Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Prague.....Part 6 (Vysehrad)

Hello lovelies! 
I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since my last post! This month has been a whirlwind for sure! We (the hubby and I) have been busily preparing for Miranda's upcoming visit. I think I mentioned in a previous post that she is flying home for her cousin Shelby's wedding. She is one of the bridesmaids. And not only is Miranda flying home, but she is bringing her boyfriend Shahid with her! We are all so excited to have nearly two weeks with them. The hubby and I will be picking them up in Orlando Monday evening! So, since we are having Shahid come visit for the first time, that spurred us on to finish some little projects we have been putting off. We finished the pantry and I will share that soon. We have finished putting up some trim, done some painting, installed light switches, and completely finished the guest bathroom. We had some issues in the shower but it is all completed now. I'll share a couple of updates in there with the pantry post. I have been cleaning out closets and cabinets and purging and organizing. The hubby pressure washed the house and porch and we are getting some yard work done this weekend as well as finally getting our brand new central heat and air unit hooked up. Anywho, there's nothing like having company to light a fire under you! And I have been working full time and have been sick with a miserable cold for almost 3 weeks now!  I am so happy though because we have accomplished so much and we have only 5 more sleeps until we see our girl and her fella!

So....today I am sharing another Prague vacation post with you. I have one more to share where I will show you the things I purchased on my trip as well as a fun place we ate on our last day there. 
But, today, I am taking you to.....


Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Vysehrad...
Vyšehrad (Czech for "upper castle") is a historical fort located in the city of PragueCzech Republic. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czechhistory, among them Antonín DvořákBedřich SmetanaKarel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha. It also contains Prague's oldest surviving building, the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century.
Local legend holds that Vyšehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague, though thus far this claim remains unsubstantiated.

This is where the original castle stood. The grounds are beautiful and it was not crowded with tourists like the main part of the city. It offers another great overlook of the city from a different viewpoint. Other than the fact that it was cold and windy, this was such a pleasant day. I really enjoyed walking around the grounds and taking photos. 




I have never seen so much graffiti in a city. It seems to fit though.


The moss on the brick was so pretty. You can see we were pretty high up. Notice the roof lines below.


The garbage cans are even pretty in Prague. They are made of cement.


There is another gorgeous cathedral in Vysehrad. I couldn't wait to get a closer look.


I thought this home's yard was really interesting and I loved the vine growing across the house. I bet it is so pretty in the spring and summer.


Another gorgeous view...this time of the Vltava River.



This was one of the most interesting things I saw. This fence surrounded a nursery school. The panels you see covering the fence are all crocheted or knitted. It was so cool!


Here are the other two. So fun and colorful and what a great way to create some privacy.


Here's that gorgeous cathedral! The Gothic style is so enchanting!


Look at these massive doors and that beautiful mosaic.


The inside did not disappoint. Services are still held here every Sunday. I sat on a pew and it was terribly uncomfortable. No chance of anyone falling asleep during the service...lol!


I thought the muted colors were so beautiful.


Gorgeous stained glass windows.


Very festive with simply decorated trees.



This angel was suspended over a nativity.


Isn't it beautiful?


Prayer candles.


The sun streaming through the stained glass was so lovely.


There was a case full of opulent pieces that have been used for various purposes over the years.


This one was especially beautiful. 


Of course we had to have lunch while we were there. We ate at a quaint little place with colorful decor. I chose spaghetti and Miranda had a burger. I love that the Coke was served in a wine glass. We split a chocolate pancake for dessert but it was really more like a crepe. Very tasty!





When we left, we went back to Old Town Square and took a tour of what has been named the most beautiful library in the world....thKlementinum. You can read about it here or here if you care to. We were not allowed to take photos inside but here are a couple I found online. 

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 This was the most unusual tour we took. Of course this building is centuries old and the library is located a few floors up. We had to climb up spiral staircases for a few floors to see the library and then we climbed to the top where the astronomical tower is located. The steps leading to this part were narrow, wooden, and treacherous to say the least. I was actually a little nervous going up. But, I was so glad I made it to the top because when we stepped out onto the balcony, this was the view! It was absolutely breathtaking!


 I was unable to get any really good shots, but you get the idea. It was such an amazing feeling...being across the world from home on a cold New Year's Eve night, at the top of a historical old building in a beautiful city watching fireworks go off with my daughter who also happens to be my best friend. :) As long as I live,  I'll never forget this night. Here's a selfie Miranda took of us. 


