Prague – Shot of the Day

City View

                                            City View – Prague

299 steps to the top of the Petrin View Tower, and you are rewarded with magnificient views of Prague below.  The tower is a 60 meter high replica of the Eiffel Tower located at the top of Petrin Hill.  It can be reached by funicular or, better yet, a leisurely walk through the beautiful park.

Sedlec Ossuary and Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

_DSC6283About an hour from Prague is the village of Kutna Hora  – Home to the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones.   The Sedlec Ossuary is a small chapel located below the Cemetry Church of All Saints in Sedlec. It is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people.  Many of these have had the bones arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel, including the Swarzenberg Coat of Arms and the signature of Rint. There is also a large chandelier in the center of the room that contains , at least one of, every bone in the human body.

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_DSC6296The Ossuary is open every day except Christmas Day and the entrance fee is nominal..only 90 Czk for adults and 60 czk for students. 

The easiest way to get to Kutna Hora is by train from Prague. Trains leave the main train station in Prague about every 2 hours and takes about an hour to get to the main station in Kutna Hora. You can transfer there to the local train that takes you to Sedlec stop.  

You can stop by the UNESCO listed Cathedral of our Lady as you walk through town to the Ossuary..  Granted, the tour of the Ossuary doesn’t really take that long, but luckily, Kutna Hora is only a short walk or bus ride from the suburb..

In Kutna Hora you can visit a myriad of churches and cathedrals, including the Cathedral of St. Barbara, walk through the colorful streets of the center of the village, stop for lunch or cappucino at a local eatery, or just enjoy the sights of this beautiful gem of a city.

10 Must See Sights in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

    ​1. Cathedral of St. Barbara

    2. Jesuit College

    3. Church of Our Lady Na Nameti

​    4. Cisterncian Monastary with the Cathedral of Assumption of Our 

        Lady (In Sedlec )

    5. Cemetary Chapel with Ossuary (Sedlec Ossuary)

    6. Knight’s House

​    7. Church of St. John of Nepomuk

    8. Stone Fountain

​    9. Italian Court

​  10. St. Jame’s Church

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Prague – Arrival

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Arrival at the airport in Prague was anti-climactic.. If you are looking for stories of long lines, disgruntled passengers and lost luggage, this is not the place.  Everything was wonderful. From luggage retrieval to speedy processing through customs, it could not have gone better..  Maybe because it was Thursday …

I placed an order for an airport transfer from PAT (Prague Airport Transfers) when I first booked the trip so as I entered the greeting area, I was searching for the orange card with my name on it.  Ok.. my driver might have been colorblind because the card was yellow..But he was there.. took my bag and led me to the E-Class Mercedes to take me to my hotel.

City View

City View

During the 1/2 hour trip from the airport. Pavel pointed out the various areas of town and sights that I had to see while I was there.  Monasteries, churches, museums, bridges, statues, parks –  it seemed he knew more sights in Prague than the guide books. I highly recommend their service. It was wonderful and personal and cost less than the average taxi fare with less chance of getting ripped off because you’re a “tourist”.

I chose the Charles Bridge Palace  hotel near the river and the Charles Bridge because of the central location. It was a wonderful choice. The service and front desk were friendly and helpful. The room was heavenly and the breakfast was the best I have had in Europe..Let me clarify that..the best I have had at a hotel in Europe.. The biggest problem was the wifi.. it did not work everywhere in the hotel as promised. I wound up in the hotel lobby to post photos on Facebook.  Of course, I used Booking.com  (the link can be found on my website  Travel with Steve  ) to reserve my room and save a little money off their standard rates.. Follow the link and so can you

Across the River

Across the River

After I unpacked, I got the camera gear and merged into the massive throng of tourists headed to the Charles Bridge.  The Charles Bridge is a landmark historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under during the reign of King Charles IV. It is over 600 m long and almost 10 m wide. It is guarded by 30 statues (15 to a side) and 3 guard towers.

Charles Bridge Statues

Exploring the west side of the river tomorrow..Stay tuned..

Getting Lost in Prague

I am headed to Prague in the Czech Republic. It is only short adventure of 4 days which limits luggage to a carry-on, camera bag and tripod. I have heard about the extraordinary beauty of this city and am excited that I will experience first hand.

Boryspil airport is the starting point, as it has been for most of the trips into Europe. Security and passport control cleared… boarding pass in hand and off to the plane. It is a little strange riding a bus across the tarmac instead of walking from the terminal into the plane. but that’s the way it’s done here, so, as the saying goes, “When in Rome…”

Prague is 2 hours and 10 minutes in the air from Kiev. Enough time to relax, have a nice lunch and look into the exploration of a new city. I usually have a plan and can do my “lightning tour” in 3 days.  Hop-on / Hop-off buses are one of the great ways to take in all the touristy places…the must see stops in a new city.  Of course, they don’t allow you to mix and mingle with locals in the little hidden gems that are often overlooked.

The second and third days and nights are spent wandering, exploring and photographing – Alleyways, side streets and other places off the beaten path in a search for the perfect panoramic city view or nighttime shot. Unusual buildings, windows and doors (my personal favs), and other shots to join my growing Weird Art and Travel Photos collections are mostly found during this time.

There is an excitement in exploration.. in getting lost in a new place… I’m excited so come…

Let’s get lost in Prague.

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