Another day in Prague
Trip Start Jun 01, 2013
21Trip End Jun 23, 2013
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After a bit of looking around we decided that it was close enough to 10 o'clock for it to be worth going around to the Mucha Museum, which opened at 10 am.
We then went back to the hotel for a brief regroup, before David met Petr Teply for a lunch meeting with Jakub Seidler (from the Czech National Bank), while Marion went off to Namesti Republiky for some shopping.
Petr is great mine of information on Prague, and he was able to tell us that the building with the red fašade that we had noted earlier in the week (see Wednesday’s blog) was in fact the headquarters of the Czech Communist Party. All our way around we kept on noticing remarkable buildings form earlier times, particularly the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the survival of which is a reflection of Prague not having been subject to significant military attack or bombardment since the Swedish army had captured the city in the 1640s.
We noticed in the streets a number of brass inscribed plaques sunk into the cobble stones. The usually are about one person who lived in the nearby house and was taken away during World War 2 and did not survive.
David met up with Marion after lunch, and we worked our way back to the hotel, to have a bit of a packing up in preparation for our departure from Prague tomorrow.
The shopping centre, Namesti Republiky has 200 shops with many being clothing shops. The prices are lower than many areas and the quality seemed to be good. Unfortunately, as there is no one to carry our bags home for us, Marion bought a light jersey to wear in what we expect to be the cooler climate of Helsinki.
On the way back to the hotel, Marion decided she wanted an ice cream. We went up to what we thought was an ice cream stand in Wenceslas Square and found it was something quite different. Instead we saw tiny little (pea-sized) balls and asked to taste them, Marion chose melon balls.
The evening was devoted to dinner with David’s colleague Petr and two of his students, Tereza and Tomas who are planning on starting a PhD in the near future. We had a wonderful meal at a restaurant, called U Seminaristy, that we had visited with Petr on an earlier visit. Marion got the chance to eat rabbit (delicious) and David succumbed to duck again. On our way to the restaurant, Petr took us to see the parody statue of a man on an upside down horse. This is one of the more serious statues of a horse In Wenceslas Square turned upside down.