Prague (Praha to the locals) if the capital city of the Czech Republic and is the 14th largest city in the European Union. It is another of my favourite places and I'm lucky enough to say I'm going back again this fall. According to Wikipedia, Prague is approximately at the same latitude as Frankfurt, Germany; Paris, France; and Vancouver, Canada.
It is a cultural and architectural mecca. One of the most famous attractions in Prague is the Charles Bridge (Karluv most). It cross the Vltava River and is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide. It is protected by three bridge towers and is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 mostly baroque statues. Beginning in 1965, all of the statues have been systematically replaced by replicas, and the originals have been exhibited in the lapidarium of the National Museum.
The most popular statue is of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV. The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague. Seems to have worked for me!
As it was almost 40 degrees there in the afternoon when we visited, we were up bright and early and were practically the only people on the bridge at that early hour! Apparently artists and other vendors usually line the bridge in the afternoons, but sadly we did not get to experience that due to the high temps. Better luck this time I hope!
One of the Towers
Heading over the Bridge
View of the Castle
One of the 30 Statues