Hello from Prague! We discover that the nearest airport to Cunewalde is actually in the Czech Republic and decide to spend a few days here before flying out! The city is beautiful, but due to a somewhat sordid past: Hitler loved the city of Prague and made the decision not to bomb it during WWII with the intention of retiring here after he’d built his empire. The city fell into disrepair during the communist era, but was not rebuilt in Soviet style like many other cities in the region and the streets are lined with fabulously decorated old buildings.
They like to put statues of people all over things here.
We do some lounging in parks.
Find a cool tunnel underneath Prague castle.
Take a free walking tour.
And take some tourist pics.
Prague also has a very intense Jewish history. The Jewish quarter is home to the old Jewish ghetto and cemetery from the 11-1400s and several old synagogues – remarkable in that every other Jewish landmark and place of worship in central Europe was desecrated or destroyed during WWII. Apparently, Hitler planned to turn the old Jewish quarter into a museum to an extinct race and even imported Jewish artifacts from all over Europe to be kept here. Nowadays, many have been returned, but it is a very moving place to visit.
And while we’re on Jewish history, here’s a photo from the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe from Berlin.
I loved the memorial, mostly because I felt so uncomfortable there. The pathways through the pillars are only wide enough to walk single file, and I was suddenly very small, alone, and cold. J kept disappearing from my view and a very profound sense of uncertainty and searching made me want to exit as fast as possible. I remember learning about it when it was first built in 2005 and I’m glad I got to experience it in person. It is mindblowingly perfect for such a memorial.
Anyway, now that we’ve finally uploaded all of our pics, here’s some backdated photos of happy Berlin:
Now that we’re caught up, we’ll try to keep things more timely.
C & J