07 May 2013

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More old town
Astronomical clock
Town square
river and across
Grotto wall
Torture museum

Falling behind in the typing, as we are now in Hungary, so will make it a quick one.

There is something special with old cities on rivers

There is something special with old cities on rivers

It is our second day walking around the twisting alleys of Prague.  A beautiful city,with a lot of the old buildings done up.  Yet more need to be done, but there are signs that it is slowly happening.

The main town square.

The main town square.

Not a good place for those that suffer hayfever

Not a good place for those that suffer hayfever

We found our way to the old powder tower.  From here, all royal processions head up to the castle.  It is also in the main down town section.  From here it was a quick stroll to the square.  The old town hall,cathedral, and buildings.  It was crowded with tourists, which is understandable, as it was almost on the hour.  Each hour the clock goes off.  Music, chimes, and moving characters.

So, what was the time anyway?

So, what was the time anyway?

There is also an astrological clock built into it.  It is so detailed and complex it is impossible to read without years of study and practice.  It does look good though.  We managed to overhear one of the many tour guides yelling to be heard over all the rest.  He said that the clock is so complex that they have no idea on how to change the time, and as such, it was an hour out due to daylight savings!

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After this, we had a quick glimpse into the ornate cathedral, and made our way down to the river.  Crossing over at one of the few bridges, we got a good view of the main Charles IV bridge.

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Mom, why is the wall staring at me?

Mom, why is the wall staring at me?

We stumbled upon the senate park, and had a relaxing walk around the  manicured gardens.  Filled with peacocks, fish, owls and statues of people killing each other, or Hercules killing endangered and exotic animals.  There was one wall that had been created with concrete.  Usually this is not that noteworthy.  Everything is concrete nowadays, but this was in the form of a drip castle.  You know, when you get damp sand and drip it along a finger to create interesting shapes?  That was done here.  There were all sorts of animals in there, snakes, frogs, tortured faces and devils.  An interesting wall to walk along.
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Battering rams in place, here to stop ice attacks

Battering rams in place, here to stop ice attacks

1 saint, 2 saints, what do you call many saints?  Holy!

1 saint, 2 saints, what do you call many saints? Holy!

Back along the river to the base of the Charles bridge.  Art classes out painting,people feeding the swans, and then, finally crossing the bridge ourselves.  The bridge is massive, and well constructed.  There are statues of important people and priests from the past along it. There is a touch of the modern as well,as now there are all sorts of stalls along it.  Portrait and caricature painters, souvenir stalls, beggars, tourists and people going about their daily lives.
The towers at either end stretch up into the grey skies.

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Near here is the torture museum, so we had to check it out.  We skipped the sex machines museum and the alchemy museum, so thought we would do this one.  It was either sex or violence!

Feeling tired?  Take a seat

Feeling tired? Take a seat

The museum is actually pretty good.  Most of it was in English, and although the rooms were small, it did go up four floors.  It was an education to say the least.  How common torture was during the 12-1600’s and how creative people where when it came to hurting or maiming other people.  Mostly in the name of religion. Although it just seemed to be fun for some people.  The Spanish were the most creative in using normal tools to break people, and even came up with some ideas that the Popes banned as being too bad.  This was usually to do with male genitalia.  They were not worried about what you could do with the women though.  One of the most popular things was to hang a person upside down, spread-eagled, and saw them in half with a cross cut saw.  Charming.

On exiting the museum, we were slightly nauseated, but also a little hungry, so we went to find some dinner.  A good meal, and we may be able to forget some of what we saw.

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