Upon entering Prague on a busy Saturday afternoon, we arrived at Prague Castle.
|So many gargoyles!|
|I love small details like this rain gutter.|
We found a place to stay, then spent the evening wandering the old part of the city. The city was packed with tourists and locals. We soon learned it was Saint Wenceslas Day, an important holiday (both secular and Christian) for Prague and the rest of the nation.
|Looking across the Vitava at the Prague Castle.|
|Boat restaurant had fantastic Italian food!|
|The Dancing Building, aka: Fred and Ginger.|
|In Wenceslas Square, site of sadness and joy; protests and celebrations.|
After seeing signs for it, we finally arrived at the Museum of Communism. Yes, upstairs from McDonald's and next to the casino. It's a small museum, but worth the visit. (Yes, they made gas masks in youth sizes.) A film gave some of the history, documenting policies that hurt lots of people (including toxins in the food supply) and documenting events that led to the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
|Post WWII Communist artwork, at the Museum of Communism.|
The next day, it was on to Salzburg to see the castle.
|We rode the funicular up to the castle, then opted for the audio tour.|
|Safe from our high vantage point.|
|From a high tower.|
|Castle museum reveals the ancient walls behind plaster.|
|Love the doors within doors.|
In the morning, the gate through which we'd entered was closed. We hoped that by the time we were packed up and ready to leave someone would have arrived to open it. No luck, and with no way to contact anyone we did the only thing we could. Looked for another way out. Finding none, Jon took a chance. Sure enough, he simply lifted the gate high enough for Janis to drive through. Free camping, once again! We were now on our way to Italy.
Some photos taken by Jon.