|Looking up Wenceslas Square|
|In Old Town Square|
We are just back in our hotel room (5pm) for a break from the heat and for our feet to recoup a bit... I have a nasty bug bite on my left foot from 3 or 4 days ago and it's swollen and more red than it was when I left home. All the walking in the heat is not helping so I've just taken a Benadryl to see if that will help. Feet elevated for an hour or two might help too, I'm hoping...
A decent sleep last night made a world of difference and we are both feeling more energetic today. After a late start (we really needed
|In Old Town Square looking towards Church of Our Lady before Tyn|
|The Astronomical Clock|
two windows at the top open and the 12 apostles parade by, each nodding their head at the onlookers. The rooster crows and then the hour is rung. To indicate the times of sunrise and sunset, arcing lines and moving spheres combine with the big hand (golden sun) and the little hand (the silver "moon" that spins to indicate its phase.)"
All quite amazing, considering this is from the late 1400's!!! Tom told us the lower circle simply displays the signs of the zodiac (with the Old Town Prague crest in the centre) but I was interested in the writing around the circle. He said these are the days of the year with the corresponding names of the saints. Couples having children in the Czech Republic can only name their children using these names (or request special permission for use of another name).
This is only one story from all we learned today.. so you see I cannot possibly "tell all" from Prague - much will have to wait til I get home where things will go much faster.
But just a few more highlights to mention- we saw 7 newly married couples today- from the first pair emerging through a cloud of thrown rose petals at Old Town Hall to the last couple strolling hand in hand across Charles Bridge tonight- she was carrying her silver shoes and wearing flipflops, still in her white dress, he in a Tux and between them in their clasped hands- a plastic bag full of beer!!!
We are both falling in love with Prague. After only 1.5 days, we know our way around and feel comfortable. It is indeed a beautiful city. Most striking to me is the incredibly diverse architectural styles - Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Nouveau - it's all here. Everywhere you look. Amazing. I no longer have ANY worries about filling my time...
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.