Hi blog-friends, Much as I would like to update this blog several times a week, the reality of editing & posting photos and writing up at least semi-coherent narratives has me on a slower schedule than I would like. Additionally I plan on launching a photography business in sometime in 2010, and so in support…
Behind a fairly nondescript gate near the Mala Strana metro station is the entrance to Wallenstein Palace gardens
On crossing the Charles Bridge from Old Town, one of the first landmarks in Mala Strana (“Lesser Town”) is the Baroque St. Nicholas Cathedral (yes, that Saint Nick).
St Nicholas’ dome and bell tower
The Vltava River (AKA the Moldau if you’re in Germany) flows through the middle of Prague, bisecting the historic district. On the east side are Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, and New Town, and on the west are Lesser Town and Prague Castle.
The Vltava River, from Vyšehrad
Our last stop in Old Town is the intricate Astrological Clock (Pražský orloj), according to the BBC, one of “the oldest and most elaborate clocks ever built,” as well as one of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions.
At the heart of Prague’s Old Town district is Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), bustling, hustling, and very heavily touristy. At nighttime, it is much more mellow and charming, and that was our preferred time to see it of the 4 or 5 times we passed through the square.
Old Town Square at night
Adjoining New Town is Prague’s highly touristy, but also very interesting, Old Town (Staré Město). At the border between the two is the ancient Powder Tower, built in 1475 and long a part of the coronation route of Czech kings, which wound from Vyšehrad, through this tower, past the Town Hall in Old Town Square, across the Charles Bridge, through Mala Strana, and finally up the hill to Prague Castle.
Powder Tower, daytime
Powder Tower, nighttime