I'm going to preempt this post by saying that we basically saw all of Prague in a day due to our flight delays. Because of this I'm splitting up the posts. Our morning tour was the free tour provided by Sandeman's New Europe Tours. You basically tip your guide what you would like after the tour. We then took their paid tour of the castle district. I highly recommend Sandeman's. They offer free and paid tours throughout Europe in most major cities.
The Harmony Hotel here in Prague actually provides us with breakfast and free Wi-Fi to start our day on the right track.
We wander down to Old Town Prague
where we grab a free tour with Michael the Guide and learn the history of this gorgeous city and how to beatbox (say ‘boots and cats’ – now repeat). Prague is a live version of Disneyland with a long troubled history instead of themed rides.
Old World architecture is often mixed in with Communist throughout the city.
The Powder Tower
Example of Cubism - the House of the Black Madonna
Church of St. Thomas where there's supposedly the mummified arm of a thief hanging in one of the rooms. It looks like a giant hunk of beef jerky.
We learn about its history in WWI, WWII, and its Communist regime followed by the Velvet Revolution to take them to democracy. I think one of my favorite stories of Prague is how when they were invaded by the Soviet Union in the late 60s to stop the Prague Spring, a period when the President was trying to give the citizens additional freedoms during the communist regime, the citizens used a nonviolent form of protest. They removed all the streets signs, renamed their towns things like Freedom and often gave wrong directions to the soldiers. My kind of people.
Franz Kafka statue in the Jewish Quarter
Spanish Synagogue which is supposed to be gorgeous inside.
Old New Synagogue where the Golem lives in the attic.
We end the first half of our day near the Charles Bridge with a view of the Castle District.