Are three days enough to see Prague? No, but they are enough to get a good perspective on the tourist “corridor”, and we certainly covered that. These are likely the high points of any trip to Prague. It is interesting that the west side of the Vitava River it is very hilly and on the east quite flat. This made walking much easier on the east side, which is where we did most of our sight-seeing.
No visit to Prague is complete without a visit to see a troll. This guy was just around the corner from where we were staying. Surprisingly, he was much much friendlier than the wait staff. (We are finding the “friendliness” an ongoing point of interest. Generally, there isn’t any.) We had a drink there on our last afternoon – 3 glasses of wine and a beer. After the server delivered the two whites, Scott volunteered to hand me my red. “NO! DO NOT TOUCH!” was her response.
Also around the corner was what appeared to be an old time beer hall. There is no whining about smoking in here – consider yourself at the mercy of the smokers.
What are the odds? We saw this bride posing on the steps just outside our place while we were having lunch on our first day. A couple of hours later, there she was again, waltzing across the Charles Bridge (Karlovy Most) – this time with the groom.
On a wandering day, Terry and I came across these sculptures. We came up from behind them and they look just like three crawling babies – until you see the “faces” . Then they are just down right creepy.
This is the door to the Spanish embassy. Now it is an interesting door, to be sure. However what is more interesting is that it is next door to the U.S. embassy. There is a sign in front of the the American one saying “No Photos Allowed” and before you can drive past their embassy, your car is stopped, a guy with a mirror checks under it and you are asked a couple of questions. There are also a couple of heavy weight (literally) guards out front. (More on American embassies in a later post.)
A shot of the four of us in front of the Prague Castle, first established around 880.A.D. It was a cloudy day so the colours didn’t come out well.
This is a cool building and this is how they got that look. 1. Paint the entire building black. 2. Paint the entire building white or cream. 3. Scrape away the white which covers the black and which results in the pattern. A work of art? A work of tediousness? A work of a hell of a lot of labour!
A few more examples of works of something.
And here is a different kind of art. “Once a normal wall, since the 1980s this wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. In 1988, this wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and, in a report of the time, this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described ironically as “Lennonism“.” (from Wikipedia)
Just a little more bizarre art. Who knew penguins were on the march?
Finally, from the art world, Nota Bene is not just a fantastic B.C. wine.
If you ever find yourself in Prague and on the west side of the Charles Bridge, looking for a quaint restaurant just below the bridge, look over the side and you will see the Cafe Marnice. Wander down and check it out – and then quickly leave. Bad food, bad service, bad prices. Consider yourself warned.
On the other hand, Ria and Scott did enjoy the wine.
Prague is FULL of churches and they all seem to host classical music concerts of one type or another every evening – all one hour long and all starting at different times in the evening – 5, 6, 6:30, 7 and 8 pm. We were at the Cathedral of St. Clement.
Lenka Dandova sang two variations of Ave Maria – both fantastic.
These are just the bones of some nun, apparently.
The view of Prague from the Petrin Tower – also called the Eiffel Tower as it was built just after the original and is apparently a small copy. 302 steps to the top.
Finally, this is for Lorna. Keep in mind, now, we are 30,000 feet up and that’s the propeller you are seeing. Enjoy.
The Shoe Blog
Okay, this has only a little to do with shoes but it’s tough in Europe -I’m more likely to wind up in jail, I think.