|View from Sarka Park|
|Hiking in Sarka park - part of Prague but it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. It's great|
and just 45 minutes from our flat.
This spring has been unseasonably warm (according to several Czech friends) and with it has brought beautiful flowers and flowering trees all around Prague. As the city comes out of hibernation, I am continually amazed with the beauty of this city. It has been several years since I experienced a true spring like this, where the world goes from sleeping and/or dead to alive in what feels like a matter of minutes. One day the world is brown and drab and the next, the grass is so bright green it almost hurts your eyes! Tulips and daffodils are everywhere (along with many other flowers I just don't know the names of), so everywhere there is color.
I'm especially enjoying the Cherry Blossoms as this is something I've never experienced in person.
|St. Nicholas Church from Petrin Hill|
pomlázka. The pomlázka are made of pussy willow branches and are woven together and then brightly colored ribbons are attached to them. The pomlázka is a sign of youth, beauty, health, and fertility. It was originally a pagan ritual to fight off illness and bad spirits and to bring good health and youth to whoever was whipped. So, on Easter Monday (which is a public holiday here), men carry around their pomlázka and whip ladies. The ladies then thank the men by giving them their decorated eggs and/or sweets. Thankfully this is more of a tradition in the smaller villages or amongst people who know each other, and therefore, I was not swatted by anyone. :)
|Namesti Miru Easter market and Easter tree|
|Pomlázka of all sizes|
|Bonfire with witch before...and...|
I'm not sure what they're saying, but this cracked me up. I could totally see my mom and aunts doing this with my cousin Joel beatboxing. :)
|Practicing their bonfire building skills|
|Inline skating contest for the kids|
|They even had a hair booth where the kids could get their witch looks perfected.|
|Even adults were dressed up - next year I'm totally dressing up!|
|Cool sitting area|
|Neat housing area overlooking the city - love the wall made of cobblestones|
|I'm not sure what this is, but it's in Petrin park, and I just love these spires. |
They are everywhere in Prague.
|Petrin Tower. It is a replica of the Eiffel Tower and if you measure the tower from the base of the|
hill it stands upon, it is the same height as the Eiffel Tower.
|Strahov Monestery Steeples|
|Sausages on fire....but not really. :)|
Czech Firemen "managing" the fire
And on the way home it started pouring rain. Our tram or something very, very, very close to us got hit by lightening. I have never heard anything like it! We decided to walk home the rest of the way since the tram wasn't going anywhere. And since we were getting wet...we decided to jump in several puddles along the way. Truly one of the best days!