Prague!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2010
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Trip End Jan 26, 2011


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, November 13, 2010

A not too early, not too late start.  It's a beautiful day again, certainly not cold. Our part of Prague is very pretty and feels old, but nothing compared to the squares we were in today.  In the old part of Prague are towers and churches and buildings that date back to the 14th century.  It's all very picture postcard pretty.  With a dusting of snow it would look like a Christmas Card.  In and around the Old Town Square, we saw the concert hall where Mozart's Don Giovani premiered, the mechanical clock and wonderful old ornate buildings.  They have carvings, and statues and decoration and gold stars and paintings and decorative glass.  So over the top and so right here.

All of Prague that we have seen so far has cobbled streets and pavements.  The stones are from dark and light cubes of granite are made into beautiful patterns - mostly based on squares.  In central Prague, when the road went undercover  - perhaps through to a courtyard area behind a street - the cobbles are the same size, but are of cubes of timber. Lovely as this all looks, it becomes quite hard on the feet.  Several times we noticed women's shoe heels that had become wedged in the paving!  Our feet a suffering a little tonight.

At the Old Town Square we waited to watch the mechanical clock strike two o'clock - it's quite entertaining, with a little skeleton puling a wire to set it all in motion.  From there we climbed the town hall tower for the best view of Prague.  Well actually Eliza wizzed up in the glass lift and we waved at her as we gave our thighs a workout, walking up a carefully designed spiral ramp, which was not as strenuous as steps might have been.

Baz was delighted to find a coin press at the top of the tower and now has a lopsided pressing of a Prague Bridge to add to his collection of personally pressed coins.

From the top of the tower we had a most wonderful view of the surrounding city.  It seems that the city of Prague has been maintained as an old city, and anything new is very much on the outskirts. Looking down on the town square we could see a market - it's something to do with food and wine, and had a look, feel and smell of a medieval market when we visited it later.  Woodfired pizza, whole hams and fat sausages cooking over woodsmoke, and wonderful curley cinnamon dough baking on hot coals.  Also there was a blacksmith plying his trade, and people selling mulled wine and mead.  We plan to return for dinner sometime if we have time.

Tonight we divide along lines of interest.  TIm and Eliza are going to the Buena Vista Social Club, while Berenice and Baz will be at the Prague Black Light Theatre.  This style of theatre is a specifically Prague thing, so we'll give it a go.  

Prague has concerts, opera, ballet and theatre every night, so we will have to pace ourselves and our budget.  

Eliza is kicking herself (and us) that Lady Ga Ga is performing in Prague the day we leave and was in Budapest just before we arrived.
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