When the plane landed at Prague Airport on Sunday the 12th of March 2017 a long held ambition to visit the Bohemian capital was fulfilled thanks to the family's generous 70th birthday present.
From near and far we were able to identify the spires of the building known as the Church of Our Lady before Týn. The Square with its crowds, entertainers, cafes and food stalls felt like the beating heart of the city. At the other end of the Square was the Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, the oldest working astronomical clock in the world.
More than once we arrived at the Clock just at the point it was ready to strike the hour. At that point figures moved and concluded with the cuckoo performing. Talking of performing all kinds of performers were to be found in the Square.
Perhaps the most famous landmark is the Charles Bridge which spans the River Vitava and that was where we headed for next. The bridge is the oldest surviving crossing and is a tourist magnet drawing crowds of visitors, artists and musicians. Thirty statues line the bridge and many people follow the superstitious belief that by stroking the well polished golden symbols they can find good luck.