Prague is a city that just doesn’t make sense, almost completely physically unscathed by World War 2 and its soviet occupation and totally mind-blowingly beautiful, yet completely oppressed for so much of the last century. It is a town that has seen and felt so much horror and yet stands tall with not even a scratch.
The more I learn about Prague… the more surprising it is. Today we have seen an astronomical clock, which was first installed 1410… way before Australia had become the country of Australia… see what I did there? That’s no. 9 off the list… smooth ey? We explored the clock tower and an Apple Museum… not the eating kind of apples the other kind. Watched the changing of the Prague castle guard with its epic fanfare trumpets. Shot a crossbow… and learnt that I would die if I was reliant on my crossbow skills for anything… it is not a skill I possess. Learnt all about communism in a fairly biased communism museum and explored the Jewish Quarter. Which had been singled out by Hitler to be preserved as a museum of it’s own to the ‘extinct race’, thankfully it has not served it’s purpose entirely. In the quarter, there was the most incredible ancient cemetery, another weird fascination of mine, where generations of Jewish people were buried and the tombstones crowded each other out and were built on one on top of the other. According to the audio guide the graves were 10 layers deep… you can decide what that actually means.
While we were in Prague we were also introduced to Trdlo… a delicious pastry hybrid… recommended both with and without nutella. As we were told before we got there… and now fully agree with…
“If you don’t like prague…. there is something seriously wrong with you”