Bruce the Wandering Whale in Prague: day two

Spotted this at the beginning of our second day’s adventure – very true!

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Today was bookmarked for a wander on the other side of the river – the Old Town, so first things first, we had to cross the Charles Bridge. This is best done early – before 10AM – as it gets very busy with tourists later on.

Despite being an Orca, Bruce is somewhat dwarfed by the statue on Charles Bridge of St Wenceslas. He is also a King, posthumously of surveying the snow that lay roundabout, deep and crisp and even…

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First stop was the Astronomical Clock in the Main Square – we arrived just before 10AM and the place was heaving with tourists. The clock stuck the hour and went into musical mode which of course got a huge cheer from the crowd, despite the fact that this is what the clock is supposed to do every hour!

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We then wandered (this is a theme for today) up to Wenceslas Square to see the huge statue of the Patron Saint of Czech

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It had been a long walk in the heat up to the statue, so Bruce suggested that my daughter might like to go shopping (in an air-conditioned shop). He’s a cunning one, that Bruce!!

When everyone had cooled down a bit (and my daughter had assisted the Prague economy, like a good tourist), we found an open air market (in the shade) selling knick-knacks, souvenirs and fresh fruit and veg. Bruce didn’t seem keen, but I had tried some last time I was in Prague, and insisted we buy some orange raspberries

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The orange ones are more tart than the red, but tasty nonetheless, especially in conjunction with the red ones!

We then wandered back to the Main Square, and booked a tour beneath the city. Fascinating to hear how many cellars were once the entry level to a building…

When the tour finished we wandered down to the Jewish Quarter saw the synagogue and the Cemetery but were getting pretty tired and footsore/flukesore (and somewhat melted from the 30 degree heat). So we did what any good Kiwi boy has at the forefront of his mind when travelling: we found a bar and quenched our thirsts.

Boy, Bruce was thirsty!!! Lucky the beer is so cheap!

We then made our way, somewhat unsteadily in one case, back to the hotel to rest our weary feet (and flukes).

  • MaryLou

    Really quite jealous – I’m less well-travelled than a fish! Keep up with the travel diary – am loving the commentary and pictures

    • Duchess of Pork

      Well I think that Bruce hasn’t really lived until he’s experienced a Girls Weekend Away. Maybe we should organise a shopping trip to Melbourne.

      • MaryLou

        Oooh – I’m in!

  • johcar

    There are statues St Wenceslas everywhere in Czech – he is the patron saint of the country, despite only about 25% of Czechs being religious.

    But of course, in the “good old days” being religious was not a choice!

    Then the communists came and virtually stamped religion out completely, leaving statues, beautiful churches and roadside shrines everywhere, many in a sad state of repair.

    Fortunately, the Czechs are a practical people and can see a tourist dollar benefit in their restoration.

  • Duchess of Pork

    I always reflect when wandering around beautiful cities such as Prague and Krakow how fortunate they were to escape the WW2 bombing that decimated neighbouring Warsaw, Dresden et al. You have a very fluid writing style which makes for an enjoyable read. Looking forward to more updates.

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