Walking the Beautiful Streets of Prague
Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
30Trip End Jul 20, 2009
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Brandon's House (CS host)
Today, I got up early and went to see all the sights that I didn't get to see yesterday, which was pretty much everything, since most stuff was closed by the time I got to them last night... I started off with strolling down Wenceslas Square and into some little local market streets. Then I went to the Old Town Square and since it was almost noon, I stayed to see the clock chime the hour even though I had seen it yesterday evening. It started drizzling and I had stupidly left my umbrella behind (after thinking about going back to get it after stepping out the door this morning!), so I had to buy another cheap umbrella
I stopped by the Franciscan rose garden, which was really kind of disappointing, and then headed to the other side of the river to see the castle grounds. I enjoyed the views and made my way over to find the "Singing Fountain" in the Royal Gardens, north of the castle. Not too easy to find! Eventually I did find it though and glad that I did. It doesn't actually sing, but when you lean your head close, you hear the music of the water pinging against the metal that makes up the basin of the fountain - especially enjoyable in the complete silence of the deserted garden!
After that, I went off in search of the John Lennon wall. I found it and spent quite awhile reading all the things people had written and finding some neat pictures, as well as adding a few words of my own. Then it was off to some other gardens that I had been wanting to see. They were by far my favorite! They had this neat grotto wall, a cage with furry owls, a fountain and statues leading to a big pond, tall hedges everywhere, and two sets of peacocks - one pair of regular ones and one pair of white ones!
For dinner I went to this restaurant that I had heard serves ostrich and had an ostrich fillet in butter, herbs, and red wine sauce. Of course I was intrigued and was quite pleased. The meat is actually quite flavorful and tender, slightly salty. I suppose it could have been the cooking, but it didn't taste like anything I've ever had before though, so I am inclined to think that it was the flavor of the meat itself that was so distinct. It was about $17, more than I would normally care to spend on food when I am traveling, but obviously it was different and worth trying, so definatly worth it.
After dinner, I attending one of the black light shows that exist here. It was interesting and again more than I might have wanted to spend, but still one of the cheapest prices I could find at all the different theaters. Plus from what I've heard the theater I went to has a very decent reputation for quality shows. I enjoyed about half the dances and was surprised at how funny the mimes were. They weren't the classic French mimes, nor were they completely silent for that matter... but I don't know what else to call them really, but I found them quite amusing!
Brandon and I shared some Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka) that I'd bought in Poland. I had been waiting for someone to share it with, so we each had a small taste of it by itself before mixing the rest of my little bottle with some apple juice - which I know sounds strange but is actually the way they drink it in Poland. It has a distinct, pleasant taste - slightly sweet and something like a cinnamon/vanilla aftertaste. : )