Today's list included St Vitus' Cathedral, "The Story of Prague Castle" exhibition, the Convent of St George National Gallery, and the Rosenburg palace. Again, there was a bewildering amount of stuff to see, with the Cathedral and the National Gallery being the highlights. Of all the history learned over the course of the two days, one event stood out as a clear favourite. In 1618 a failed uprising by the local Catholic nobility against the ruling Protestant class lead to the trial of two of the rebel noble leaders. In a palace room overlooking the castle ramparts, the hapless fellows were found guilty and sentenced to defenestration - death by being thrown from a window. In the ensuing kerfuffle, an unwitting secretary to the two men was also seized, and the three men thrown the window. Whether by the grace of God or a fortunately placed pile of manure, all three men survived the 21 metre fall and the subsequent musket fire and returned to their homes relatively unscathed.
Being New Years Eve, we had booked a dinner package at a cosy cellar restaurant on the edge of the river, right at the base of the Charles bridge on the Old Town side. For our 1000 Forints each($50), we got both got a litre of beer, an entree, soup, a main, two glasses of champagne, dessert (a very yummy dessert) and a second dinner (of sausage and lentil salad). All of this served by friendly tartan-clad witers, over a romantic candlelit table for two, besides a terrace overlooking the water and 20 minutes of spectacular fireworks and you have our New Years of 2011/2012. The only downer was a quite painful walk home along the glass littered streets (we overestimated our public transport options).