erynn: Gaelic merman image (Mercurius from Harmonia Macrocosmica)
We spent so much time at Prague Castle (the "short" tour of only four of the locations) that we didn't get to the alchemy museum today. It won't happen because we just don't have enough time in town, but I can't in the least even imply that I missed anything by missing it, because I could have spent hours more at the castle. My feet hurt like crazy, but it was so very worth it. I took a ton of photos and hope that some of them come out. The lighting in places was at angles that made it nearly impossible to get a proper shot of some things that I wanted. I do think I got some really good gargoyle photos from the outside of St Vitus's Cathedral.

We bought a ticket for the Old Royal Palace (couldn't take photos inside because we didn't realize we needed to pay another 50 Ckr for the privilege), St George's Bascilica, St Vitus's Cathedral, and Golden Lane (where Kafka once lived). My dear but somewhat jaded sib was pretty impressed by St Vitus's. I was just plain overwhelmed. There was so much there that it would be impossible to actually see everything in less than a week, if one has a sense of art in even one cell in their body.

For a bit it looked like it might rain, but it simply stayed overcast for a while. It was hot and stuffy inside the Old Royal Palace, but there wasn't much ventilation. The other areas were all much more moderate. We came in through the gardens at the Royal Summer Palace, which was being restored, and walked along the garden above the Orangery, entering via the bridge over the moat. This isn't one you can actually see water in - it's a ravine that probably had water in it at one point but now is apparently largely public gardens. The entry led us into a huge courtyard, but we stopped immediately to buy tickets for the short tour. Four of the seven sites you have to pay to enter are on that ticket.

A lot of the buildings were in various states of restoration, both inside and out, but it was all just incredible to see. Everything from the medieval to the modern could be found there. The cathedral has a glass window painted by Mucha amid the huge collection of stained glass. St George's Bascilica feels a lot older and more simple inside (I haven't looked at dates and all), but is still quite impressive in its own way. I'm finding myself at a loss for words to describe all this and only hope that my photos will do it some small justice.

By the time we got out of there, it was about 4:30pm, and we weren't sure of the actual location of the alchemy museum (insufficient research had been done the night before) and figured by the time we found it (assuming we could with minimal information and lack of net access) it would likely be closed anyway. And besides, my feet hurt way too much to walk very much further.

This morning, we got a lovely start. The sib met us here and we had breakfast at the Cukarna Alchymista, a little cafe down the street from [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands's place. They have the most spiffy tea and coffee cups ever, and I've bought a lovely cup and saucer from them, while the sib got two little espresso cups with their saucers. I'll have photos of the one I got sometime soon. The cafe had its own little central courtyard garden and came equipped with a black cat strolling about; he probably owned the place.

Plans have been made for tomorrow. I'm too tired to really write more right now. Not only did I have an immensely long day on my feet, but I woke up this morning at 4:30am and was completely unable to get back to sleep. I'm hoping I'll sleep okay tonight. Tomorrow we'll be out of here at about 10am for Kutna Hora, a small town outside of Prague famous for its silver mine and its alchemical connections.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Mercurius from Harmonia Macrocosmica)
We spent so much time at Prague Castle (the "short" tour of only four of the locations) that we didn't get to the alchemy museum today. It won't happen because we just don't have enough time in town, but I can't in the least even imply that I missed anything by missing it, because I could have spent hours more at the castle. My feet hurt like crazy, but it was so very worth it. I took a ton of photos and hope that some of them come out. The lighting in places was at angles that made it nearly impossible to get a proper shot of some things that I wanted. I do think I got some really good gargoyle photos from the outside of St Vitus's Cathedral.

We bought a ticket for the Old Royal Palace (couldn't take photos inside because we didn't realize we needed to pay another 50 Ckr for the privilege), St George's Bascilica, St Vitus's Cathedral, and Golden Lane (where Kafka once lived). My dear but somewhat jaded sib was pretty impressed by St Vitus's. I was just plain overwhelmed. There was so much there that it would be impossible to actually see everything in less than a week, if one has a sense of art in even one cell in their body.

For a bit it looked like it might rain, but it simply stayed overcast for a while. It was hot and stuffy inside the Old Royal Palace, but there wasn't much ventilation. The other areas were all much more moderate. We came in through the gardens at the Royal Summer Palace, which was being restored, and walked along the garden above the Orangery, entering via the bridge over the moat. This isn't one you can actually see water in - it's a ravine that probably had water in it at one point but now is apparently largely public gardens. The entry led us into a huge courtyard, but we stopped immediately to buy tickets for the short tour. Four of the seven sites you have to pay to enter are on that ticket.

A lot of the buildings were in various states of restoration, both inside and out, but it was all just incredible to see. Everything from the medieval to the modern could be found there. The cathedral has a glass window painted by Mucha amid the huge collection of stained glass. St George's Bascilica feels a lot older and more simple inside (I haven't looked at dates and all), but is still quite impressive in its own way. I'm finding myself at a loss for words to describe all this and only hope that my photos will do it some small justice.

By the time we got out of there, it was about 4:30pm, and we weren't sure of the actual location of the alchemy museum (insufficient research had been done the night before) and figured by the time we found it (assuming we could with minimal information and lack of net access) it would likely be closed anyway. And besides, my feet hurt way too much to walk very much further.

This morning, we got a lovely start. The sib met us here and we had breakfast at the Cukarna Alchymista, a little cafe down the street from [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands's place. They have the most spiffy tea and coffee cups ever, and I've bought a lovely cup and saucer from them, while the sib got two little espresso cups with their saucers. I'll have photos of the one I got sometime soon. The cafe had its own little central courtyard garden and came equipped with a black cat strolling about; he probably owned the place.

Plans have been made for tomorrow. I'm too tired to really write more right now. Not only did I have an immensely long day on my feet, but I woke up this morning at 4:30am and was completely unable to get back to sleep. I'm hoping I'll sleep okay tonight. Tomorrow we'll be out of here at about 10am for Kutna Hora, a small town outside of Prague famous for its silver mine and its alchemical connections.

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