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Lazy day in Prague

Lovely lazy day with 4 seasons in 1 day kind of weather. It only reached 23 degrees and was around 10 overnight so lovely to sleep in and nice and cool in the morning. Mostly overcast with patchy sunlight where it got hot, to being cool in the shade and then wet in the shower and humid after wards as I walked up the hill!

I had grabbed a book from the hostel shelves that I was really enjoying it so lay in bed for hours reading it before getting dressed and grabbing my shake and egg from the fridge in the kitchen around 10am. Did some more reading and didn't head out until 1pm.

I did a lovely 3 hour walk around old town going back to see some spots that I had seen on the segway ride.. First up to the castle again as I had not yet climbed the 287 steps up past the massive bell of the South Tower . It was a fantastic view of the castle and cathedral below and the city.

I walked right through to the end of the castle and down hundreds of steps-to the river past a trumpeting busker whose dog howls as he played! I walked over one of the bridges with a great view back over to the famous Charles Bridge.

I walked into the Jewish quarter to see the old cemetery that has many layers of burials across the to Old Town Square to see the lovely church Tyn (with the black towers). Unfortunately it was closed on Mondays but I could look through the grill and it was very ornate. To get in you have to walk through the restaurant out the front, up a passageway to a small courtyard at the church entrance. The shops in front were built on to the front of the church which was pretty unusual.

I weaved around winding narrow cobblestoned streets until I reach the Charles Bridge and then walked along the riverfront up to the Mosti Legli Bridge that crosses over one of the small islands in the middle of the river. I stopped and ate corn on the cob for 50 CZK ( $2.87 AUD) on a bench and admired the view over the river up to the castle on the other hill.

On the other side I walked through parklands on the river front of Kampe Island It has a small canal and feels like a small Venice with houses onto the canal..

Again just wandering narrow streets and saw a sign that I recognised from the segway ride pointing to this garden. Our segway guide had pointed it out as a beautiful hidden garden. I walked up the passageway and bought a ticket for 65 CZK ( $ 4AUD) to enter and it was just stunning and built over terraces up a hillside between buildings. It was called Vertba Garden and accessible from Karmelitska St at Mala Strana. It was built in 1715 as an Italian style terrace garden.

I ended up wandering past several embassies in quiet cobblestoned back streets that led to a long staircase of steps up chill that begged me to go up and explore. I ended up in the parkland and walked past apple orchards up to the Monastery on the hill with great views in all directions. More wandering around back streets back to the hostel - great 3hour walk!!

Changed another 10 euro into 260 CZK

Now off to meet Mum for dinner. We watched these buskers outside her hostel and while there a girl came up to me and asked if I ran an organisation in Cambodia. I instantly recognised her from being in the same hostel as me in Waikiki Beach in February. She was a fellow aussie over with her Mum.....small world!!

Mum and I went out for dinner and had a Goulash soup

At 7pm we joined the Ghost and legends of Prague walk for 70 minutes around the back streets hearing some local myths and legends.

On the way back I climbed the Charles Bridge Tower next to Mum's hostel for 90 CZK ( $5 AUD) Cant miss the great views or another opportunity for a work out!

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge


Cool Towers of the Charles Bridge

Cool Towers of the Charles Bridge


Prague

Prague


Looking back up to the castle

Looking back up to the castle


Old Town

Old Town


Old Town

Old Town


Old Town

Old Town


Tyne Church

Tyne Church


Church with old clock

Church with old clock


Ornate buildings

Ornate buildings


Old alleys

Old alleys


Charles Bridge Tower

Charles Bridge Tower


Ornate building

Ornate building


Storm clouds

Storm clouds


Storm clouds

Storm clouds


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Views from Italian Gardens

Views from Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Wedding photos in the gardens

Wedding photos in the gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


Exploring the hills above the town

Exploring the hills above the town


Views from the hillside park

Views from the hillside park


Crazy buskers

Crazy buskers


Sun setting over the Charles Bridge

Sun setting over the Charles Bridge


Love the towers

Love the towers


Trumpeter and howling dog

Trumpeter and howling dog


Ornate buildings

Ornate buildings


Charles Bridge Tower

Charles Bridge Tower


Ornate Building

Ornate Building


Storm clouds over the castle

Storm clouds over the castle


Charles Bridge and castle

Charles Bridge and castle


Charlie bridge statues at sunset

Charlie bridge statues at sunset


Lampost and towers

Lampost and towers


Charles Bridge statue

Charles Bridge statue


Statues silhouetted

Statues silhouetted


View from Charles Bridge tower

View from Charles Bridge tower


Silver linings

Silver linings


Looking down on the bridge

Looking down on the bridge


My dormitory - love the timber ceiling

My dormitory - love the timber ceiling


My bed - bottom bunk on the right

My bed - bottom bunk on the right


View from Castle /church tower

View from Castle /church tower


Zoomed into Charles Bridge

Zoomed into Charles Bridge


City views

City views


Courtyard below

Courtyard below


More of the castle

More of the castle


Riverside

Riverside

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Czech Republic

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