Castles, Clocks, and City Scapes

Prague has been an amazing place to end our trip. We ventured just outside of town to catch a glimpse of the Konopištê Castle. Unfortunately, the castle was not open today but it did not stop us from wandering the grounds. The oddest part was probably coming across the bear kept on grounds... yeah, a bear. As in, a large black bear. It was all locked up but still an odd sight to behold while peeking down toward what was once a moat. I suppose that is a safe place to keep a large, human killing animal that is. It native to the area. At any rate, back to the castle, we walked around the large park and down to the lake to see if we could at least try and get come good pictures while we were there. With a calm day on the water, the lake provided the perfect foreground the castle, peeking up through the trees.

Konopištê Castle

Konopištê Castle

With little left to explore, we returned the Prague to find a quick bite to eat and walked around the city. As the lights started to come on, we made our way over to astronomical clock to catch the hourly display. We had missed the show by about 3 minutes on multiple occasions so we had to make it work tonight. It's quite a scene with loads of people gathered around to see the clock strike the hour. The clock comes to life with doors opening and 12 apostles marching through the windows, death ringing the bells, and a whole love of chiming.  

Astronomical Clock Tower

Astronomical Clock Tower

After the chimes were done, we made our way up the tower steps to the top of the tower. It was incredible to overlook the city from so high above. We went up in the dark to capture the city lights, but I could see the daytime views being equally as breathtaking. With a 360 walk around the tower, it was time to call it a night. Thank you, Prague, for such a wonderful and fun adventure. 

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