So I had some computer troubles but here is my post from yesterday finally! Yesterday our scrimmage and the boy’s baseball game got cancelled since it hasn’t stopped raining since we got here. So instead we slept in a little then got some breakfast. In the US, we have the typical bacon and sausage links for breakfast, but it is common to serve slices of salami, ham, salmon, and sausages for breakfast in Germany and Czech. We took a trip into downtown Prague into the city centre, Centrum Chodov, by bus and the underground subway system. We ended up in the Old Town Square in Prague. The square was beautiful and the streets were all cobble stone. How some of those ladies walk about with heels on it is beyond me! Here is a picture of some of us in the square.
The first thing we did was watch up the tower on which the Astronomical Clock was. The clock tells 3 different times, shows jobs done in each month of the year, and has a little show at the top of the clock every hour.
This is the view of the square from the top of the tower. We could see everything for miles! Around the top there were markers telling about the landmark out in the distance. Some distances where too far in the distance so I won’t put them on here but they included: the Main Railway Station, Lesser Town Bridge Towers (Malostranske mostecke veze), Petrin View Tower (Petrinska rozhledna), National Theatre (Narodni divadlo), New Town Hall (Novomestska radnice), and St. Vitus, Vacav and Vojtech (katedrala svateho Vita, Vaclava a Vojtecha). Here are a few pictures of the view and some landmarks I saw.
Powder Tower (Prasna brana)
Church of Our Lady before Tyn (Kostel Matky Bozi pred Tynem)
Parizska Street, Metronome — This street was like the Rodeo Drive of Prague. All high end designer shops were located here.
St. Nicholas Church (Chram sv. Mikulase). There were actually 2 St. Nicholas Churches in Prague. One was in the Old Town Square just behind the astronomical clock and the other was on the grounds near the Prague Castle. The first picture is the one in the square. This church is one of the oldest in Old Town. It is mentioned in sources as early as 1273. The second is the one by the castle.
Prague Castle (Praxsky hrad)
While walking through the square we saw a pedicure going on with the fish eating off the dead skin of the man. Lets just say the man probably felt a little awkward as we all took pictures of him.
For lunch I had a little bit of the homemade trdelnik, palacinky, and ham. All of them were delicious and cooked right out in the open of the square.
With the ham, they cut off a big slice and serve it with a few pieces of bread. I don’t usually like ham but I was actually surprised how much I liked this kind!
Here is a picture of the “Wisconsin crew” in the square!
This is the trolley we took up to the Prague Castle. Europeans definitely have a smaller personal space than us. I learned that all too quick on the trolley. Not sure I stand as close to my family and friends as the strangers that stood next to me did!
This is one of the 2 guards that stood watch outside of the castle. We did get one to smirk as he walked off duty!
The Prague Cathedral where all the kings of Prague were ordained and buried. We also learned that Prague was very Catholic in the past but after communism became a majority atheist so 90-95% of the country is unreligious.
This is my Czech snack of beer and a donut! I am a sucker for the bakery items so of course I have to try a Czech donut! It was much better than the ones in America. The ones back home taste so airy, but these are filling and just have so much more substance to them. Freedom Foods donuts be in for some competition!
We did learn if the flag is up on the castle it means the President is home. The flag was up when we toured but no President in sight of course. Even though the castle is used as a tourist attraction, many government officials work there as well.
This is the front gate of the Prague Castle along with the view just outside of the front gate.
Just outside the gate of the castle was this beautiful view!
This back tower behind St. Nicholas Church was used for the Czech officials to spy on the other embassies in the country.
The blue head marks in front of the Lichtenstesnky Palace represent the 27 Lords that were beheaded to avoid an uprising against the country. Each headstone is designed differently for each Lord. There are also 27 white crosses on the stone in the Old Town Square to represent the 27 Lords.
This is a closer picture of one of the 2 towers of the Charles Bridge. Across the bridge we saw beggars extended out on their hands and knees, almost like they were praying, with their hats out.
When we were told that Prague was beautiful, that is an understatement! The city is breathtaking! My photos do not even come close to how magnificent the buildings and scenery is here. We had a little more free time to wander around the city and do some shopping. It was very surprising actually how rude some people were. I had a lady walk directly at me, just like we were playing chicken! Once we came back, we had dinner and got ready to go back out downtown. We went out on a pub crawl and even met some girls from the US National team. We started off at a popular Czech bar, the Drunken Monkey. We went to a bar called Vodka Bar after then ended at a few bars closer to the square. It was different because most of the bars were stone building and in the basement. No pool tables or darts that was for sure! Our group attracted a group of guys from England. They tried teaching us some of their drinking songs. I will be happy to get back home so there is no smoking in buildings. I still love trying as many different kinds of beer and food as I can! We just found out that the games should still be on for today so the plan is that we play at 1530 (everything is in army time here, 3:30). First, we’ll have our team meeting at the hotel then head to the fields.