Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Prague







This year's Chairman's Cabinet Trip was to Prague in the Czech Republic. We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel very close to the Old Town Square. Prague is an ancient city. It was spared bombing runs during World War Two so the original buildings dating to the 13th century are still around. It was a very quick trip. We only had one full day there with some time on the afternoon of our arrival and a little time in the morning of our departure.



While we were there we visited the Old Town Square with it 500 year old astrological clock in the City Hall building. In the town square is a monument to Jan Hus. He was really to first person to protest the control of the Catholic Church in Europe. He was around 100 years before Martin Luther and burned at the stake.




We also visited the Jewish quarter where we toured one of the biggest Sinagog mueseums in Europe. We learned a lot about Jewish religious practices and saw the cemetary where as many as 100,000 are buried. They ran out of room so they started burying the bodies on top of each other. Then they stacked up the tomb stones as best they could.

We visited the Praque Castle. The St. Vitus Cathedral is in the middle of the Castle. The castle area is over 1000 years old. Thursday evening we had dinner at the Chateau Trojoa, a beutiful hunting lodge hundreds of years old. They had a 20 piece orchestra playing classical music. It was a very nice evening. The next day we all boarded a chartered plan for our company and flew to Vienna.

4 comments:

Susy said...

Jeff..
Steve's mother is from Prague. I have so many pictures of that area, circa 1940-45. Though she was schooled in Germany and belonged to Hitler's youth as a teen, her roots and heart were always buried in Prague. She was very proud to be Czechoslovakian and it has carried down to our children! Thanks for the post I will have to show Steve.
By the way I loved all those pictures of your house. Brought back so many memories..
Tell Marla I said hello and that I will give her a call.
Susy

Jesse said...

Sooooo jealous. Can't wait to see your pictures from vienna.

Michelle Gould said...

No fair! I want to go! It is so beautiful! Miss you guys!!! Love you!

Allie said...

I love the pictures you posted! Especially the second one down of the cemetery. Looks like you had a good time!