The stuff of fairytales.
20.05.2013 - 20.05.2013 19 °C
We've had to make the most of today as this is it for us in Prague - we leave tomorrow morning. We caught the 22 Tram and were taken up to the top of the hill on the west side of the Vltava River - to the medieval Prague Castle that had it's origins in the 9th Century. In the grounds of the Castle is St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, a monastery, palaces, gardens and defense towers.
We spent nearly 7 hours here - it was an enlightening step back in time. The churches and castle have undergone many renovations in their history and have been ravaged by at least three fires over the last 1,000 years. St. Vitus Cathedral in particular is spectacularly beautiful - I don't think I have ever seen such exquisite lead light windows. The remains of numerous members of royal families and St. Wenceslas himself are lying within the Cathedral.
At around 4.30pm we made our way back to our apartment and started to pack up and get ready for an early getaway tomorrow morning. Being our last night in Prague, we decided to go out for dinner and see Prague after dark - without the rain. We had a traditional Czech meal just off Wenceslas Square and afterwards went for a walk to the Old Town Square. There were people everywhere, alot of them waiting to see the Astronomical Clock strike 10. The site of floodlit medieval buildings in the Square (in particular the gothic Tyn Church) was just stunning, unforgettable - indeed the stuff of fairytales.