Friday, February 15, 2013

Prague Castle

Today we went to Ikea, which was kind of like trying to walk to the Ikea in Draper, Utah, from the other side of the freeway. Apparently you're supposed to drive to the Prague Ikea and not take the metro. Either that, or there's some amazing underground walkway to it and I just didn't find it. (It's possible.) There's a big mall there, too, (which is easy to walk to,) but we didn't have a lot of time, so we just went to Tesco Extra (I found Prague's Super Target!) and to Ikea, where I bought two small power strips for 69 CZK (about $3.75). Then we had to hurry back to the city center so Jacob and Phin could meet Jon and Zed and go pay for their upcoming Czech lessons that start next week! It's hard to hurry when you're taking public transportation. You really don't have much control over it.

In case you're wondering, the Prague Ikea looks pretty much exactly like every other Ikea I've been to, except maybe with everything just a bit more squished. And since Ikea likes to promote their space-saving prowess, that seems appropriate.

On Wednesday, Jacob, Lillian, Seth, Mira, and I went for a brief walk around Prague Castle. We'll definitely be going back because there's a lot to see and I don't really understand it yet. Apparently, the earliest part dates back to 870 AD. There's a convent and a couple of churches inside it (maybe more?), and then lots of huge, long buildings with many windows. And a place called Golden Lane that is a bunch of shops and houses built into the fortification wall. Like I said, my knowledge of it is pretty sketchy still. But it's really cool and old and there are guards at all the entrances and marching around in groups of three.

Below is the St. Vitus Cathedral. You go through some big tunnels under parts of the castle and abruptly come upon this church, so it's impossible to get a full view of it.

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You can see the spires of this cathedral from all over the city because the castle is up on a hill in the middle of everything.

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More of that later, when we have more time and have done some homework!

And now for something random. Behold this loaf of bread, which seems to be pretty ubiquitous here.

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It's big (over a foot long, I'd say) and really good, the kind you'd find at Broulim's in Driggs for $6 or $7 (but it would be about half the size). It costs 25.90 CZK, about $1.36. I love it!

4 comments:

  1. 870 A.D.!!! That's really amazing. I thought the loaf of bread was a rock at first glance, before reading that it was a loaf of bread. So it's hard for me to think YUM. Now I just think OUCH. haha

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  2. The stripes are flour, and I suppose they score the bread before they bake it. They often score bread before baking, especially when the loaves are round (or roundish), to make it pretty but also to distinguish between different kinds of bread. I think.

    This must be a pretty bad picture if it looks like a rock! :)

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  3. WOW - that cathedral is stunning. Must have been an amazing sight in real life!

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