Saturday, December 27, 2014

Prague, Part Two

Back again with more from Prague! If you're the type of person who hates reading about all of the awesome vacations your friends go on while you're stuck at home doing dishes (and let's face it, we're all a little bit like that), then skip this post, because it isn't for you. It's for ME, to remember our little adventure, years hence. It also gives me one more place to store my photos. Ever since the Great "My iMac Deleted All of My Photos" Debacle of 2013, I like to put my favorite photos somewhere other than iPhoto, because iPhoto is evil.

So, without further ado: The Charles Bridge. One of the most beautiful spaces in all of Prague. Which explains why every tourist in the Czech Republic converged upon the place at the same time as we did, despite the fact that it was about 100 degrees below zero that morning.

My kids are like a walking Land's End catalog.

One of the many statues for which the bridge is famous. Those specks are birds, not a dirty camera lens.

Walking across the bridge, we lost S and his friend N in the crowd. Which wouldn't be a problem, except that my ONE GOAL for the morning was to take a family photo on that bridge, but 1/6 of the family had gone missing within the first 5 minutes on the bridge, and at least one other person was beginning to whine about the cold already. (In my defense, though, it was pretty cold.)

At the end of the bridge. Who are all of these people and why are they ruining my vacation photos???

It's okay, though. It was well worth fighting the crowds, because on the other side of that archway we found a Starbucks. With restrooms. And central heating. Because did I mention it was freaking cold?

Another bridge statue. They started work on this bridge in the 1300s. Amazing. 

Finally found the boys and got that family photo on the bridge.
Back in Old Town, here's that famous Astronomical Clock.

The Old Town Market at night. We walked through it/stopped in it about 5 times every day on our way somewhere.  Hot chocolate and trdelnik everywhere. So good.

No idea what this is, but it was right by our hotel, so we walked through it every day.

The Old Jewish Cemetery. Very cool and very creepy. The girls hated it, but not as much as they hated the attached museum. Don't take your kids there unless they are old enough to understand and process big ideas like the Holocaust, because let me tell you, it is not easy to explain to an 8-year-old girl that yes, all of the kids who drew these pictures we are looking at were later killed by the Nazis. Also, as Mrs. GlobeHopper pointed out on her blog, there is very little explanation available on the walls, so invest in the audio guide if you want to understand what happened there.

Another view inside the cemetery.
Totally haunted. Has to be.

Back outside again.

...and back to shopping.

Giant bubbles. Much more fun than cemeteries.

The Segway workers offered the kids free rides. They loved it.

One last family photo on our last morning in Prague. I already want to go back.


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