(WOW as in a synonym for amazing, incredible, awe inspiring. Not World of Warcraft. Just wanted to clarify.)
Prague did not get bombed during WWII. And then spent many years under communism. Which means that the place doesn't look overly modernized. The old world charm is still abundant. So every time we turned a corner my jaw would drop because it was just that amazing, incredible and awe inspiring.
I mean, just look at this! Am I right or am I right?!
Prague Castle is apparently the biggest castle complex in the world. And we got there right in time to see the changing of the guards. And okay, it's not quite as elaborate as the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace in London....but it was still pretty cool.
Do you think these guards are more entertained or bugged by tourists taking their pictures in front of them all day, every day? Or do they just roll their eyes behind those sunglasses and consider us to be ridiculous?
Prague Castle is being used today as the presidential offices so when we went in, we were only allowed to tour about 10%...mostly just the ballroom and the throne room.
St. Vitus Cathedral is also part of the Prague Castle complex...but more on that later.
Eventually we made our way out of the Prague Castle complex, out into the surrounding city and onto the famous Charles Bridge.
On our way up to the Charles Bridge we passed the love locks. I had heard of this in France but apparently there are many cities throughout Europe that have something similar, and Prague is one of them...where padlocks are attached to some famous bridge by sweethearts who then throw the key into the river below to symbolize their everlasting love.
We walked over Charles Bridge (where I determined that we were moving far too fast and started making mental plans to return another day to really take it all in) and into Old Town Square....
We stopped at the Astronomical Clock Tower....as did hordes of other people. Built in 1418, it still works and does the "walk of the apostles" every hour. Considering the crowds I expected it to be a bit...well, more. But our guide did warn us that it was overhyped. And still, it was pretty fun.
But this is my favorite picture....all the tourist with their cameras up in the air.
And then of course we had to get our gelato in for the day...
More Prague soon....