Dobrý den Prague

Dobrý den (“dob-ri-den” : Czech for hello)

Walking around this ancient capital, the first fact you may noticed was that the name Czech Republic is synonymous with Bohemia. This word is written and mentioned everywhere and the people are very proud of their history. The second fact you would noticed is that Czechs love their beer. The ubiquitous pubs are great places to hang out and meet people. Most pubs brew their own beer and they taste great. This city teems with all kinds of culture for everyone.  I really enjoyed my time here.

Old Town 

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Old Town Square with the Church of Our Lady before Týn in the background

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Astronomical Clock Tower, Old Town Square

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the Astronomical Clock, its oldest mechanism was installed in 1410 and still functioning. Composed of 3 parts: the astronomical dial that represents the position of the Sun and Moon, the Walk of the Apostles, and a calendar dial. Every hour people gather below to watch the apostles and other figures parade out from the top windows. These moving figures were quite a sight to see.

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Old Town Square

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Old Town Square

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Old Town Square

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New Town

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Wenceslas Square/boulevard, center of business and other cultural buildings.

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building along Wenceslas Square

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Wenceslas Square

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street by National Theatre

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side view, National Theatre.

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National Theatre, one of the most important theatre in Prague.

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“Dorian Gray” playing in the National Theatre

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sculpture outside of the National Theatre

Dancing House (or Fred and Ginger) by Czech architect Vlado Milunić

Dancing House (or Fred and Ginger) by Czech architect Vlado Milunić

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Hradčany and Lesser Town

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. An impressive gothic architecture.

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

gold details, St Vitus Cathedral

gold details, St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

St. Wenceslas Chapel inside St Vitus Cathedral

Interior St Vitus Cathedral including the St. Wenceslas Chapel 

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exterior sculpture, St Vitus Cathedral

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St Vitus Cathedral

 

gates, Prague Castle

gates to Prague Castle

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Nerudova street, Castle District. Very cute street lined with shops and restaurants leading up to Prague Castle

Nerudova street, Castle District. Very cute street lined with shops and restaurants leading up to Prague Castle

Nerudova Street

Nerudova Street

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John Lennon Wall.  Back in the 80s young Czechs would paint their government grievances on this stretch of wall.  The police would paint over it, then the people would write graffiti all over again.  This is the current state of the wall, and is now considered a symbol of love, peace, and other ideals.

John Lennon Wall. Back in the 80s young Czechs would paint their government grievances on this stretch of wall. The police would paint over it, then the people would write graffiti all over again. This is the current state of the wall, and is now considered a symbol of love, peace, and other ideals.

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Charles Bridge, a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river. It connects the Castle District with the Old Town. It is usually lined with art vendors and performers.

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Charles Bridge

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the Madonna and Child, one of the sculptures lining the Charles Bridge

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Charles Bridge sculptures

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Vltava river from the Charles Bridge

Vltava river from the Charles Bridge

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Around Prague

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pregnant lady metal sculpture.

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Franz Kafka on his own headless body

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marionettes/puppets abound in Czech Republic. I brought home my very own harlequin marionette 🙂

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Vinohrady District

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a peak inside the very crowded Jewish Cemetery, holding more than 12,000 tombstones

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hearty Czech meal!

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Trdelník. I love this stuff! I first saw these in Budapest and makes a really good snack. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with cinnamon, or sugar and walnut mix.

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a remnant of the original city wall can be seen below the surface, inside the metro line

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Prague rooftops

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“I have found myself where I got lost…”

 

 

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