We met Jana after breakfast, and started the day with trivia questions about yesterday’s intro to Prague. Rewards were little chocolate covered cookies that Jana grew up with during her childhood years. 10 questions, 10 winners. We’ll do it again tomorrow.
We then hopped on a tram, connected with another line, and finally arrived at the top of Castle Town. We walked to the monastery where St. Norbert’s statue is found, and down to a panoramic overlook of the city. Jana identified buildings in the distance for us, and gave us history lessons along the way. The architecture was varied, we learned about the graffiti technique (graffiti from the Italian word to scratch) and admired the delicate 3-D facades. As we were heading to the palace, a marching band started to play and parade down to the palace. Police forces kept crowds at bay, the red carpet was swept as the Israeli Prime Minister was scheduled to arrive any moment. Since the castle complex was closed until 1:00 p.m. because of dignitaries, we continued down the other side of the hill, past Embassy row, thru squares and near churches, and stopped by the John Lennon wall, on our way to the St.Charles bridge. After a few history lessons, we headed back up Castle Town, and some of us had lunch at the Lobkowitz palace, while others chose other venues. Some of us headed back to St. Vitus church to admire the Alfons Mucha Art Nouveau stained glass windows (my favorite part of the church visit.) Then everyone disbanded for a free rest of the day. This was easily a 20,000 steps day, which in a way gave us permission to have an extra treat: trdelnik, kolache, strudel... Trdelniks St Vitus cathedral: part of Alfons Mucha’s stained glass