Mincing Around in Prague
Trip Start May 13, 2008
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We didn't have any plans - and we had covered most of the city sights just walking around yesterday. So firstly we caught the tram into town and climbed up a rather large set of steps, which brought us to Letna Park, where the Prague metronome is. This was further round from where we were yesterday on Petrin Hill, but gave us another bird's eye view down onto the city. It was really quiet up here, especially considering the vast swarms of tourists around the city centre, but some it had become a bit run down... people were hanging shoes across electricity lines for kicks! Then there was a giant swing, resembling the theme park galleon (Mum's favourite ride of course...) so we had a go on that for a while, until it became a little too sickening...
After chilling in the park for a while, I suggested we go and see the Terracotta Army Exhibition which was in Prague for the first time. So we caught 3 trams back across the city to where the exhibit was, and were made to surrender our cameras :( The first part of the exhibition was quite funny - there were some excavated tools and bits and bobs from the site in China and a load of traditional Chinese outfits, and a lot of text in sometimes broken English explaining about all the Chinese Dynastys, and why the army was built. Obviously its a Czech exhibition, but you'd think they'd get an English-speaking person to read the English translation before they put it up for everyone, just to check it makes sense... well many times it didn't really!
Downstairs they had countless replicas of the warriors - a mini version (1:10 scale), and a "life size" version - they were actually quite tall. Joey remarked that the Chinese must have shrunk quite a bit since the time of the Army... Anyway, they were creepy! They looked alive and ominous all lined up together, imagine how scary it would have been to actually discover them. It was so intriguing, I definitely want to go to China and see them all... although I did think their faces looked more Mongolian than Chinese actually.
So I thought the exhibition was brilliant... in the same building was the famous Prague "upside down horse", equally brilliant!
We went for lunch right down by the river, and caught the last of the sun really, as the sky started to cloud over a fair bit after that. Anyway, lunch was amazing!! Mum and I had baked aubergine with feta cheese and garlic... and aubergine is pretty much my favourite thing ever, I always order it, so this was the best lunch in the world. It was meant to be a starter though, and it was massive!
Next we went in a local supermarket, "Albert" to scout out any cheap and interesting goods. There was a beer called Bernard, and heaps and heaps of rice cakes, some covered in caramel, yoghurt, chocolate etc, but not too much crazy jazz... must do better next time Albert. We bought some beer for Dad and took it back to the hotel to chill out for a bit. Quite surprisingly it didn't actually rain at all, and we had dinner outside again in the main square - pizza this time, but it definitely wasn't impressive enough for a picture. After a couple of drinks at the Irish pub we went to on the first night it was time for the crowning glory of the trip, a giant ice cream :D :D
I ordered the Dulche Leche ice cream - I can't even begin to list everything that was in it. Actually no, go on, caramel ice cream, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, walnuts, chocolate wafer, meringue pieces, whipped cream, chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce.... Wow. Joey ordered an equally large one - possibly peach and banana, and Mum got a miniscule tiramisu in comparison. Happy, happy days... why does food like this not exist in England...!!
So Prague was fab - 3 days was enough for us. The weather and the place - as everyone has told me - was indeed beautiful... so yes, you should go!
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