Off the (tourist) beaten track in Prague

Trip Start Sep 24, 2012
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Trip End Nov 02, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Friday, October 19, 2012

Enough of Castles and museum for at least a day, now to see less visited sites and more of how the people of Prague live. Off Wenceles Square there is much to explore. First we saw the only cubist lamppost in the world (happy to be corrected, or L. Planet is), hidden gardens, deco and Art Noveou buildings with organic and geometric designs, and delicate modern sculptures.
Another challenging Cerny sculpture hangs from the domed ceiling of an Art Deco shopping arcade. A new take on Wenceles on his horse, with the horse and rider hanging upside down from an atrium. A magnificent deco staircase in red marble is the entrance to the picture theatre.

For the afternoon we walked out further to the 19 and early 20C suburbs, many houses having been derelict until after the end of communist rule. Our first destination after leaving Wenceles Square was 'Mir (Peace) Square' . Circling this city garden are stunning deco buildings and the Royal Opera House; a unique and opulent building. Magnificent!.

We walked a trail that lead us around Prague's most prestigious and expensive real estate. These are apartments of 5 storey and preserved and renovated high deco period set amongst wide tree lined streets. It was a walk into the past. Oddities within this were - one of the old vineyards still in operation off one of the parks, the futuristic TV tower with 10 Cerny huge black babies crawling up the sides, and early 20 C church of a completely different style to all others in Czech. Very beautiful in a more simplistic style than the Gothic etc we usually see. On our return to our apartment we had walked over 12 kilometres with our return journey slightly down hill.

After the disappointment of not being able to book at a recommended restaurant we decided to treat our selves to the upmarket Tri Stoletti. It didn't disappoint as it was the best food we ate in Prague. To our surprise the bill at the end of the night was almost the same as a pub meal.
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