As it turned out I am glad we did get a bit lost, and I am glad we stopped and had lunch. Because we were just in time for the Changing of the Guard and at Noon they do it with fanfare! We arrived just in time. Any earlier and we wouldn’t have known it even happened!
Here they come, from somewhere…..two of them will be the replacements. This is taken in the square in front of the castle.
It is nothing like in Athens when they change their guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. There tourists see it as a bit of lark, with very tall men wearing short skirts and wearing pompoms on their toes! And even though they look severe, you get the feeling they are just a "laugh away" (Although I have heard that is a very wrong concept – they are quite capable of handling their guns and quickly). Here it was a bit scary. Maybe because of the Germanic appearance. Rigid soldiers with steel in their eyes which said, "Don’t mess with me" attitude. Heavy and stiff overcoats, fur hats, and grim faces. Very Nazi, I thought, although I think the Czech’s would not like me for thinking that.
Passing in through the Castle Gates. Lots of people watching both outside and inside.
Changing of guard
Doesn’t he look severe!
Hmmm. No one had their pictures taken with them.
The musicians stood in windows which was interesting I thought. (Sorry about the bald head! Ha, ha)
And now we will proceed into the Second Courtyard (this is the First Courtyard) where we must then decide what tickets to buy…etc.