It is truly a magnificent complex. Since the 9th century,
the castle has been the seat of the central state and church,
and is now the official seat of the Czech president.
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Looking out from the castle walls, the city's
old-world charm is palpable. Woven into Prague's
legendary history is a sky scape of a hundred
Baroque spires and endless red tiled roofs.......this
largest city in a country still coming to life
after 41 years of communism, which ended in 1989,
is now Eastern Europe's major hub with 1.2 million people.
Looking toward the pedestrian Charles Bridge crossing the
Vltava River, the longest waterway in the Czech Republic.
One end of the Charles Bridge........
..........where boats await tourists, and padlocks
decorate the railings - that newlywed
custom which I also viewed in Russia.
A new friend.............we seem to gather them
along the way. An especially nice aspect of
travel to different places is meeting interesting people.
Amalia is a travel agent from the country of Georgia......
her company sent her to Prague on a trip and we
really enjoyed spending a little time on the
Charles Bridge with her, learning about her country and life.
More walking, always looking up at the beautiful
architecture, and down at the cobblestones.....
..........then back at Prague Castle on the hill.
The trees are changing now, rain held off until last
evening and this morning is quite a bit colder. We'll
take a walk for some last views before heading to our
airport hotel for tonight. Early morning flight home
via London tomorrow, Saturday.