Prague in the Czech Republic, the City of 100 Spires
There must be a church on every street corner in Prague.
They were beautiful, ornate, and empty.
It seemed the only people there were tourists.
Most churches in Prague today are used for concerts or tourists attractions.
I did a little research about this. I found that.....
The Czech Republic has one of the least religious populations anywhere. Historically, the Czech people have been characterised as "tolerant and even indifferent towards religion". From 1991 to 2001, the number of people identifying with no religion increased by 19.1%, or two million people, representing the largest group increase. Adherence to Christianity decreased by over one million persons. ( Wikipedia)
|This is how the site of Nazi party rallies looks today.|
|The Nazi party rally grounds between 1933-1938 |
was a huge site with monumental buildings
where the party rallies were held.
The Hitler Youth and Hitler's military troops
had their parades on these grounds.
|A reminder for us all....|
Somewhere in Germany along
the Main and Rhine Rivers
|Altar Guild lady is getting the church ready for Sunday services.|
Most of Germany practices Christianity.
The two major denominations in Germany today are the Lutheran Church and Roman Catholicism.
The Lutheran Church is the largest denomination in Germany. (Wikipedia)
That makes sense. Remember Martin Luther was German.
|A castle or a palace???|
|A castle is built on a hill as a fortress.|
|A palace is built in a valley as a residence.|
|Sometimes palaces have cute guards!|
|Castle or a Palace???|
I'm not sure!
|We learned why rows in vineyards are planted vertically.|
|Makes picking the grapes easier....|
|Sometimes you can even sample wine from the vineyards.|
This was at the home of a real live prince.
It must have been a palace!
|Navigating the rivers would be impossible |
without a system of locks.
|On this trip we went through 34 different sets of locks.|
|A lock makes it possible to move from |
one level of water to another.
It reminds me of a big bathtub.
|Wouldn't it be nice if we could both be|
right there right now
enjoying a caffe?