|Double-tailed lion is the coat of arms symbol of the Bohemia region - Czech Republic|
Reece introduced us to his friend's: Ludik, Susanna and their new addition, Jacob. Hooorah for new friends! The three of them currently live in Regensburg, Germany but home is Prague, and they were overjoyed to share their love and knowledge of the city with three clueless, American expats.
|Half way up Petrin Hill, we stopped for a quick, morning coffee - Prague, Czech Republic.|
We started our tour of Prague at the base of Petrin Hill. A top Petrin Hill, there is an observation tower that resembles the Eiffel Tower - it's a very mini Eiffel Tower that promises a great view of the city. There is a tram that takes tourist half way up to the tower (for a small fee), but we opted to take the 30-minute walk through lush gardens and quiet little cafes. The hill partially wraps its green arms around Prague, and it offers a great backdrop to the picturesque city. The hike is fairly steep and if it's hot, you'll want a water bottle or two. A little bit of exercise was totally worth it and we got a great panoramic view of the city without paying for the observation tower. Ascending the hill, we realized that we were some of the only people around, but as the path leveled off and we slowly made our way towards Prague Castle, the throngs of tourists reappeared.
|We got a great view of Prague as we walked up Petrin Hill.|
|Chris, Lana and Reece on Petrin Hill. That's Prague Castle/Cathedral behind my head.|
|What a view! Cute cafe near the entrance to Prague Castle. Probably not the cheapest coffee in town!|
|St. Vitus Cathedral inside Prague Castle.|
St. Vitus Cathedral proudly stands within the walls of Prague Castle, and I learned from our local guide that this stunning piece of Gothic architecture is the biggest and most important church in the Czech Republic. St. Vitus is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The Cathedral that we see today is actually the third building that was built on the same site and dedicated to St. Vitus. The first church was built in 925 A.D., and the third one (what we see today) was founded in 1344 A.D. While there are so many amazing relics, stories and tombs inside St. Vitus, (to me) one of the most interesting things about the structure is that the original foundation still remains. Tourists can peer though thin wire and actually see part of that first structure.
|Inside St. Vitus Cathedral Prague, Czech Republic. This is where all the tourists were hiding!|
|Stained glass inside St. Vitus Cathedral Prague, Czech Republic.|
|No trip to Prague is complete without at least one trip across the Charles Bridge.|
|Love locks along a canal in Prague - Mala Strana.|
What do you know about these European "love locks?"
|Once a normal wall in Prague, this wall is now known as the John Lennon wall.|
Next time we are in Prague, I will absolutely visit the John Lennon wall
to see how much it has changed.
|There's Ludik (our awesome guide/new friend) in between Chris and Reece.|
|Prague Astronomical Clock - third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and oldest one that still works.|
|A view back on Old Town Square as we said goodbye to Prague.|