Firstly, apologies if any of you received random emails 'from me' over the last 24 hours or so. A small hacking escapade has successfully been stymied and fingers crossed someone's on-line joy-ride has been brought to an end.
So, after a brief blog interlude, we are back in Prague, city of 1000 spires and the not inconsiderable Charles Bridge. Stretching over the Vltava River, Karluv Most (as it is known to the locals) was commissioned in the 14th century by Charles IV and joins the Old Town with the Little Quarter. It is 520m long, could originally accommodate four carriages across and is touted in every tourist guide as 'not to be missed'. Which made me desperately want to resist planning to see it. I know. It's perverse.
On the evening of Day 1, I fell across it from a slightly down river vantage point.
|Remember the postcard shot from Prague Post Number 2?|
|The rooftops of Prague with Charles Bridge, Old Town Tower and on the horizon, the spires of St Ludmila's|
|Charles Bridge Little Quarter Tower and entrance|
|Charles Bridge before cruising beneath it...|
After the cruise had returned me to the shore, I did actually make it onto the Bridge but the Saturday crowds were out in force and it was not conducive to any sort of meandering or photo-taking. So I just went with the throng and made directly for the other side, determined to try again tomorrow.
|Busy crowds heading for the Old Town on Charles Bridge|
|View of Charles Bridge from Manusov Bridge|
'It's my last day', I thought to myself. 'I cannot visit Prague having only had a cursory dash across'. And so began my purposeful stroll towards the Bridge's Little Quarter Tower.
Others clearly had similar stirrings...
|Charles Bridge Little Quarter - are we there yet?|
|The triumphant Tower shot which means...|
|...I am finally standing on The Bridge - with elbow room to spare!|
The Bridge is famous for its 'avenue' of mostly baroque statues. There are MANY statues (well thirty actually which is quite a lot for any bridge), all in various stages of dis/repair. Frankly after the first few, I got a little bored with the details and did not photograph them - I managed three and the one below is the best of those. If you are more interested and want the full run down, you can click here.
|This one was particularly cute|
|These guys drew quite a crowd and much applause after each number|
|Charles Bridge Tower - Old Town|
|Statue of Charles IV in Knights of the Cross Square as you leave the Bridge|
Do you think they mean that infernal Bridge?
So that's The Bridge post done and definitely dusted. If you are interested in checking out my previous Prague posts - and a big thank you to those of you that have - I've included a handy list below for you:
Prague Preview: Just A Peek
Prague...The Accidental Tourist (Trail)
They may just whet your appetite enough to inspire a visit.