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Prague in June, Day 3 – Old Town

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On every trip, I try to squeeze in a walking tour.   A friend recommended Sandeman’s free tours — the concept is simple; if you’re happy with the tour, you leave a tip at the end, but you’re free to leave at any time.  Our tour began in the Old Town Square, and our guide was an American, whose name I can’t remember, so let’s call him Tom!

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It was another beautiful and extremely hot day.  It felt like I was home, except not wilting from the humidity.

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There was a breast cancer awareness event going on in the Square.

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Here we are close to the Estates Theatre, where Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, had its debut in 1787.  I can’t recall much of what Tom said, but don’t hold that against him; I have the worst memory.

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The Municipal House is the city’s most prominent Art Nouveau building, on the site of the former Royal Court palace.

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In the Jewish Quarter with the Old-New Synagogue to the left.

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You can see it was a hot day.

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A very hot day.

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Back in the Old Town Square, this is the east side, featuring the Rococo-style Kinský Palace and the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, where astronomer Tycho Brahe is buried.

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Black Elvis.

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The Powder Gate has been in Prague since the 11th century when it formed one of the 13 entrances to the Old Town.  The gate didn’t work very well defending the city; it was intended more for prestige.  It was used to store gunpowder in the 17th century, hence the name.

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Can’t remember where this faceless, hooded figure sits… in front of a theatre?

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Mmm, more doors.

 

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£38.50 per car.

 

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The underground stop near my hotel.

 

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