I would have to say that some of my favorite sights were Old Town Square (and when they say "old" they mean like over a thousand years old!), The view from the Charles Bridge at sunset, The Mucha Museum and his artwork throughout the city, sipping coffee at a Cafe's in the ancient alleyways, and Patrin Hill, which is the park just across the bridge near the castle.
Aaron was in gastronomic heaven. The Czech Republic has some of the best beer in the world and we just happened to be there during the "International Beer Festival". It was so fun to watch my husband gobble up pork knuckles while chugging his beloved brew.
On Sunday we had the chance to visit the church of friends who live in Sokolov, located over an hour west of Prague. They asked if we could share in couple of worship songs, which was an unforgettable experience. The Baptist fellowship meets in a small building tucked into a cozy little neighborhood. We felt so honored to be their guests. The Czech people are not very expressive but they are genuine. It was humbling to see the work of Christ in their lives.
On the way back from Sokolov to Prague we stopped in Loket. I had to pinch myself when we first viewed the village from the bridge. This place does not look real. Small rows of colorful shops and homes are lined up together all looking up at an ancient castle. Truly this castle looks like a painting from a fairy tale. I was holding my breath to see Rupunzel let down her golden hair through one of the tiny windows. The castle itself is built on old Roman ruins. You can pay a small fee to tour the castle, and it is well worth it. Hrad Loket (Castle Loket) is equipped with everything a castle fan could dream of.. turrets, cisterns, torture chamber, a dragon, statues, frescos, etc. I think what shocked me the most about Loket was the fact that people still live there. That castle is still a part of everyday life for a community of people just as it has been for well over a thousand years!
The Czech Republic may not sound like a dream destination to some, but maybe that is the secret to the magic of the place. It will surprise you with it's beauty. I can now see why it is a favorite to those who have visited. We may have left Prague behind today but a part of it will be with us for the rest of our lives. Farewell Praha...off to Vienna!