Our area of town is known as Old Town and is full of labyrinthine streets (five roads often meet at one corner). It is a perfect place to hire a guide. We found wonderful Lea through Accessible Prague (I have a pain disorder) and I was so happy to rent a scooter (not the motorcycle type!). I took to it right away because it drives just like the carts in Target! The weather has ranged from grey to drippy to mildly rainy but we are still a happy crew. See me in the lower left hand corner?
Jud found this lovely piece of sculpture and took the time for a photo opportunity. See the sun on the top? I think it might be God's Chair. He sure looks young and happy, doesn't he?
So many of the doors have stone carvings above them. Can you imagine the time it would have taken to carve this? Add to this, the fact that they are centuries old. This sculpture has many angels and cherubs, some of them holding gold trumpets. The doors are huge and often carved. This one is quite typical, carved out of a beautiful dark wood.
This is the church of Jakuba, the Cathedral of St. James. As you walk into the church, you look up and see the Stations of the Cross, which are painted along the full length of the church. Amazing! Many of the statues are of Mary ( as opposed to Jesus) who is very much revered by Catholics. Crosses often have huge golden star bursts behind them, as does Jesus and other saints. However, according to our guide, Lea, Czechoslovakia is considered one of the most nonreligious countries in the world.
This is a better picture of Lea (pronounced like Princess Laia. I need these memory aids to help me!) She is lovely and just the age of Kat. I look a little the worse for wear but I don't care because no one knows me! Ah, the joys of travel!
I will check in again tomorrow with another episode of "The Reaneys go to Prague." We are having a great time, despite rain and dreary weather. Prague has quickly become one of my favorite cities.
And now for a nap!