Okay, time to get back on track with my fall break adventures. I already told you about Krakow, so now it's time for Prague!
In all honesty, Prague didn't live up to my expectations. Yes, it was beautiful, but it was smaller than I imagined, didn't have as many cultural excursions as I would have liked, and was freezing--much colder than everywhere else! I made the most out of my time there, but I'm not sure if I'd return. Still, I really enjoyed myself!
Walking through Old Town Square (top left and top right) is so beautiful, especially at night when there are fireworks. While you're there, make sure to pop into St. Nicholas Church (top center)--the exterior was under construction while we were there, but once I walked in, it was one of the most beautiful churches into which I've ever stepped foot.
Visiting the famed Jewish Museum was very important to me, so after spending some time with Dalí, Mucha, and Warhol, I set aside a few hours to see the Jewish quarter. The Jewish Museum isn't really a museum, but rather an area with different synagogues and buildings to which your museum ticket grants you access. Stops include the Old-New Synagogue (center left), the Spanish Synagogue, religious exhibits, and the Old Jewish Cemetery (center). The Old Jewish Cemetery is known for its layers of graves. When the cemetery ran out of space, they started burying people on top of each other. There are as many as 11 layers of graves, and the number of burials is unknown. Another chilling fact: Hitler chose not to destroy these sites because he wanted a museum to show "how disgusting" the "extinct" race was. Terrifying.
On a lighter note, we happened to pop into a theater just in time to get 7 € tickets to Le nozze di Figaro (center right)! It was my first opera and I was awestruck.
I also wandered around the Prague Castle complex (bottom three). I saw the panoramic view of the city, stumbled upon the Toy Museum (the Barbie collection was insane!), and awkwardly stared at the guards keeping straight faces.
We didn't spend the entire time in Prague, though--we did a day trip to Kutná Hora, about an hour away by train! The Sedlec Ossuary (top two) was the highlight of that trip. It's a chapel whose decorations are made of the bones of tens of thousands of people, making it equally beautiful and macabre. We also stopped by St. Barbara's Church (bottom left), also known as the church of the silver miners, and got a great view of the city while walking back to the train station (bottom right).
So while I didn't fall head over heels for Praha, the city is so full of history that it was hard not to appreciate. It seems like I'm the only one who's ambivalent about Prague, though. For those of you who have been there, what are your thoughts? Let me know!