And, what better a way to start than an aerial view of the city?
You are enjoying these views courtesy of my very own manpower. Yes, that's right, I earned them the old fashioned way.
See that tower up there on the hill? That's Petrin Hill Observatory Tower, nicknamed the Mini Eiffel Tower, since that's exactly what it is. At 60m tall, and placed at the highest point in the city, this landmark boasts 360 degree views of Prague.
To get there, you've got to climb the 312 steps to the top of Petrin Hill (the website incorrectly says that there's only 299, but I counted the whole way, and of course, I'm the right one). Once you get to the top, you have to climb the additional ??? steps on the open air spiral stairway to the top of the tower. There is an elevator, but since I'm cheap, I opted for the free climb. I've never had an aversion to heights, but I have to admit that the combination of the wind blowing, the small wedge shaped steps, and their never ending circles gave me a bit of a fright.
Once I descended, I continued my venture around Petrin Hill. There is a park with paths through it that wind around to the Prague Castle, which stands guard of the city (the tallest spiky buildings pictured top left below):
This is the front entrance to the castle, where the changing of the guards occurs daily. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the biggest castle complex in the world. Basically, it consists of a giant building forming a wall around the perimeter and inside are a myriad of cathedrals and other buildings. Such a great description, I know.
Since I'm cheap (and didn't have time/ care) to take a tour, I simply walked through and took a few photos. The best thing I got out of it were more lovely aerial views of the city below:
That's all for now:) I'll probably pepper my posts with more vacation photos as the weeks roll on, but I certainly don't want to overload you, so don't worry, I'll be getting back to a normal schedule next week.