Praha… As the locals call it.

As Rach said, we stopped at a concentration camp used by the Nazis.

Terezin Court Yard

Terezin Court Yard

It’s called Terezin and is about an hour and a half away from Prague. It was mainly used for Prisoners on route to other destinations. It was not like the other larger camps where mass gassings occurred. Prisoners were sent to other camps for this. The people mainly died from the appalling conditions. The picture of the court yard shows a sign which means “Work makes you free”. Apparently this slogan was used throughout the majority of concentration camps.

Solitary Confinement

Solitary
Confinement

Only three people escaped from Terezin. They used a ledge which wrapped around the outside of the building. After the escape, part of the ledge was removed to prevent further escapes. We got to see where they escaped and where the ledge was removed. For more info on Terezin check out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentration_camp_Theresienstadt

A few things on Prague, the beer here is dirt cheap. Too bad I’m not a big beer fan. And when I mean cheap I mean cheap. For top quality beer you can get half a litre for anywhere from just over $1 – $2 aussie dollars.

I must say it’s about time that I walk into a public place and find the Ice Hockey on TV! And not the stupid football! The Czechs are big on their hockey. There is a big arena and hockey shop right next to our place. The first night we were here, we walked into an Italian restaurant and what do you know? There was a Czech vs Canada game on the big screen :) A couple of the staff sat around an watched it instead of work. Today we went to a net cafe and on the wall was a widescreen plasma and the guy turned it on and what do you know? Czech vs USA was on. Currently the world championships are being played Latvia and the teams are stacked with NHL players.

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Prague

The bus trip to Prague seemed extra long for some reason so we were happy to finally arrive. We stopped on the way at a concentration camp called Terezin.

Prague Castle 

Prague Castle

It was a bonus stop that we didn’t know about so Adrian was pretty happy cause we missed the one the day before. We’re staying in our first dorm room here, it hasn’t been too bad actually I thought it was going to be a lot worse. It’s just a bit annoying when people come home after you and when they get up in the morning before you. There was also a guy on our first night that snored so loudly, luckily both Adrian and I had ear plugs!

Prague Castle 

Prague Castle

Yesterday we visited Prague Castle, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea for us to walk there and it took us nearly 2 hours! The castle was very pretty and there were markets that were selling all different locals crafts, I thought they were pretty cool Adrian didn’t look too impressed though :)

On Charles Bridge 

On Charles Bridge

Our next stop was Charles Bridge, there were again heaps of stalls selling various souvenirs and crafty stuff. We then went to Town Square where the Astronomical Clock is. We were told that we must visit that because every hour on the hour it does some kind of display. So we waited around for about 45 minutes to see it and there were hundreds of people crowded around waiting too. We were very disappointed with the display let me tell you in wasn’t much at all it just made some noise and something moved and that was about it! But apparently this clock was built in the 1300’s so I’m not sure what we were expecting.

Overall Prague hasn’t been what I imagined, I think it was talked up too much by a lot of people. Don’t get me wrong I still have enjoyed our time here its been great.