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These pictures were taken in the cemetery of a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) of Prague. The Jewish quarter is an interesting area to visit, there are 6 synagogues that you can visit, and a Jewish Museum. The area has a really interesting history too; it was sort of the center of Jewish living in Prague, starting around the 13th century. The area has a really mixed history, in my mind this district stands as a testament to the survival of the Jewish culture in the face of adversity. I really like that this area has maintained its cultural identity through time as well, and you can really see the layers of different eras here. The graveyard is really cool, but if you are visiting this area (as with any other place you visit) remember to be respectful of the rules here: make sure if you are visiting synagogues that you cover your shoulders, and yarmulkes are provided for men to cover their heads while visiting the religious sites. Also, just a heads up, if you want to take pictures in this cemetery you have to pay, but it’s not expensive at all, and i’m pretty sure the proceeds go towards maintaining this historical site. Also when you are here, if you can, try to find a good restaurant! The place we went to was overpriced (we didn’t have a lot of options, most places were closed on the day we went) but you can get a killer bowl of matzo ball soup here!

Also, in case anyone was curious, placing stones on the headstone is a Jewish tradition. Apparently the exact origin of this tradition isn’t know but it’s thought that the act is symbolic to show the presence of a loved one visiting the grave site, and that the deceased individual has not been forgotten. And I think the candle is a Yahrzeit Candle, which is burned in memory of a deceased person.

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This picture was taken on a bridge in Prauge, in the Czech Republic. The bridge is sort of on the way to Prague Castle, there are a lot of bridges that can take you to the side of the river where the castle district is, but this bridge is the most decorated. The bridge was adorned with lots of beautiful statues, like this one, and the walk over the bridge is beautiful. The statues are awesome, there are lots of vendors selling jewelry, art, and other trinkets. There are also some bands playing music, and all this together gives the bridge a really nice vibe. However, it does tend to get crowded because of this, so go early in the day to beat the crowds.

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This is a series of pictures taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is really REALLY cool. It’s considered to be a ‘creepy’ tourist attraction, but I don’t really think of it that way at all, it just seems interesting. The Ossuary is decorated entirely with skeletons, and every bone found in the human body can be found somewhere in this church. It’s just outside Prague, trains run to the town where its located fairly often, and it’s an easy walk from the station to the church. Seriously though, if you have the chance, go! It’s super cool đŸ™‚

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This picture was taken in Prague, Czech Republic. We went to this place called U Zavesenyho Kafe, it’s a tiny little cafe in/ really near the castle district in Prague. The charming little restaurant is really tucked away, and it wasn’t easy for us to find. We had read about it and had wanted to visit because of their “hanging coffee”. Don’t know what hanging coffee is? Neither did we, but we read about it and really liked the idea. So what happens is a person can walk in to this cafe and he pays for two cups of coffee, but drinks only one. This leaves the other cup hanging; so, if another person walks in, wanting a cup of coffee, but lacking the money to purchase one, they can order a hanging coffee and enjoy a cup paid for by a random stranger. It’s a really nice idea, and it’s a really nice shop. My sister, my friend, and I all left a cup hanging for a future customer. We also got these absolutely DELICIOUS fruit dumplings. The servers were nice, the atmosphere was adorable, and it gave us a great place to relax a little after the trek up the rather large hill leading up to the castle.

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This is the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic. This lovely graffiti wall is a loving memorial to Lennon. People come and leave messages, names, and art. The wall is an awesome group art project, and it’s constantly changing, which is also really cool. This place is really fun, and if you are just looking for a short outing in Prague this is a good place to go. The only thing is, it’s pretty darn hard to find. We heard about it from this wonderful map; the Use It Europe map for Prague (which has a LOT of cool stuff) but we still had trouble finding it. We actually had a local guy help us out, so I suggest if you are looking for this place you should get really specific directions. Also, bring your paint and your pens and contribute to the wall!

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This is a series of pictures that show our time participating in the Beneficial Brick Initiative, a charitable organization in Prague. The bricks cost about 7 euros, and you can paint it however you want. There’s a picture (taken by one of the guy’s manning the stall) of my sister, my friend Alex, and I, all with the bricks that we painted. The proceeds go to a charity that is working to build an assisted care facility. If you happen to see this stall, stop and paint a brick! It doesn’t cost much, it’s really fun, and it’s for a good cause!

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Skeleton Chandelier

Taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the bone church, is located in the small town of Kutna Hora, about a 45 minute train ride outside of Prague. The inside of this amazing church is decorated with thousands of human bones. This is a picture of the chandelier, the design of which incorporates every bone in the body. The inside of the church is decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. It’s an absolutely amazing site. I’m interested in physical anthropology, so I thought this was absolutely amazing, but even without knowing anything about the human skeleton I think anyone can appreciate the uniqueness of this place. It is absolutely worth the visit, and the train ride over there is beautiful.

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