Europe 18: Prague 2!

There were too many Prague pictures to put into one picture!

After running around all day in the rain on our first day in Prague, my mom and I made an effort to dress super warm (temperatures were dropping each day during our trip) and hopefully cute!

Hoping to beat the intense crowds that we had run into at Prague Castle the day before, we headed there first, with just a quick stop on the way to see the “Baby Madonna,” which is a teeny statue in a small church that people make pilgrimages to, with hopes it will help their fertility.

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We only visited the statue for a few mins before it was off to the castle!  This time, it was much less crowded and I got myself and up-close-and-personal view of the changing of the guards!

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We toured all of the palaces in Prague Castle before entering the fortress and touring the cathedral.  We walked then more around the fortress part of Prague Castle, before heading back into town.

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One of Prague's specialties.  I forget what it is called, but it was like  thing, hollow doughut!
One of Prague’s specialties. I forget what it is called, but it was like thing, hollow doughut!

Before heading back across St. Charles Bridge, we veered off to see the John Lennon Wall.  No, John Lennon never visited, but the youth leaders of the Velvet Revolution found him inspirational in their movement.

This is sort of my every day motto, when I think about it :)
This is sort of my every day motto, when I think about it 🙂
I was very excited and proud and grateful to find this on the wall all the way in Prague!  How incredibly supportive every one in the world has potential to be for every else.  It was very uplifting!
I was very excited and proud and grateful to find this on the wall all the way in Prague! How incredibly supportive every one in the world has potential to be for every else. It was very uplifting!

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Then it was back over St. Charles Bridge, where stopped to rub the famous statue.  The statue is of the Queen’s priest who the King had drowned, after the Priest wouldn’t give up the Queen’s secrets.  If you rub the statue, you are supposed to be guaranteed to come back to Prague!  It was a bit of an awkward, long backward stretch, so ignore the camera angle 🙂

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My mom and I are both wearing the scarves we bought in Vienna!
My mom and I are both wearing the scarves we bought in Vienna!

We made it back to Old Town Square just in time for the astronomical clock to go into “show” mode!  Every hour, on the hour, a little surprise happens– little people pop out of the clock!

See the doors on top opening?!
See the doors on top opening?!

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The first wooden characters!  The show & music goes on for about ten minutes I'd say, with maybe a dozen characters rotating through the windows.
The first wooden characters! The show & music goes on for about ten minutes I’d say, with maybe a dozen characters rotating through the windows.

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The clock tower!  You can see the clock face on the lower left.
The clock tower! You can see the clock face on the lower left.
We watched a super creepy street performer for about a half hour.
We watched a super creepy street performer for about a half hour.

After watching the eeby-jeeby street performer (like he contorted his body through a tennis racket, laid on broken glass & had a person walk on him, drank gasoline, etc), we headed back to the hotel for a quick “mimosa” (random, but we were trying to use up our free champagne from the hotel in Vienna!) and then off to a hotel restaurant just up the road, The Admiral Cafe.  The Admiral Cafe is known as one of the nicest restaurants in Prague so we were stoked to try it!  I think we can both attest that we weren’t let down either, it was delicious!

Our high-class mimosas, made with free champagne & orange juice/pop hybrid from the hotel vending machine haha
Our high-class mimosas, made with free champagne & orange juice/pop hybrid from the hotel vending machine haha
Mom's yummy pork dish!
Mom’s yummy pork dish!
My fantastic vegetable gnocchi!
My fantastic vegetable gnocchi!
Me trying Prague's infamous local beer!
Me trying Prague’s infamous local beer!
Mom trying Prague's local wine!
Mom trying Prague’s local wine!

We had a leisurely dinner, savoring our last bit of time in Prague, before it was back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.  We were headed on a 7:30AM train to Berlin and were getting anxious again about the weather reports– 60 degrees & rainy in Berlin?!  Uh oh…

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