Tag Archives: Czech Republic

Old New Synagogue

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Old New Synagogue in Prague (hey, that rhymes!) is the oldest active synagogue in Europe, and was completed in 1270. No photography is allowed in the interior, which is surprisingly small, and I had to wear a yamulke to enter, which wasn’t surprising at all.

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The Old New Synagogue.

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Czech Meal

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

When you’re in the Czech Republic, you obviously have to have a Czech Republican meal. So this was had in the backyard garden of a bar in the Jewish Quarter: pork, sauerkraut, and potato dumplings:

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A Czech Republican meal.

I wasn’t the only one in the garden enjoying myself:

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Somebody overate.

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Merger?

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

“Dear family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of two fast food franchises…”

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“I do”

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Ad

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

An interesting ad inside a boutique store in Prague. It’s partially obscured by the merchandise, but it seems to be an ad for a tie. You can see the man is being grabbed and hit in the ad:

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Don’t stain the tie!

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Sign

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Tobacco drinks!?! Bleh! Who would drink that?

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Doesn’t sound pleasant.

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Castle

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Prague Castle, from its heavenly heights, dominates Prague’s Lesser Town below. It’s the largest castle complex in the world, and contains within its walls several churches, palaces, gardens, and ghosts. Its history dates back to 870, when the church of Our Lady was constructed there, and it has served as the seat of government for the Kings of Bohemia, the Holy Roman Empire, and the modern-day Czech Republic.

Hande and I climbed up to explore, and although we didn’t explore the interior of the palaces, with their own history (e.g. the second Prague defenestration in 1618, which instigated the Thirty Years’ War), we did pay the King’s ransom required to see the other sights, including St. Vitus Cathedral. Construction on the modern building began in 1344, and it holds the graves of several Holy Roman Emperors.

Here’s a view from the outside:

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St. Vitus Cathedral

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St. Vitus Cathedral

And, the inside:

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St. Vitus Cathedral

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St. Vitus Cathedral

I thought the stained glass here was particularly beautiful; some windows left me spellbound. Sadly my photographs captured only a minute fraction of that beauty:

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St. Vitus Cathedral

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St. Vitus Cathedral

The Castle complex also contains the Golden Lane, a small street of 11 historic houses dating back to the 15th Century. You may think the Lane was called Golden because it was originally paved with gold, but you’d be wrong; the name derives instead from the fact that in its youth, the Golden Lane was populated with goldsmiths. And, eventually, Franz Kafka:

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A place on Golden Lane.

Prague Castle looks down over the rest of Prague, and that view looks like this:

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The view of Prague.

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The view of Prague.

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The view of Prague.

The view was so nice, we decided to sit and admire it for a while at a hole-in-the-hillside cafe:

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The view of Prague.

Mulled wine! Mmmmm…

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Building

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Some interesting Praguese architecture graces this Pragovian building:

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Praguese architecture

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One of Three

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A view of one of the three St. Nicholas churches in Prague – this one located in the Lesser Town Square, and which dates back to 1703.

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A St. Nicholas church.

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View

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The view from the hotel in Prague: a boat on the Vitava River:

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On the Vitava River

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Yum

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Kozel especially. Yum!

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Good beer is worth it.

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