Sunday, September 14, 2014

More Prague Sightseeing

View of Praha from the castle
The original plan for Thursday was to go visit the Kopopíště Castle.  However, we decided to skip it and just spend more time exploring Prague.

Inside St. Vitus' Cathedral

We started off up at the castle and toured St. Vitus' Cathedral.

Later on everyone tried a few Czech delicacies such as trdelník and svařak.

At Klárov park we we saw the memorial for the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia which lasted from 1938 - 1945.

It's important to remember that with the annexation of the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia was one of the first countries occupied and among the last to be liberated.

Nearby was the new winged lion memorial that was unveiled on June 17th this year.  It is to commemorate the roughly 2,500 Czechs and Slovaks who fought with the British Royal Air Force during WWII.

Many people risked their lives to escape occupation and then went on to fight with the Allies in the British and French military.  After returning to Czechoslovakia at the end of the war, many were marginalized by the Communist government who saw these heroes, and their exposure to the West, as threats to the state.  The sacrifices these people made were never made public until after the Velvet Revolution.

Later on we went to the Communism Museum and mom had her first ever subway ride.  

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