|Jo Crawshaw, Me and a few other friends (who decline to be named or photographed 🙂 set off to Prague.Prague is one of the places I have always really wanted to see, and I was looking forward to it.
Sarah stayed home, in order to save for our New York trip.
|We saw this add for a car rental company.Most of the cars we saw were western and quite modern, which surprised me as Prague had been part of the eastern block, during the cold war.|
|We stayed in the superb diplomat hotel and had a brief “party” in our room, where the min-bar was raided.Here we pass through the front gates of the Castle, where armed soldiers perform a similar role to the ones in Buckingham Palace.|
|Heading West out of the Castle, we walk down some historic steps, before crossing the a bridge and visiting the Jewish Quarter.|
|An alternative route to the centre, was a walk through the famous Letna Park, which had spectacular views of Prague.|
|The old town square.An eccentric old man, played the trombone at annoying volume.|
|Jo and I visited a Market in the old town square.The sun hitting the square had to be photographed.|
|The famous astronomical clock.Hundreds of people flocked to see it, each hour.
To be honest, I thought it was quit bland.
|A pipe shop, named after Sherlock Holmes.Seemed to be some problem with the spelling.|
|Wenceslass square.Not particularly different from any major shopping area, in any major city in the world.
|At the top of Wenceslass square, there was a museum.A student had famously set himself on fire, as a protest against the Russian invasion in 1968.
He died after 4 agonising days, there is a cross outside the museum to commemorate him.
|The internationally famous Buffalo Bills Mexican restaurant.For one reason and another, we never actually got to eat there.|
|Statue in the park next to the Jesuit College.|
|Prague Botanical Garden.I hadn’t completely thought this through, but since it was winter, everything was dead.
Was nice to walk through the park though.
|The famous Ginger and Fred building.Apparently, its a building made to look like 2 buildings dancing together.|
|The only authentic thing in Wenceslass square, is the internationally famous Europa Hotel.It was featured in the film Mission Impossible.|
|We went inside for a drink.The décor was like being in a Dickens novel.|
|St Charles Bridge.|
|As we crossed the bridge, we stopped off, to visit Kampa Island.
A rock band were performing a concert there.
They weren’t exactly Metalica, but they were enthusiastic and didn’t cost any money.
|A bit hard to see, but there was a drinking hall on Kampa Island, called Pub 1 (as you can imagine, it was next to another called Pub 2 !).
Its a bit hard to see, but the roof inside was perfectly curved.
|The east gate of Prague castle.
It features 2 statues of Hercules.
|3 Photo’s of St Vitus’s chapel in Prague Castle.|
|View from the castle out over Prague.|
|We walk down from the castle, through Nerudova street in the little quarter.
The little quarter was my favourite part of Prague.
|One of the many excellent beer halls, on Nerudova Street.
The logo denotes the name of the building, the house of the 3 fiddlers, as previously, 3 violinists had lived here.
|The Church of St Nicholas, further down Nerudova street.|
|Another view of St Charles bridge, showing a bit more of the river.|
|National Theatre, taken from the little quarter.|
|A more detailed view of the Theatre building.|
|A tobacco shop, modelled on Winston Churchill.|
|To finish off the trip, before our flight home, we relax in a beer hall, next to the Old Town Square.|