Prague Preview

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The “Golden City” of Prague is where our tour will begin. We will enjoy some guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches.

Helpful information about Prague:

language: Czech; some words and phrases:

hello – ahoj or cau (pronounced like Ciao)

good morning – dobre rano

good afternoon – dobre odpoledne

good evening – dobre  vecar

good night – dobre noc

good bye –  na shledanou

 

Currency: Czech Koruna,  currently there are 25.36 koruna in 1 US Dollar for a value of

.039 cents each

PRAGUE’S TOP TEN

1) Astronomical clock/Old Town

The medieval Astronomical Clock built on top of the Town’s Hall that provides a musical show every hour from 8:00 Am to 8:00 PM. The Astronomical Clock, which now proudly symbolizes Prague, was originally build in 1410 which makes it the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. The various signs on the clock stand for the phases of the moon, the seasons and also for some of the Christian holidays.

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2)Tyn Church

Tyn church, also called the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, is located in Prague’s Old Town Square while the towers or spires of the church can be seen from most everywhere in Prague. The church was renovated between the years 1975 through 1993 and is now structurally sound and in good condition.

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3)Old Jewish cemetery

A very popular tourist attraction in Prague is one of Europe’s oldest Jewish cemeteries. It is located the Josefov, the Jewish Quarter, one block away from the famous Old-New Synagogue and holds around 12,000 visible tombstones in a small yard which are only a small part out of the thousands of graves buried below.

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4)The Charles bridge

Once the most important bridge for commerce, the Charles Bridge in Prague is still very important, but now it is primarily significant for tourism. This beautiful cobblestone bridge is lined with intricate statues and lamp posts on either side. It crosses the river Vltava to the Prague Castle, and was named for King Charles IV who commissioned its building. The view from this bridge of both the city skyline and the river below it are stunning.

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5)Prague Castle

On a hilltop west of the Vltava River, resided what is perceived by many as Prague’s number one tourist attraction – the Prague Castle. It is actually a huge complex of buildings connected by internal courtyards and built throughout the last 1000 years.
An exploration of the castle can take anything between half a day and a full day, depending on how well you want to explore it. The main sights within the Castle are St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Royal Palace, the Powder Tower, and of course the Golden Lane in which Frantz Kafka used to live for a while.
IMG_03036) Frank Kafka Museum

A museum in Malá Strana (Lesser Town), Prague which is dedicated the work of this great Jewish author. Frantz Kafka was born here and although he actually wrote in German he did spend most of his life here and it is Prague that symbolizes best of all cities his unique attitude towards life.

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7)Wenceslas Square

Situated in the middle of Prague, this square is known for celebrations, public gatherings and shopping. It is just a few minutes walk from the old town square. In the past the place was a Horse market, later it became the center of business and cultural activities. It got its name after the Saint Wenceslas, who was a saint of Bohemia. The Wenceslas Square is a renowned world heritage site, which attracts millions of tourists every year.

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8)National Museum

The National Museum is on the south east corner of Wenceslas Square, in a neo-renaissance building built in the late 1880s.  The museum keeps a permanent collection of natural scientific and historical collections related to the Czech Republic.

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9)Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill offers stunning sights, gorgeous gardens and some fun attractions like the miniature Eiffel Tower. Petrine Hill is located at the center of Prague and rises about 130m above the Vltava River’s left bank. The hill is covered with numerous parks, which is considered as the most favorite recreational area for Prague’s inhabitants.

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10)St Vitus cathedral

While in Prague, one of the must-see sites is the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral originally called St Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral. The cathedral is located on the hilltop overlooking the city within the Prague Castle Complex. The complex itself is like a small town with a number of exquisite buildings, gardens and courtyards. The palace complex is the oldest in the world and was established in 880 and took 700 years to complete. The grand cathedral was where royals had their weddings, christenings and burials and until 1836 the Kings of Bohemia were coronated here.

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Welcome to the Travel Gypsee Blog

Hi!  I’m Sue and I love to travel.  You might say I have a gypsy soul.  I also enjoy writing and sharing my experiences.

I’ve used other travel blog sites in the past.  This time I decided to create my own blog so I can post and edit as I choose.

 I’m planning a few trips this year, and my plan is to share my adventures in words and photos.  My passions are travel and photography and I hope to blend those two passions here on the pages of the Travel Gypsee blog.

I’m spelling GYPSEE differently with the accent on the SEE.  That’s what I’ll be doing; SEEing new places while I travel.  I hope I can keep your interest and perhaps kindle a desire to travel in you as well.

My first adventure begins in just over a month.  I’ll soon be doing a preview of the places I’m going.  I always say any trip/vacation has three parts:

1) the anticipation

2) the actual trip

3) the memories

The anticipation is building for my first trip of 2017.  Please stay tuned.

Danube Dreams

Next month I’m lucky to be taking my first trip of  year.  I’ll be traveling with a group of 18 which will make it extra fun.  I will be taking a river cruise on the Danube River.  I’m very excited as I’ll be seeing several places I’ve never visited before.

The first two nights will be in Prague, Czech Republic at the Intercontinental Hotel.  Even though Prague is not located on the Danube, our visit there is included with the tour.  After our two nights in Prague, we will be take a motor coach to Passau, Germany. There we will board The Avalon Panorama for our eastbound Danube River cruise.

The Danube is Europe’s second-longest river.  It is 1,775 miles long and up to nearly one mile wide.  It’s banks touch 10 countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine and 4 capitals.  That alone has made the Danube a vital transportation route for over 2,000 years.

What am I looking forward to on this, my very first river cruise? Here is a short list:

 –  scenic beauty as we cruise through gorgeous landscapes and fairy tale cities

– visits to iconic cities such as Vienna, Budapest and Passau

excursions to World Heritage sites

– evening concerts

– opportunities for biking

– taking tons of photos

– great fun with friends both old and new

I hope you will be following along with me next month.