Hot Zombie Fairy Tale

Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
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Trip End Aug 06, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, July 26, 2013

I found a gay bar last night, where I met a couple from Stockholm and where I was given a gay map (!) of Prague. This is apparently a very liberal city and we are staying in the gayborhood.

The next morning I had a leisurely breakfast at a tiny cafe. Erin arrived late afternoon and I dragged her tired butt all over old town. We had dinner on a quiet plaza at a fun restaurant serving local cuisine and beer. There was a band playing electronic music around the corner. The evening was hot.

We ended our night at that same gay bar, staying up until almost 2AM! Erin is a rock star!

The night was hot too. Have you heard about the 100 degree weather in this part of the world? Our amazing LOFT doesn't have air conditioning. We have a couple of small fans though. I slept right up next to my fan, like a Teddyfan. Awwww.

This morning was leisurely again. We went down to the old town again, to see it while wide awake. Again, there were surprises around every corner. We explored the Jewish quarter, where the bulidings have gorgeous Art Nouveau accents. We saw a graveyard, which dates back to the 15th century. Because buying more land was not possible, people here are buried 12 layers deep. 12,000 tombstones crowd together here, and it's estimated that 100,000 people are buried here!

We crossed the Charles bridge, along which you find musicians - the musicians here are registered professionals and really atmosphere the place - caricature artists and Baroque statues of saints. The construction of the bridge began in 1357 and was finished in the 1400s. It has three Gothic towers, one which is famously astounding. Charles is a pedestrian bridge connecting the old town with the castle town. Upon seeing the castle town for the first time, I exclaimed, "F***ing Prague!", to which E replied "A god-d*** fairy tale."

We had dinner down at the foot of the castle town, with a view of the bridge. We were next to a wide cobblestone walkway that provide tourist-watching entertainment. After dinner, we ventured into the park, where a party of young folks were drinking wine on picnic blankets. We passed a 10 foot tall wall, painted with chalkboard paint and which asked "What do you want to do before you die?" Buckets of chalk hung from the top of the wall, and people had used that chalk to write their answers on the lines provided. My favorites: "to live", "to learn French", "to love Lisa", "experience world peace". Further on, we saw some (intentionally?) disturbing large baby sculptures, on which crawled real children. You never know.

Guess what we saw down by the Vltava river? Swans? Yes. A bride? YES! Where do I sign up for this club? Brides across the planet!

I have not given enough detail about the extreme heat. We were melting all day, puddling in the shadows of buildings, trying to focus our eyes and brains under searing sunlight. When the sun finally set, we were energized and found it funny to realize how much like zombies we'd been all day. Heat zombies. The cool evening energy kept us exploring the cobbled streets until way past midnight.
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