Prague

Prague is the capital of Czech Republic. It has only been 20 years since Czechoslowakia split into Czech Republic and Slowakia. The country does not have the strongest economy and Shristi and I were surprised that when we exchange $50 AUD we received 1,000 Kc. We spent the next 20 minutes making jokes about how rich we were.

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We were very fortunate to be able to stay with family-friends while in Prague. My friend Misa and I grew up together as our parents met in English class when they first moved to Australia. They however moved back to the Czech Republic when Misa and I were 8. We have only seen each other once since then.

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It was lovely to catch up and not only were we lucky to stay in an actual home with proper beds, we were spoilt rotten with amazing home cooked dinners each night!

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We visited Josefov, which is the site of the former Jewish ghetto. Here you can visit the Synagogues and cemetery which form the Jewish museum.

The Jewish Cemetery holds more than 12,000 tombstones. Many more Jews than that however are buried here since the city authorities insisted Jews only be interred here until 1787.

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The weather took a dramatic turn when we arrived in Prague. It was freezing cold and there was no sun. At least on our second day here, there was no rain so we could still enjoy strolls around town.

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The Astronomical Clock Tower was built in 1490 by a master Clockmaker named Hanus. It is situated in Staromestska at the Old Town Square. There were wedding photos being taken under the clock. Prague makes you feel like your living in a fairytale so I’m sure they both had a magical day.

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Also by the square you will find the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Church of St Nicholas and the Old Town Hall Tower.

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We climbed to the top of the tower and could see Prague from above. It was the first time we encountered a view point which had an elevator! Even though we took the lift up though, we still did our duty and walked back down on the ramp.

The square is bustling with tourists and a range of buskers. We were approached by a tour group advertising Segway’s and they offered us an opportunity to give them a go. Surprisingly they are much easier than they look. I had a bit of a problem figuring how to get the thing to stop though.

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As we roamed further into the city along the narrow cobblestone streets, we encountered many souvenir shops with Babushka Dolls and then stumbled into the Torture museum. We saw one of these in Amsterdam too so thought we would see what it was. It actually was pretty interesting as it went through the history of methods of torture. The entire experience was underground, which added much fright to the experience.

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When the weather isn’t great, other than visiting museums, I guess the only thing to do is shop! We spent a little time at Wenceslas Square. At the top of the street is a museum and all the way down the lane there are shops and cafés to enjoy!

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