Prague

TEN THINGS ABOUT PRAGUE

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  1. Having studied Russian at school really helps understand a bit of Czech!
  2. Prague is very beautiful.
  3. Transit is very inexpensive, an annual pass costs 4,750 CZK which is about $265 CDN.
  4. The old town is almost completely a pedestrian area. This is very nice.
  5. There seems to be a fair bit of 'adult' entertainment. Also a lot of dark history.
  6. We found an awesome equestrian store. It had three floors! We spent at least an hour there on a rainy day looking at all kinds of cool stuff and bought a pair of pants for Lili. Dance and Jump!
  7. Thanks to Airbnb we made a new friend in our host, who is also women's rights activist. Yay! I will definitely keep in touch with her and her friends.
  8. The Czechiest (is that a word?) souvenirs are enamel, and clock things.
  9. Lili says: People are happy. And lots of people have dogs. We did not see many Czech children though.
  10. The Vaclav Havel Airport has the best ever airport scale model - made entirely out of Legos! Happy kids can push the buttons to make the planes and cars move while adults wait in line to check in. Very well done.
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PRAGUE BY NIGHT

Tonight we went out for a tram ride in the evening. It is very easy to get around here, and much of the old town is a pedestrian area. Great for warm summer nights! 

 

Goofing around on the tram. 

Goofing around on the tram. 

View across the river towards the Castle. 

View across the river towards the Castle. 

The Rudolphinium, home of the Czech Philharmonic. I was thinking of catching a concert there but the orchestra are on vacation. Only some chamber groups are performing in the small hall. We have nothing against chamber music (on the contrary) but the small hall has a flat floor so it is not a good experience for a child who likes to see the musicians...

The Rudolphinium, home of the Czech Philharmonic. I was thinking of catching a concert there but the orchestra are on vacation. Only some chamber groups are performing in the small hall. We have nothing against chamber music (on the contrary) but the small hall has a flat floor so it is not a good experience for a child who likes to see the musicians...

The old town square. The lighting design is very well done! 

The old town square. The lighting design is very well done! 

Lili loves going to see the sightseeing horses. 

Lili loves going to see the sightseeing horses. 

Good night. A nice view to end with - an embracing wedding couple being captured in nocturnal photos.  

Good night. A nice view to end with - an embracing wedding couple being captured in nocturnal photos.  

WELCOME TO PRAGUE

We are in Prague. It is so beautiful here. Lili said today 'Mommy are you sure we did not take the wrong plane and fly to Paris instead?'

There are many similarities indeed, with lovely buildings, a river through the city, many bridges and even a small Eiffel Tower! 

The famous Charles bridge. 

The famous Charles bridge. 

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Lili at John Lennon wall - a place where activists painted peace messages every night in a cat and mouse game with the communist regime apparatchiks.   

Lili at John Lennon wall - a place where activists painted peace messages every night in a cat and mouse game with the communist regime apparatchiks.

 

Prague is Frantz Kafka's city. Here is his famous statue in the Jewish quarter. 

Prague is Frantz Kafka's city. Here is his famous statue in the Jewish quarter. 

Full disclosure: I am an opera nut. This is the theater where Don Giovanni premiered in 1787. 

Full disclosure: I am an opera nut. This is the theater where Don Giovanni premiered in 1787. 

Wedding photos in the Old Town Square. 

Wedding photos in the Old Town Square. 

I will add to this post with more pictures as they become available. 

View from the Prague Castle. 

View from the Prague Castle. 

The Astronomical Clock. We are staying about five minutes away from it. 

The Astronomical Clock. We are staying about five minutes away from it.