Prague and Kutna Hora

Trip Start Apr 05, 2007
Trip End Aug 15, 2007

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Got the bus back to Prague on Sunday and met Geordie close to the hotel.  We had decided to treat ourselves to a little luxury after not having seen each other for nearly 6 weeks.  Of course, Prague being the expensive city it now is, our hotel was not exactly luxurious.

We went out 3 of the 4 nights we stayed in Prague.  Firstly we went to the famous Prague Kiriziks light and water fountain set to the music by Michael Jackson.  Unfortunately the sun was not low enough to fully appreciate the effects but it was great nonetheless.  The fountain spurts differently in time to the music and different coloured lights are set to highlight some of the water.  Very nice when totally dark. 
The second night we went to see a Black Light Theatre show where there are very few lights on stage and costumes/props glow in the dark.  Props are all oversized and black clothed props people carry/dance them across the stage as if they are floating.  Very simple yet amazing show.  The story was called "The Yellow Submarine" so was about the Beatles - very simple and easy to follow (there was no dialogue).
Our last night there we did a night cruise on the river complete with dinner buffet and live band.  The food was great, music not bad but the actual sights seen from the boat not that stunning.  Travelled through 2 locks total 3 hours sailing with return shuttle service to hotel.  Got back to the castle and Charles Bridge just as the sun had set and the lights had come on so I guess that was good timing.

Apart from the usual touristy sights in Prague, we also went to a chocolate art gallery where we viewed some paintings on canvas made with milk and white chocolate - very creative and effective end result.  Got to try painting with chocolate ourselves which was fun - no i didn't eat it as they stipulate that it's not eating chocolate.  how is that possible?!!
One other notable day trip was to Kutna Hora where there is an Ossuary - a church decorated with the bones of 40,000 skeletons which included a 'bone' chandelier.  Interesting yet spooky.  The town itself was quite cute.  We followed the suggested walking route going past all the tourist spots to St Barbaras Cathedral.  It is supposed to rival St Vitus Cathedral in Prague but i didn't think so.  The stained glass windows at St Vitus's are simply amazing when the sun is shining.
Our last day in Prague was spent at Vysehrad, an ancient hilltop fortress perched on a clifftop overlooking the Vltava river.  The main drawcard here is the twinspired church of SS. Peter and Paul.  There are gorgous Art Noveau murals inside from floor to ceiling, you don't know where to start looking.  Amazing.
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