But wait... that's not all!

Trip Start Aug 08, 2006
Trip End Oct 08, 2006

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Monday, October 2, 2006

So this is Praha, the city everyone talks about.
After Finland it was the place I was most looking forward too, having heard a lot of times it is the most beautiful city in the world. But when I got out from the train I was quite disappointed. After finding a place to stay, I wandered around the 'new' town, around the old town and still could find nothing special. But Praha is like the Ginsu knives commercial - it never ends, there is always more and more and more. Have you seen the astronomical clock? That's not all! The national museum? The Charles bridge? That's not all! The overview from the Petrin tower? The Vysehrad? The castle? That's not all! The gardens under the castle? The St. Vitus cathedral? The St. Nicholas' church? The Wallenstein palace? Still that is not all!
You might not like Praha at first sight, but it is big and everything about it is beautiful, so if you stay long enough it will sooner or later overwhelm you. It is similar to the commercial in more than one point, though - it feels too fast-flowing, too streamlined, too... pasteurized. Where is the real Praha? Not in the countless tourist guides waving their umbrellas/roses/torches/fancy hats so no one will get lost. Not in the dozens of languages you can hear in the streets. Not in the flocks of would-be artists fighting for your pennies. Not in the lines of tourists forming to see some atractions. Sometimes it seems more like a theme park than an ancient city, there is something wrong when it is far easier to find an exchange house than a supermarket...
The answer to my question I found in the third day - Praha is alive under the morning mist. When the tourists sleep, you can feel the city and hear its sigh. Enjoy while you can, in some hours it will be dead again, trampled by the tourist herds...
Praha is overcrowded and is overhyped, but in the end it still is the most beautiful city I have ever seen.
Getting ready to fly to my surprise destination (it was a surprise even to me!)
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