Day 17 – 10/9/12 – Prague

Today was the last day of our cruise trip. We return to sunny California on Wednesday.

We woke up at the civilized hour of 8:30am, went downstairs to the breakfast restaurant, met up with Ted Maag and Jim and Peggy Gill, and started the day.

The Gills and we hopped a taxi from the Hilton hotel to the National Museum (closed) and strolled down Wencislaus square. The square is some 790 meters long and about 50 meters wide. It has been the site of most of the Czeck celebrations (“liberation” from the the Nazis in 1945 and liberation from the Communists in 1989) and demonstrations (the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution both took place beginning in the square).

The square was filled with people, sunning themselves, reading, walking, smoking, talking, or just having a grand ‘ole time. Buildings on the sides of the square were of nearly every architecture type in Europe. Some of the buildings are shown in the slide show below. From the square, we ambled on to a flea market where we had a good time window shopping. Then, we went to the old town square in Old Town and ran into Ted and Mary Maag having lunch at one of the sidewalk bistros. We got a table and had an excellent pizza and two Pilsner Urquell beers. Yummy.

From the Old Town Square, we continued our stroll towards and over the Charles Bridge to the New Town section of Prague where we proceeded to get lost wandering around looking for the pick-up point of the sightseeing bus. We finally found the right place, got on the bus, and rode it back to the hotel where I am now posting this, the last blog post from Prague.

Here are a few photos of the day.


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