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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The King's Walk

Prague - Saturday


Today we walked across the Charles Bridge.     It was constructed in the 1350's and has many Baroque statues along it.    Of course, there are the street vendors to entertain you and hawk their wares.

The route to the castle is called the "King's Walk" because it was the route a new King would take after his coronation at St Vitus Cathedral through the town, across the Charles Bridge and into the Old Town Square.

This shot is at the end of the bridge and entering the city.







There's always time to stop and people watch.



This is one of the statues on the bridge.




This view is looking across the river at the town, castle and cathedral.




St. Nicholas Cathedral was a treasure trove of gold and beautiful paintings.

























RJ wants you to know that he is daring and a risk taker, too.    There's no way I would have climbed up there!      We all know he won't qualify as "Saint RJ" to be placed in that spot for centuries despite his trying it on for size.




Entrance to the Prague Castle.     It's not your typical castle but a series of buildings and cathedrals.





St Vita Cathedral was recently restored.    I loved the interior, which lacked the over the top opulence of other cathedrals but it had a sense of calm and elegance that I liked.














The street musicians are great, although some of them make you think you are in Mississippi rather than Prague.












The Toy Museum in the Castle  area was a fun visit.     There was a lot more than just dolls, but it's my blog and trains and cars and erector sets just don't interest me that much!



Okay, one train picture.




RJ is always ready to pose with an attractive woman.



"Bild Lili" was the original doll made in Europe as a promotional item.    It was not for children.    They even had one version that you could hang on your rearview mirror.     It was not a big hit, but was later sold to Mattel who redesigned and renamed the doll Barbie after the owner's daughter.

The original Lili dolls.




The original U.S./ Mattel Barbie



If you are a Barbie fan, this is the place to visit.     They must have nearly every one ever made.



Does anyone remember this Barbie?



Yes, we experienced all of this in one day.      I'm so glad we have a full week here.

2 comments:

  1. Wow....you covered a lot of material here, I'm not sure what to comment on first. However the image of RJ standing there and the Mary in the Bathtubs that you see here and there are blurring a bit for me now. And then if that wasn't enough you jump out with the lifesized Barbie. I need to sit down and rest now. Thank goodness there was a photo of a bottle of beer or I would wonder if I was reading the right person's blog!

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  2. I loved St. RJ finding his spot that he so well deserves after visiting the Barbie Museum with you/ was that his idea. No matter , keep on trekking and taking your Wisconsinite friend with you on these adventures en absentia.

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