But not wanting to waste time reading about it in my hotel room (which was rather lovely by the way), I put a few essentials in my daypack and armed with my new Nikon Coolpix camera (a frantic Amazon purchase the weekend prior upon discovering my trusty 5+ year old Fuji Finepix had died), I set off to roam the streets.
I was staying in a rather lovely part of Prague called Vinohrady (means Vineyard - how apt) which is just on the outskirts of the New Town...
|My first spires - St Ludmila's Church in Namesti Miru|
|Art Nouveau: Vinohrady Theatre and its winged figures, Drama and Opera|
|The first of MANY photos of random, un-named but pretty buildings|
|You got the Red Man pic becuse I was busy crossing on the green and too scared to stop in the middle.|
...and being of an inquisitive nature, set my mental compass and began to walk towards it. I got rather close too and but for the sake of this headless man who 'showed the way'...
|Wenceslas Square - that's St Wenceslas on the horse with the flag!|
|The gilded rooftop from afar became The National Museum|
|Monument to student Jan Palek who, in protest against Communism, burnt himself to death in 1969 (the year I was born!)|
Anyhow, it seemed that a stroll down this (in)famous square was in order...
|A bustling Friday night|
|More amazing architecture (you saw the Grand Europa Hotel in my previous post)|
|The doorway to happiness? A modern and slightly jarring touch|
|Market stalls - souvenirs and sausages galore|
|This looks like it should be in a Wild West Town somewhere|
|A weary traveller|
|More spires against the darkening sky|
So after a quick glance at the stern features of this silent spectator...
|Physician Jan Marek|
I entered and emerged to this...a veritable architectural masterclass!
|The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall Tower|
|A mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles carefully restored following the Prague Uprising in 1945.|
|Monument to Jan Hus and the gothic Our Lady Before Tyn Church|
|Rococo Kinsky Palace (now an art gallery)|
|Church of St Nicholas, classic Baroque|
|A little 'night' music|
|View from my resting point - calm after the bustle of the Square|
|My first Pilsener|
|It's a (red) meaty city is Prague but I managed to find a passable chicken gnocchi on the menu|
|A performance every hour|
He played a little 'herald', waved his cape and took a bow on each of the four sides of the tower. Wow - climbing those stairs and trumpeting like that must take some lung power. (Please don't say he takes the lift and destroy my illusions.)
I tried to find out whether there was any historic significance to this but the 'best' I got was 'it's just for the tourists'. Illusions destroyed (unless you rekindle these by sharing your own learnings on the matter?)
By this time, it was getting dark-ish and so I decided to head in the general direction of the Vlatava River to catch a glimpse of the Charles Bridge. I went a little off piste and didn't land right where I thought I would but emerged a little down river to be greeted by this...
|Charles Bridge and Prague Castle|
So it was time to head along the river and the darkened streets of the New Town back to the hotel...
|Fabulous rooms at the Hotel Le Palais|
If you enjoyed this one, here are my other Prague posts for your leisurely perusal:
Prague Preview...Just A Peek