After we descended down the scary steps...all 180 of them, we went to Old Town Square and listened to a bit of a concert that was going on. Such a festive city! The band played one of my favorite songs...Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams. 


We walked on for a bit, trying to decide where to eat supper. The place we wanted to eat was closed so we ate at a fun place called the Crazy Cow. The food was absolutely delicious. I had a chicken dish with veggies and a baked potato. 


And, this was too funny not to share...LOL!


OK...I made it to the end! After we ate, Miranda put Jeana and I on a tram back to the hotel. She and Ashley wanted to stay out a bit longer than us. We made it back without Miranda's guidance. LOL! We got comfy in our pj's and rang in the new year from the warmth and safety of our hotel room. Not long before midnight, the girls returned and asked us if we knew it was snowing. We decided to put some warm clothes on and went outside to see for ourselves. It was so magical....snow falling while fireworks were going off everywhere. The fireworks started long before midnight and continued until long after. Again, this was a special night and full of so many memories. I will always cherish them. 

If you made it to this point, thank you. I know I can be long-winded. I hate to leave out too much detail though. I am a detail person so that;s just how I write. I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful week. As always, thank you for visiting. I apologize for my lack of replies to your sweet and cherished comments on my last couple posts. I feel so bad when I can't reply right away. I do so appreciate each and every one of you though. Have a blessed rest of the week!

Until next time.....

 
 

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your Prague vacation with us. You've made us feel like we were there with you.

    You and your hubby have been so busy. I hope you can get some rest before Miranda's visit. I'll say a prayer for safe travels.

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  2. Hi Vicky, so sorry to hear that you have a cold. I hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you have been so busy organizing your house. What a wonderful trip you were able to take and thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Hugs Julie

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  3. I love "traveling" with you! What a fabulous trip. I love all the details you share; makes it seem like I'm there with you. :) Y'all have been busy - nothing like needing to get stuff done to get stuff done. Can't wait to see it all.
    Praying for safe travels for Miranda and her fella. Feel better too!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  4. Oh my goodness Vicky, you have been one busy girl!!! Thank you for sharing your vacation, I feel like I went along! I'm happy you'll be seeing your girl and her guy, how exciting! Take care of that cold dear one.
    Hugs & Love,
    Teresa

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  5. Wow, Vicky... You have been busy! Its kinda like you have been spring cleaning, but with way more work! ☺ It is amazing how company coming will do that. I'm so happy you get to have Miranda and her man home for a few weeks. I can't wait to hear all that you do while they are there.

    Your vacation to Prague is just amazing! Thanks for taking me on your tour. All of your photos all have a great story behind them. And the art is simply stunning. That cow potty is just hilarious!

    I hope you get to feeling better soon! I'm praying for you!

    Hugs, Amy

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  6. Once again you will have me dreaming of Prague :) It's such a beautiful and unique place, my friend. And Jeanna is right, you made us feel as though we were right there with you - thank you!

    Enjoy your day, sweet Vicky. Love and hugs!

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  7. It is good to see you post Vicky. I was just wondering about you and you visited my blog. How exciting your daughter and friend will be coming soon! You and hubby have been crazy busy getting ready, bet it feels great to have all that done!

    Thanks for taking us to Prague again! I love that gorgeous church, just amazing. Oh those stairs sounded scary, glad you all did it safely. What a wonderful trip!

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  8. Whoa! Where do I start? With the cow toilet, of course. That's just funny!!! Goodness, what a surprise that must be when the lid is lifted. :)
    I would love that chocolate pancake! I found a box of chocolate crepes at Sam's Club and we made them last a long time. They were soooo good!
    The cathedral is A-MAZ-ING!!! Wow. It must have been pretty awesome to see.
    I know you'll have a great time with your girl, and her boy. :)
    Blessings!

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  9. So many fascinating things you saw on your trip...the food looks delicious!! Trying new food is my fave part of traveling. Glad you and hubby were able to get so much done at home. You are right, having company just seems to put you in motion. Feel better soon Vicky :)

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  10. What a beautiful city and the food always looks delicious.

    Can't wait to hear about your visit with Miranda when she gets home. Take lots of pictures to share with us!

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