Turkey and Prague Thanksgiving Trip – 3rd Day in Prague

On Monday after breakfast Tommy, mom and I walked to the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square. We had to be there at 11am sharp – we were participating in a complimentary 4-hour walking tour around Prague that our airport car service provided to customers.

Even though the temperature was definitely colder on this day and we knew we’d be walking a lot, the walking tour was the perfect way to see the entire city as an overview. As you can imagine we covered a lot of ground!

It was during this tour that we did see the little figurines come out of the Astronomical Clock at 11am on the dot. The clock is a medieval clock that was first installed in 1410, making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

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After seeing the top of the hour “show” (it lasted for all of 5 seconds) we proceeded to St. Nicholas Church and the Old Jewish Quarter.

We had an hour lunch break built into the tour and the three of us happened to stumble upon this cute and delicious Italian restaurant, La Bottega Di Finestra.

My yummy bolognese dish!

My yummy Bolognese dish!

After lunch we rejoined our tour and took a walk across the Charles Bridge to the area considered Old Town Prague.

View from the Charles Bridge.

View from the Charles Bridge.

Love Locks on the Charles Bridge.

Love Locks on the Charles Bridge.

Old Town Prague.

Old Town Prague.

There was a John Lennon Wall near Old Town Prague.

104 103We continued walking and eventually made our way to the Prague Castle.

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Our view walking up towards the Prague Castle. You can see the entrance to the American Embassy in the distance.

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A slightly closer view.

St. Vitus Cathedral in the Prague Castle. The largest cathedral in Prague and you may remember the cathedral that St. Barbara's Cathedral in Kutna Hora was modeled after.

St. Vitus Cathedral in the Prague Castle. The largest cathedral in Prague and you may remember the cathedral that St. Barbara’s Cathedral in Kutna Hora was modeled after.

Pretty soon it began to rain pretty steadily after we had taken a tour of St. Vitus Cathedral so Tommy, mom and I decided to part ways with our tour group and tour guide. The tour was coming to a close anyway.

We decided to walk all the way back to our hotel (probably an hour or so walk) so we could stop at some other sites along the way. The two most important being a charming little coffee shop that sold tea and small desserts and had a cute sitting room (which we took advantage of to let some of the rain pass) and we went to the Church of Our Lady Victorious that had the statue of the Infant Jesus. Many visitors and tourists alike come to this statue for blessings. It is thought that saying a prayer in front of the statue brings healthful blessings to expectant mothers. Of course we thought the timing was very apropos for us to visit the statue. 🙂

Once we had finally made it back to our hotel we dried off, showered and rested a bit before heading out for a late dinner at Pizza Nuevo. Since it was still raining then we opted for something very close to the hotel. Similar to the Italian restaurant we had found for lunch this restaurant proved to be a good choice as well. Between the three of us we split a pizza and an arugula salad.

What a fun, full day!

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