I heart Prague


First, sorry it has been so long since I last wrote.  Last week was a whirlwind: my parents left, work was very busy, a funeral and a wedding, but more about all those later.  There is so much to write about too, so I didn’t even know where to start, so I am starting chronologically.

As I have mentioned before, we took a trip to Prague with my parents.  One of the great things about Israel is its central location, in a few hours you can be in Europe.  Let me just tell you, Prague is AMAZING!!!  I have not been anywhere else in Europe, except Kiev, so maybe it’s just like anywhere else.  However, I have heard from many people who have traveled all over Europe that Prague is one of the prettiest cities in Europe.  Prague was not destroyed during World War II, so all the old buildings remain.  The city is over 1,000 years old, so you can imagine how much there is to see.   Every building has it’s own unique architecture.  You can walk for days and days without putting your camera away for a second.  There are numerous castles, bridges, cathedrals, and clock towers all over the city.  I miss being there just by writing this post.  As you can imagine we certainly did our share of walking around.

We went to the Jewish Quarter, formerly the Jewish Ghetto.  Jews were ordered out of Prague in 1096, and were settled in a walled ghetto.  Now the area is completely surrounded by the old city.  There are 6 synagogues, an old cemetery and an Old Town Hall.  My mom and I bought a ticket to all and walked around all afternoon.  It was very interesting.  Another thing worth mentioning is that Nazi’s preserved the Jewish Quarter as an “exotic museum of the “extinct race”.  The Nazi’s collected Jewish artifacts from all over Europe to display in the Jewish Quarter.

We also went to see a classical music string concert in a cathedral and a ballet/contemporary dance.  I really enjoyed the concert.  The ballet was not great, but with $3 ticket I can’t complain.  We saw a ballet in Kiev and the one in Prague was not in the same league.  We took 2 trips out of Prague to see castles in the country and to Karlovy Vary, but that’s for the next post.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

View of the Prague Castle, the biggest in Europe.

Old City Square

View of the city

We also went to the Jewish Quarter, formerly the Jewish Ghetto.  Jews were ordered out of Prague in 1096, and were settled in a walled ghetto.  Now the area is completely surrounded by the old city.  There are 6 synagogues, an old cemetery and an Old Town Hall.  My mom and I bought a ticket to all and walked around all afternoon.  It was very interesting.  Another thing worth mentioning is that Nazi’s preserved the Jewish Quarter as an “exotic museum of the “extinct race”.  The Nazi’s collected Jewish artifacts from all over Europe to display in the Jewish Quarter.

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