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Prague – So much History (2-4 Jan 2010)

I arrived in Prague at 10am after stretching out across 3 seats in the train and sleeping the whole way. I had an hour to drop my stuff at the hostel, check in, and get to the meeting point for the free walking tour. After the Berlin one, I was determined to take one at each city I visited that had them. I made it just in time for the tour and experienced the coldest day of my entire Russia/Europe trip. The temperature was not all that cold, only about -11C. However, I didn’t wear thermals on the train and did not have time to change. Plus, I was wearing shorter socks and my running shoes and not boots. No sweatshirt underneath my jacket, just a long sleeve shirt. I had looked at the weather site and it said it would be warmer than it really was. The wind was particularly painful as well. Anyway, it didn’t stop me from spending 7 hours outside, basically the whole day. We met at Old Town Square. There’s a funny story about the building behind Dvorak. it’s the Opera house of Prague. On top of it stand many statues of composers. One of them was Felix Mendelssohn, a Jew. When the Nazis rolled through here they learned of Mendelssohn’s statue on top of the building. They decided they couldn’t have this. So they had some workers go up and knock his statue off. But none of the statues are labeled. So they searched and searched and couldn’t find Mendelssohn. The SS officers talked together and decided that Mendelssohn should have the biggest nose. They told the workers to throw off the statue with the biggest nose. The workers found a statue with the biggest nose and pushed him off the edge of the building. Only, it wasn’t Mendelssohn. It was Richard Wagner,...