Well, we did what we were told and just spent the better part of 5 days in Prague along with most of Italy, Japan, Germany, England and America. The City of A Thousand Spires was crawling with humanity in a horrendous soup of heat and humidity. A smelting pot, if you will.
There is a big difference between Prague and Vienna. In Vienna, the moment a pedestrian steps into the street, drivers stop the car. They might not be thrilled, but they stop and wait. In Prague, drivers not only speed up, they do it gleefully, hoping to run you down. Jake will attest to the fact that children are fair game. We adapted to this new order in short order.
For visitors, Prague is a walking city, a cobblestone city, a Bohemian city, a hostel and backpacking city, a beer city, a patchwork of elegance and despair woven together. It is a city curving with art nouveau facades mixed with the geometry of the cubist movement along with shards of Communism. It is also a city where the centuries old Jewish Ghetto is now adjacent to the modern day luxury shopping avenue, where Jesus and Jazz coexist on the Charles Bridge. We hoofed it through a crossroads of history, from Prague Castle to the Museum of Communism.
As we left Vienna last Sunday, a neighbor asked if we were escaping to the lake country. "Oh, NO!" I exclaimed with excitement, "We are going to Prague!" As the elevator door closed he responded, "Well, Prague is a city." Now I know what he means. Everyone should look both ways and experience Prague, the City.
|Old Town Square|
|Astronomical Clock est. 1410|
|Colors of Old Town|
|Pick Your Poison|
|Havel Market est. 1232|
|Ooo, hoo Witchy Woman|
|One of Many Fine Czech Brews|
|Old Jewish Cemetery|
|Prague at Night|
|View to Prague Castle|
|Jazz and Jesus|
|The Johnsons Take Prague|
|St. Vitus Cathedral|
|Cubist House of the Black Madonna|
|Relics of the Past|
|Museum Next to McDonald's and Casino|
|Church of Mother of God Before Tyn from Astronomical Clock Tower Take 1|