January 19: Have I mentioned that Prague is the most beautiful city in the world. Today, we reinforced this completely unbiased and absolute true statement with a walking tour of Old Town, New town, the Prague Castle, and even the St. Charles Bridge.
Although the Czech Republic is a democracy, the sitting President still lives in the corridors of the castle. The castle is located on top of a huge hill and taking into account that we were there when snow was on the ground (which apparently doesn’t happen very often), our slippery cobblestone journey was long-winded, but totally worth it! We were able to see the changing of the guards at the front gates and took a tour of the St. Vitus Church next to the castle. St. Vitus was incredible, and in my opinion, more beautiful than St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.
Our tour didn’t end there. We got to go inside of the palace and view how the other half lived. Great big rooms with inspired architecture, and even the “defenestration room” (aka where they threw people from windows) comprised our abbreviated understanding of the royal life. I must say though, it was cool to walk in the same footsteps as those I learned about in my history classes. I’ve had many moments like this on the trip, and it has just brought my education full-circle.
This feeling continued on our free day in Prague. A few friends and I went to St. Nicholas. Why is this church so important? There was a guy that played the organ there one time when he was a guest of the Dušeks. His name was W. A. Mozart, no big deal or anything. I didn’t nearly have a heart attack when I was 30 feet away from that organ, not at all. Yes, that visiting that church was the highlight of the day…and that’s saying something because we went to Starbucks right after that. Coffee and musical icons, what could be better than that?
I could write a book about our three day visit to Prague, but I won’t bore you all with the details. I really hope I can go back there again!