I know everyone at home is snowed in and people are waiting at airports all over the Eastern seaboard and in Europe, but we did make it in to Prague yesterday - on schedule. I think the reason is it's tooooo cccooooolld to snow. It's hovering in the single digits.

FROM THE BOSPHORUS TO THE DANUBE

Dec 27, 2010by tracey Comments

I know everyone at home is snowed in and people are waiting at airports all over the Eastern seaboard and in Europe, but we did make it in to Prague yesterday – on schedule. I think the reason is it’s tooooo cccooooolld to snow. It’s hovering in the single digits.

Here we are somewhere over Prague,  as always very excited to visit a new city.  We had heard many things about Prague, magical was one, fairy tale like, toyish, terrible food, three days are enough, but very special and beautiful.

The Danube.

It is very magical. The buildings are extraordinary and there is an almost Disney looking structure jutting up almost everywhere. And there are lovely squares where all the buildings have been meticulously restored . It is very pretty and very COLD!

View from our room. OK let’s just get the room shot over with now. I don’t know how I ever got on to this. But when I don’t stick them up here I hear about it from my friend Danielle Greene Welch.

The first thing we did when we got here was hit the streets. We only have two and a half days so we want to get everything in.

Once we hit the streets the first thing we did was buy hats.

Then of course we ate and so far I have to say, people were wrong we have eaten very well. This was yesterday’s lunch. The pasta with the meat bits was  a game ragu sauce that was terrific and I’m not a big game eater.

Once we carb – loaded and washed it down with some hearty red wine we went back out to the streets, wandered and I of course took photos of roof tops and  buildings.

This beautiful building is the National Gallery devoted to mid-evil art.  We went in as it was closing but got to see the floors that were open.

No more Mosques. But Lucy now groups Churches with Mosques, which means a struggle.

These are on the Charles Bridge.

CZECHS WHO WERE KILLED IN WORLD WAR II. ( i shouldn’t have this shot but i snuck it)

The city has a rich and tragic Jewish heritage. It also has the most moving Holocaust Museums I have ever seen. The main  Synagogue has three large rooms where the walls are covered with the names of all the Czechs  who perished in World War II. It is as moving as any memorial I have ever seen. There is also one room devoted to the drawings of the children most of whom were killed in 43 and 44.

Tombstones piled on top of each other at The Old Jewish Cemetery it dates back 1439 and the last burial took place in 1787.

The whole experience while moving was very disturbing especially for Lucy, so we let her pick the next stop.

An entire museum devoted to the history of chocolate, with a demonstration and samples.

It did the trick.  We then followed that with the Christmas Fair in the Old Town Square.

It had endless food stalls and shops and all the things one expects of a Christmas Fair.

And it made one little girl very happy.

The Czechs really know how to warm themselves in the freezing weather, most of it having to do with food and drink.  I took my flipcam around to give you an idea.  Warning this video might make you really hungry.