FREIBERG AND PRAGUE, DEC 10-14, 2007 - DAY 4                                                                            
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Our day began very early, as the fire alarm in our hotel went off at 5:30 a.m.!  Since we were awake, we decided to get an
early start an walk around Prague for a bit.  We wandered through the old part of town and went to the
Charles Bridge, then
we went back to our hotel to shower and get ready for our tour.  I didn't have my tripod on this little jaunt, however, so had to
get a little creative finding things to perch my camera on as the light was still dim.  I actually ended up liking the top pic a lot,
with the camera resting on a cafe table in the Old Square (the oldest part of Prague around which the entire city was built.)
Besides the ease of travel, another reason why it was nice to not have the kids was because we could do things
like go on a tour of the city and actually get something out of it!  It was nice to get some perspective on the city, and
to have people point out why things were significant.  For example, during our early morning walkabout we strolled
down a big boulevard.  Turns out that it was Wenceslaus Square.  St. Wenceslaus (of Feast of Stephen fame) is
the patron saint of the Czech Republic.  Who knew?  Since most of the tour was from a bus, however, I didn't get
many good pictures.  We did get out at the palace, however, and I got some nice HDRs of
St. Vitus Cathedral.  
Which, by the way, is where St. Wenceslaus's remains are buried.  Again, who knew?  I love tour guides!
I planned my evening around taking pictures of the Charles Bridge at sunset, so I arrived there at 4:00 (yes, that's
sunset around here!) and took pictures for about an hour.  It was amazing the difference that ten minutes could make
on the amount and warmth of the light that I had.  I managed to get a lot of pictures that I really liked from the little
session.  On the way home, I took some other night shots of the city.  I had my tripod this time, and that made life a
whole lot happier in general! (The pictures are in approximate chronological order, except for the top one, which I think
is my fave!)
For dinner we went to a Czech restaurant.  It was so good!  I grew up eating Czech food (my
grandparents were immigrants), and it was quite lovely to experience it in a restaurant
setting.  Pork, dumplings and sauerkraut.  Some of the weirdest comfort food there is, but I
loved it.  We didn't take a picture, but don't you think you've seen enough food pictures on
our trip, anyway?
Home again, home again, jiggity jig