Amsterdam and Prague
In September 2015 I made a trip to Amsterdam and Prague to continue my travels related to World War II sites and events and also to strike 2 more locations off my travel list. The weather at the beginning of my trip was cloudy and a little cool with periods of light rain and mist which made for not the most ideal environment for taking pictures but I did the best I could to capture some of the sites I saw starting in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has more canals then Venice. Some canal crossings were vehicles only, pedistrain only and a few are both foot and vehicle traffic.
Due to all the water and most of Amsterdam being under the water level, some of the buildings were built and designed to "move" and adjust according to the water levels. Notice the space between buildings and how one of the buildings is tilted. This is by design to accommadate for the water levels that change.
Cars? Cars???? We don't need any stinking Cars!! Amsterdam is well known for its use of bicycles city wide as a mode of transportation due to its old and narrow streets. There are 2 bicycles to each each person in Amsterdam and you will see them everywhere. Everyone uses them, professionals, students, workers, police, the old, the young and I even saw many pets in the front baskets of people's bicycles and they were loving the cool breeze on their faces while their "transporters" peddled away to get them from point A to point B. By the end of my time in Amsterdam I was wishing I was someone's "pet" and could have been taken anywhere I wanted to go without having to walk so much!
Amsterdam still has many of the original buildings built over the centuries.
Sunset view from balcony. Bell rings every hour which the birds didn't not appreciate
Artwork on some of the older buildings. Usually found over the front entrance door.
World War II Memorial
Statue in convent
View from my balcony. I don't see any birds for some reason?
Amsterdam Train station at night
After 4 nights in Amsterdam it was time to head over to Prague which is the capital of the Czech Republic.
Wait,.....can it be??? Yes......a view of Prague from my balcony!
Powder Tower. I wonder what they stored in this Tower?
Beef Goulash from Czech restaurant in the Municipal House. No, I would not share with anyone!!
Church of our Lady before Tyn in Old Town Square
Jan Hus Memorial in Old Town Square
Inside Astronomical Clock
Remembering those who resisted the Nazi's and those who died in Concentration camps in World War II
Statue in a park near the famous Charles Bridge
Prague Castle in the background as sun is setting
Statues of Saints on the Charles Bridge
Prague at night
Prague Opera House
Terezin Concentration Camp an hour outside of Prague
Original bunk bed from when Terezin was being actively used in WWII.
Terezin was used as a transit Concentration Camp. Prisoners were held here until they were assigned to a Camp for either work or their death
Original oven in crematorium for body disposal
Cemetery at Terezin
St Vitus Cathedral on the grounds of Prague Castle
Inside St. Vitus Cathedral
Inside St. Vitus Cathedral