Sunday, August 19, 2012

praha.prague.

Over the 4th of July we drove to Prague to get a taste for a historical city that many people here have told us is one of their favorite destinations.  We were not disapointed in the city, only that we didn't get to experience more of it.  We are so thankful for such an amazing opportunity that we have here to just drive over to the Czech Republic!  Here's a few pictures of out time in Praha!
The coocoo clock tower that comes alive every hour - with a live man that plays a trumpet in the tall tower. It was neat to see and hear multiple times.
The Charles Bridge - with about 30 statues of famous saints from different time periods . The orginal statues are around the city and all the ones that now reside on the bridge are replicas. This bridge has always been the big connection between the Prague castle and the rest of the city. It's very wide and long, making it quite beautiful.
We took a half a day to tour the Jewish Quarter and it was so informative. The Jews were badly mistreated and we were able to get a grasp on their history in Prague.  The picture above is of the Old Jewish Cemetery where there are estimated to be over 100,000 burials (12,000 tombstones). I couldn't get anymore pictures for respect sake. Wikipedia says the following about why the tombstones are so close together... According to halakhah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves.
A view of part of the city.
A beautiful Jewish synagogue, Spanish-inspired architecture.
A great lunch on the street--a nice break from walking all day!
At lunch Norah really started getting sick - we weren't sure if it was a heat stroke but it ended up being some weird throat virus that I too got which also lead us to end our trip away in the ER. So fun!!
This area is called Old Town, it was near the coocoo clock and very beautiful.
 Watching the girls enjoy one of the city parks - so in love!
A view of a street on Wenclesas Square (we stayed on this street behind my head)!

1 comment:

stef said...

wow! how amazing, you lucky girl!

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