Today was going to be a BIG day! The hostel we were staying at had an All Girls section, which was pretty decent. The walls of the dorm were all bright pink, the comfortors were lavander and there were bamboo plants sitting around in baby pink pained desks. It kind of reminded me of my bedroom decor when I was 5 years old! But, the privacy was nice. Mark and I met for our complimentary breakfast in the lounge which was served European continental style with pasteries, toast, yogurt with muesli and coffee. Then we headed out for the Prague Castle! The name actually refers to a complex of palaces, courtyards, churches and streets all spread accross the huge hill. To reach the castle we had to climb up the mountain which was just the beginning of the days workout. When we reached the top we were there just in time for the daily changing of the guards at 12 noon. We watched the ceremony as the new guards relieved the old ones complete with lots of music, salutes and marching! Then we headed to St. Vitus Cathedral which took 600 years to complete! Inside the cathedral we climbed a massive flight of stairs, when we reached the top I was truly out of breath but we had a panoramic view of the entire city!
Next we headed back down the hill to the Charles Bridge where we listened to all of the street performers, checked out the vendor's stands and laughed at the funny mimes and puppeteers. The Charles Bridge is the oldest of the 15 bridges that connect the two banks of the Vltava River. On the other side of the Bridge is the Old Town Square where we saw theTown Hall, Church of St. Nicholas and the Astronomical Clock which gives the time, month, season, zodiac sign, cause of Sun and Christian holidays. On the hour a skeleton appears and chimes a bell followed by 12 Apostles parading from little doors above the clock face.
Mark and I were both starting to get cold-even though I was wearing tights, leggings, cordurys, a wool sweater, my full length coat AND a fur hat. We headed to a Museum the French guys told us about where there was a Dali exhibit to warm up. It was a small collection, especially compared to the Dali Museum I had recently been to in St. Pete, FL but it still had nice pieces. The collection included graphics, sculptures and pottery. The most famous piece they had was The Persistence of Memory but my favorite was Lady Godiva with Butterflies. The museum also had a collection by Alfons Mucha the Master of Art Nouveau! The pieces included printed calanders, decorative menus, stamps, postcards, and many graceful women with streaming hair, painted in delicate colors with an unashamed act of temptation. And of course it wouldn't have been complete with out the extensive Moet et Chandon ads.
After being on our feet all day we were exhaused and I spotted a Thai Massage parlor just in time. I had never received a Thai massage before but it was amazing. The procedure is supposed to release toxins from joints, muscles and other tissues. The ancient healing art uses a unique system of special traditional massage techniques based on applying pressure at various points along the energetic path of the body resulting in relief of pain and tension. Well let me tell you...it did all that and more!
After our fabulious massages, Mark and I were quite relaxed and very much in need of some wine and dinner. We went to a traditional Czech restaurant and had a great meal! Then we stopped by the supermarket for a bottle of Becherovka, Czech liquor, which in my opinion is best served neat and straight! We also bought some absinthe then headed back to Plus Prague to enjoy. At the bar we ended up at, one of the bartenders told me that he wanted to make me a B52 and said I would just love it! Oh course I didn't say no and he served me a shot which was on FIRE! I was instructed to sip it with a straw and believe it or not it tasted delicious and somehow didn't burn me. I later found out that it was a mix of absinthe, baileys, and Kahalua. Talk about a secret recipe!
Mark and I weren't able to find any other travelers that are driving back to Berlin tomorrow so we were forced to book two bus tickets for 7AM-Ouch! I really wish we had more time here in Prague although we spent our time well and I will definately be returning!