Czeching out Rachel’s Town

Rachel gave us a preliminary tour of some of her favorite places.  It was wonderful to see the sights she described all semester.  We also enjoyed a tour with our personal guide, Tereza.  She walked us all around Prague and gave us a thorough, yet abbreviated, history of Prague and The Czech Republic, its people and buildings.  We learned and saw so much.

On the Charles Bridge

Newlyweds lock in their love on the Bridge of Locks

We stopped along the Lennon wall

Max, Rachel, and Tereza (our tour guide) at the castle

Flags at half staff for Vaclav Havel

Remembering Vaclav Havel

“Hope is a feeling that life and work have meaning. You either have it or you don’t, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you.”

~Vaclav Havel

The country's love for Vaclav Havel was evident everywhere we went.

Astronomical Clock

The Golem is rumored to live in the attic of this Prague temple.

Max at 'The Dark Dick of Doom' (really - that is what it was called in the guide book!)

Rachel at the entry to her Prague home

Prague

We met Tereza a second day and she led us on a tour of Terezin.  The village’s history became all that more real when Tereza explained that her grandmother was forced to live there during part of the war.  We toured the museum, but I did not take any photos.

An unoccupied building in Terezin. To my surprise, many of the buildings are occupied, the village is home to a small population.

Memorial at the Terezin cemetery.

I took a few photos, but they really don’t do justice to the experience.  More info on Terezin (Teresienstadt) is available on line.

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