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The Defenestration of Prague

I woke up this morning only slightly later than my normal time, so even after getting ready and dressed, almost nothing was open when I left to go explore.

First, I walked around the Jewish town and saw the outsides of the various synagogues. They looked interesting, but without knowing the story behind them, it was just some cool architecture. I'd like to come back when they're open and see the insides.

Then, I crossed the river and headed to the castle. I asked the guards at the front gate if they were the kind who weren't allowed to talk, and didn't get a response. I said, "I'll take that as a no." What I would have liked to ask them is where to go to see the spot of the famous defenestration of Prague. Instead, I just walked in and wandered around, hoping that I'd find a sign or somebody who knew. Inside the walls, it's basically a small town. There are a few shops and restaurants as well as a cathedral, some museums, and other buildings. That early in the morning, it was very empty and I had the place mostly to myself and the occasional other tourist. Despite there being nobody there, they still do the whole hourly changing of the guards ceremony thing. I basically got my own, personal guard changing ceremony. It was pretty cool. Even with nothign open, it still took me hours to walk around the grounds and see what there was to see. By the end though, there were a few more people around, including one who could point me in the direction of the defenestration window. For those who need directions, basically you stand in front of the cathedral and look left. On my way out, one of the shops was finally opening up, so I got a cup of mulled hot wine. Probably, this wasn't too brilliant because I hadn't really had breakfast yet and while the alcohol mostly cooks out, this wine hadn't been there long enough for it to do so. Also, I had never had it before (which is why I bought it), and didn't really like it. Probably if I added a bunch of sugar packets it would have been good, but as I got it, it wasn't that great.

I went back down the hill to the town, and thankfully, the markets were opening up so I could get some real food. Except all the junk food looked so good and I had never had some of it before, so my breakfast ended up being more delicious, bad-for-you food than nutrition. One of the items I got was called "cheese balls," but basically it tasted like donut holes. Another was a heated nutella wafer that was really good.

My breakfast of champions kept me relatively satisfied until I got to the airport and got checked in. There wasn't much to eat past security at the airport- something like 4 different places each with the same 4 menu items, but I managed.

Synagogue

Synagogue


Inside castle grounds

Inside castle grounds


Inside castle grounds

Inside castle grounds


Inside castle grounds

Inside castle grounds


Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard


Inside castle grounds

Inside castle grounds


Defenestration point

Defenestration point

Posted by spsadventures 16:00 Archived in Czech Republic

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