08.01.2010 - 08.01.2010 78 °F
To begin this beautïful Sunday day we got up leisurely and prepared some eggs for breakfast. Then we headed for the bus station to buy our bus tickets for our trip to Kutna Hora the next day as well as Cesky Krumlov for the following day. Buying the ticket was not too hard but the saleslady refused to sell us a return ticket so that was weird.
After that we hurried back to the Infant of Prague church because we had read that there was an English Mass at noon and we were excited to be able to finally understand something at mass. We made it a bit late but not too much and were surprised to see it was packed with tourists and other immigrants to this city. Mostly Asian and African. After mass we went up to finally see the collection of vestments that they have for the Infant. They have a small museum where they showcase them. We saw around 20 of them and they were all beautiful. One was a gift from Maria Therese, the empress of Austria in the 1800s.
After Mass we headed over to the famous Charles Bridge. It is probably one of the most beautiful walks you can take. Along the bridge there are saints statues and you can touch the spot where they threw a famous saint over it for defending the faith. There are also nice stalls along it where you can buy all sorts of souvenirs and jewelry.
We then headed to the old Jewish district. I call it old because there are verÿ few Jews here in Prague now. We visited two Synagogues that are now museums. We also visited an old Jewish Cemetery that is still kept up nicely. As I mentioned there are only around 1000 jews living here presently. In the different museums you can see stuff about Jewish life, religious practices and in one you can read the names of all people from Prague and around that were killed during the Nazi regime in the different work and death camps.
All in all it was a very nice day and we ended up dead tired. Off to Kutna Hora tomorrow for a day trip