Walking the Beautiful Streets of Prague

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Brandon's House (CS host)

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yesterday when I arrived in Prague, I got a quick overview tour with Brandon and then explored on my own while he was in class. I got to see the clock tower, made my wish on the St. Charles bridge, enjoyed all creativity of all the different marionette shops, and generally just enjoyed wandering around the streets. Got a bit disoriented, but what's new when you first arrive in a new place on your own? : ) Although I have gotten much better about regaining my bearings!

Today, I got up early and went to see all the sights that I didn't get to see yesterday, which was pretty much everything, since most stuff was closed by the time I got to them last night... I started off with strolling down Wenceslas Square and into some little local market streets. Then I went to the Old Town Square and since it was almost noon, I stayed to see the clock chime the hour even though I had seen it yesterday evening. It started drizzling and I had stupidly left my umbrella behind (after thinking about going back to get it after stepping out the door this morning!), so I had to buy another cheap umbrella. I guess I will just leave it here for Brandon if he ever needs an extra one for himself or a friend. That will teach me to err on the side of caution going forward on that one...

I stopped by the Franciscan rose garden, which was really kind of disappointing, and then headed to the other side of the river to see the castle grounds. I enjoyed the views and made my way over to find the "Singing Fountain" in the Royal Gardens, north of the castle. Not too easy to find! Eventually I did find it though and glad that I did. It doesn't actually sing, but when you lean your head close, you hear the music of the water pinging against the metal that makes up the basin of the fountain - especially enjoyable in the complete silence of the deserted garden!

After that, I went off in search of the John Lennon wall. I found it and spent quite awhile reading all the things people had written and finding some neat pictures, as well as adding a few words of my own. Then it was off to some other gardens that I had been wanting to see. They were by far my favorite! They had this neat grotto wall, a cage with furry owls, a fountain and statues leading to a big pond, tall hedges everywhere, and two sets of peacocks - one pair of regular ones and one pair of white ones! Not only that, but the male peacock actually fanned out all his colorful feathers. I don't think that I have ever seen that before - plus I managed to get a picture with him (not too fantastic, as it was a hasty tripod setup since I wasn't sure how long he would have his tail up, but the picture exists...)

For dinner I went to this restaurant that I had heard serves ostrich and had an ostrich fillet in butter, herbs, and red wine sauce. Of course I was intrigued and was quite pleased. The meat is actually quite flavorful and tender, slightly salty. I suppose it could have been the cooking, but it didn't taste like anything I've ever had before though, so I am inclined to think that it was the flavor of the meat itself that was so distinct. It was about $17, more than I would normally care to spend on food when I am traveling, but obviously it was different and worth trying, so definatly worth it.

After dinner, I attending one of the black light shows that exist here. It was interesting and again more than I might have wanted to spend, but still one of the cheapest prices I could find at all the different theaters. Plus from what I've heard the theater I went to has a very decent reputation for quality shows. I enjoyed about half the dances and was surprised at how funny the mimes were. They weren't the classic French mimes, nor were they completely silent for that matter... but I don't know what else to call them really, but I found them quite amusing!

Brandon and I shared some Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka) that I'd bought in Poland. I had been waiting for someone to share it with, so we each had a small taste of it by itself before mixing the rest of my little bottle with some apple juice - which I know sounds strange but is actually the way they drink it in Poland. It has a distinct, pleasant taste - slightly sweet and something like a cinnamon/vanilla aftertaste. : )
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