Cathedrals, palaces, towers and crowds--we had another great day of sites that started off with a tour of the downtown of Prague with our hilarious local tour guide George again. He told us how the Czech people get back at the Russians by pointing them in the wrong direction when they ask. The Czechs also tell the Russians to rub the privates of a certain statue of a boy to make sure they have a son, which they do; and the statue is very shiny in this part.
On a more devout note, we visited the church of the infant Jesus, called the Infant of Prague, that is credited with many hearings. The wall by the statue has plaques attesting to these miracles and giving thanks.
We we also climbed two towers, one church bell tower and the other s mini Eiffel Tower, designed by the same engineer of the French one. From here, we could see the fights and jousting a of the medieval festival below as they await the winner of the Battle of the Worlds.
We had lunch at a small French cafe but got worried when the ATM didn't work as we had been warned about the many money exchange scams in Prague. The city is also full of pickpockets and begging gypsies.
But the worst part was the crowds. The morning was fine; but by noon, the hoards made it hard to move around and cross the bridges. Even in this spring shoulder season, the mob scene is bad. I would hate to see it in summer.
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