Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rain Doesn't Stop Us!

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!

18 comments:

  1. OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, looks WONDERFUL! Hope you get beautiful weather for the rest of your trip!

    I was just checking in to see if you were going to attend the Junk Bonanza, but looks like you have better things to do. My computer is running very slowly now, it takes me about 10 minutes to even leave a comment, so I have been away from blogging until I get more time.

    Enjoy your wonderful trip in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Soak it all up for me, ok?
    Take care,
    Kate

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  2. The churches are stunning, if unused, aren't they?
    Enjoy!
    xo
    lynn

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  3. I see you are enjoying yourself, and I hope you continue to have a wonderful time. I love the architecture.

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  4. Oh, it's all so gorgeous! So glad you're sharing your journey to Prague with us! Love the ornate carvings--everything centuries-old is so interesting to me!

    Enjoy the day!

    Julie

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  5. I love that you are updating your blog over there! Fantastic pictures! Take it easy!

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  6. Oh how wonderful to see Prague through your travels. It is one of the many places I have on my wish list to visit. Happy and Safe Travels...

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  7. It all looks lovely....the church is very ornate! I do like your scooter idea!!

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  8. You and Mr. Jud just look like you are having such a wonderful time. I'm happy for you! The sights you are seeing are amazing. I'm sure they are even more wonderful in person. Continue safely on your travels, sweet friend...

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  9. how fun! thanks for your bloggy postcards from prague!

    xo
    elyse

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  10. It's wonderful to see you having such a wonderful time. Keep drinking in all the spectacular beauty and good eats too I hope.

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  11. Oh how lovely! Prague looks like a lot of fun, my wonderful parents! I'll see you tomorrow in Croatia!

    Kat
    p.s. Dad looks like the Laughing Buddha in that chair!

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  12. oh you precious ones ... what beautiful memories you're making
    there really is nothing like travel to open our hearts and minds
    I am enjoying your away posts SO much ... you and DH both look great and so happy in your own special chairs! true adventurers you are!
    oxo

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  13. Looks like you all are having a wonderful time! Have fun, stay safe and enjoy the many sights and sounds around you.

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  14. Oh I can see why it has become one of your favorite citis! How spectacular. What a marvelous description and photos you have given us. Mickey's heart was lightened today. He said forgiveness has changed his life....after 82 years. It is special Jud got to spend time in the Jewish cemetery.
    XO~Hope

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  15. That chair is really cool, but the CATHEDRAL! Oh my. I feel so fortunate that I've been able to travel to Europe and see some of these (but not that one, unfortunately) first hand.

    Thanks for sharing your travels!

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  16. Certainly looks like you are having a splendid time. There was a PBS special filmed in the beautiful cathedral I saw last year, your picture is gorgeous. Congratulations to Kat and safe travels to all of you!

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  17. gorgeous photos!! looks like you having a fairy tale vacation!

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  18. Just gorgeous...interesting fact about CR being so non-religious. Too bad about the weather, but am looking forward to seeing more.

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