We started out by walking to the Old Town Square, where we were able to go see the astronomical clock/calendar. It is hard to believe that something as complex as this machine was created back in the medieval time period.
Wow what a day it has been. Last night we were able to get our first full night of sleep here in Prague. After getting a solid 8 hours of shut eye, we had a great hotel breakfast consisting of eggs, chicken sausage, porridge, and all types of pastries. After breakfast we started on our activity for the day. Which was a walking city tour. We started out by walking to the Old Town Square, where we were able to go see the astronomical clock/calendar. It is hard to believe that something as complex as this machine was created back in the medieval time period.
After getting to see the astronomical clock we got to then walk to the Charles Bridge. We were lucky enough that our tour guide knew a path that was less traveled than the main road. By not going down the main road we were able to dodge most of the crowd, as well as get to see the current city hall and several other buildings off the beaten path. After getting to the Charles bridge we were able to learn that King Charles was a very superstitious ruler who had this bridge built in 1357 on September 7 starting at 5:31. Indicating that it correlated with 135797531; all odd numbers.
Once we crossed this bridge we were then able to go to lunch. For lunch we had a traditional Czech soup, chicken breast stuffed with spinach, and a delicious berry pastry for dessert. Once lunch was over we went to the Strahov Monastery collection where we learned that the oldest book in their collection was from the 800s. On our way to the library we definitely got a workout, not only did we walk at least a few thousand steps, most of it was uphill. This allowed for us to work off part of our lunch from earlier.
After getting to view the monasteries collection we then went straight to the Prague Castle. This complex of buildings not only holds the St. Vitus Cathedral and the old castle of Prague, but it also holds the presidential mansion where the president of the Czech Republic works. After getting to view all of these things were finally able to return back to the hotel. We were then able to go to dinner on our own.
All in all it has been a long but fun day. My pedometer on my watch said that I have walked over 22,000 steps today, around 15,000 of those being on our tour of the city!