peanut. I have no idea why. The food was great!
Sparkling water. I became obsessed with this stuff over the trip. Well, not this particular stuff. This one wasn’t so good, but all the other sparkling waters I had were awesome!
A pasta dish. I overheard a lot of “where’s the meat?!”
It was good. I was quite full after half a plate of this, but then again, my stomach was the size of a peanut.
LIVE MUSIC!!! The best part about this guy was his contagious SMILE!
Ah, yes. The picture of Mr Black, the Wayland Singers director would sadly had to opt out of the trip at the last minute. We took him everywhere!
Dessert! Another yummy crepe!
*Exhale!* I hope you enjoyed that! I have to say that my previous impression of Prague did change with that day. Instead of it feeling “depressingly beautiful,” it felt more like a fairy tale, which I love!
I’ll leave you with a fun moment of the other Michelle and me at dinner that night!