Prague, AIPES, American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, The Fund for American Studies, TFAS

Monday, July 31, 2006

Finally, Some Pictures of the City

Here are some pictures I took during the trip...

The first two are of the Prague Castle, which is the largest stone castle complex in Europe. I found a website that says that the castle was originally built in 850 A.D., though there have been a number of major renovations and expansions since then.

This one is of the cathedral at the Prague Castle. The Prague Castle is where the Czech Republic's Prime Minister resides and works. Our program manager, Jan Janda, or "Mr. Janda" as we like to call him, has a friend who works for the Prime Minister, so we got to take a special tour of the castle. It was awesome! Unfortunately, my camera died as soon as we got inside the castle, so all I have are a couple of pictures from the outside.

Here's one of the Prague Castle at night. This was taken by one of the students (Marco) during a boat trip on the Charles River. I didn't go on the trip, but the views look like they were amazing!

This is the clock in Old Town Square. It's a major tourist attraction. Every hour the clock chimes and the statues on the sides of the clock move. Two windows (above the large astrological clock) open and statues of the 12 apostles inside the tower rotate and pass by the windows. It's a major tourist attraction. You see people lining the street to wait even when it's like 12:23 p.m. and there's 37 minutes to the next hour... It's not really worth waiting that long, but I did decide to watch it when I just happened to be in the square at 2 minutes to the hour.

The Old Town Square is only about a 10 minute walk from the classroom building at Charles University. It is a major tourist destination, so the adjacent streets were almost always packed full of tourists.


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