Second Day: May 20
We got up at 7:30 in the morning, and had a wonderful breakfast. After saying goodbye to our hosts Joseph and Maruska, we started toward Hrensko. Hrensko is famous about its Sandstone Formations.
Gorges at Hrensko
Gorges at Hřensko are one of the most beautiful and famous parts of the National Park - Czech Switzerland. The Landscape of sandstone rock formations between Bohemia and Saxony is one of the places people like to visit for their romantic beauty. The area is also called Bohemian Switzerland. It attracts visitors by an extensive landscape division, variety of rock formations and vast forests. Characteristic rocks are thick-bedded sandstones, imprinting land relief with specific features, clearly distinguishing it from other geomorphologic units in the neighborhood. The origin of sandstones goes back one hundred million years, to the Mesozoic era, when sandy sediments then gave birth to sandstones. The sea receded and in the Tertiary Era the sandstone series were broken up by a system of runners, caused by volcanic effusions. Today, the region is open to public and deeply touches every single visitors
We hiked to the famous rock arch of Pravická skála.
Our group at Pravická skála
Around 10:30 we started our drive to Prague. We were very excited about visiting there, because we heard a lot about it. If you are interested in the history of this beautiful country, here is a great link we found:
We did not have that much time to spend, only half a day. First we went to our bed and breakfast, which was located on the outskirt of Prague in a nice house. The tram station was next door to it, so we did not have to drive in. Traffic in Prague seemed very hectic. We were very glad to get a glance at the local people's life....I mean taking the tram to the city.
First we visited the famous
Next of course we walked up to the Prague Castle.
On the way to the castle
By this time we all were very thirsty, and hungry. We had a nice dinner, and after that ice cream along the Vltava river. Later that night we walked on the streets of Old Town, and walked to the Old Town Square. This square has been Prague's heart since the 10th century and was its main marketplace until the beginning of twentieth century. We saw the famous Astronomical Clock on the town hall.
On the way home, we had the pleasure to try the metro in Prague.
(In this section, if otherwise not stated, the pictures were taken by, and the property of Dr. Anna Balog-Szabo)