Wencelas square , Mucha museum and Vyshrad

Trip Start May 23, 2013
Trip End Jun 01, 2013

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Monday, May 27, 2013

  •         Early morning after a huge breakfast in Rozmaryna Penzion we start walking to the main bus station. We booked the seats from internet before the trip so we don't know how far is the station.Actually there are two stations , the one we choose is farther from the Rozmaryna. We have to walk into a small side lane consisting of   cobble stones covered with grass  surrounded with real old and crumbled buildings . It is the back street  of the Latran .Fortunately, I , Toey and Tang , my son and daughter had explored the area the day before , so we are confident that we can get through to the main highway outside the small town.
        We emerge into a bigger road leading to Eggenberg building and an old rotundra. Walk across the bridge we we are in the middle of the highway  with cars and buses swiftly running by. To cross this highway we have to take the walkway beneath the road . No  bus station in sight!  We have to ask 3 people before we realize that we have to cross back because there is no footpath on this side . We  walk uphill and there is the sign ! It display "bus station " and an arrow pointing to the left. There we go-- left .
        At last  we arrive Cesky Krumlov bus station safe and sound!
         A lot of people going to Prague by Student Agency bus.We notice two young girls wearing fashionable coats pushing their large luggages towards the bus stop. I take a glance at one of their name tags- there 's a Thai name . So I chat with them a little bit . Now the bus is coming into the bus stop. It is bright yellow , modern , comfortable and value for money. No doubt it is usaully fully booked. We can use Wifi in the bus, a movie to watch and coffee to drink. It take us around 3 hours before we reach Prague. Along the way we pass through yellow field of wild flowers , it spreads on both sides of the road like yellow carpets inviting us into the centre of European civilization.

        The bus stop at Nadrazni which is also a major tram stop and Metro Andel station. We struggle with our luggages and hop on No. 7 tram which runs across the Vlatava river . How exciting! The tram turns right then runs along the river  and there it is -" Vyton"  tram stop. We take off the tram here and walk, dragging our luggages along. Royal Standard Hotel is merely 200 metres away. I searched the internet for hotel int  Prague which can accommodate all our family of four. I stumbled on this Royal Standard Hotel and decided this is the place because it is situated just across from the river. I like river view so much. Here we arrive at last! There are two doors  the one for the reception with a small fountain and another  beautiful one up to the rooms.

        We book an apartment for   4  people and we get a superb one with beautiful river views from a balcony. The  2 bedroom-apartment include a kitchen with microwave and washing
machine. Separate bathroom  with a washing machine and  a toilet .Oh! I forget -there is also a living room  with a delicate chandelier . Every room with a heater. What a worthwhile place for a
Prague holiday! It is beyond our expectation.

        After checking in we are out for our adventures! We know that we have to buy tickets before using the public transportation but we have no coins and when we ask at a booth inside  Karlovo metro station they tell us to buy at the main station -the next stop we plan to get out-- Mustek.
        From Mustek walk out from the exit that read "28 Rijna" . We emerge from the metro looking both way deciding which way to go. I see the spire of one of the hundred spires and say to our group-- that way , if there's a spire there must be something to see. And I'm right !  We are on a walking street with a lot of people be it tourists or townspeople going for their lunch. Yes, lunch! We almost forget that we have not eaten until now it'salmost two o'clock.  Burger King comes to our rescue today . We rest our feet , fill our stomach and ready to continue walking.
        We walk towards the Na Prikope street pass the Wenceslas square . The shops lining this street sell brand name goods , some chain store and some local shopping mall. Na Prikope means " on the ditch" -because it lies along the path of a moat which devide Old Town and New Town. ( In the past they used to throw  sewage and trash here.) Now it is the business center of Prague.

        I am going to find number 7 Panska road which is the Mucha Museum. Mucha was an artist born here but was famous when he designed a poster for Sarah Bernhardt  an actress in Paris. He revolutionalized the design of that time and the Parisians loved his poster the moment it waspasted on paris street. Mucha was the father of  graphic designs nowadays in the style of Art Nouveau .
         Panska is a small back street of the Wencelas square but at last I find it.  Art Nouveau decorative style originated in Paris in the 1890s.In Prague it is called "Secese"  which rose to its highest point in the first decade of the 20th century.The New Town  of Prague is decorated in this style both in the architecture and fine facades and window frames.
        After  Mucha museum  we go out into Wencelas Square again this time we mix along with other tourists absorbing the atmosphere of Prague's New Town or Nove Mesto. Actually the New Town was founded in 1348 by Charles  IV  to include three large central marketplaces : the Hay Market,  the Cattle Market ( Charles square) and the Horse Market ( Wenceslas square). It is twice as large as the Old Town.During the late 19th century much of the New Town was demolished and completely redeveloped to the appearance of today.  In the middle of the square there are booths selling ham , sausages and potatoes .
        The equestrian statue of  St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia, stands proudly in front of the National  Museum of Prague surrounded b the staues of St.Ludmila, St. Procopius, St. Albert and St. Agnes.
        From Metro Muzeum near Wenceslas statue we take red metro for two stations to Vysehrad.
        Vysehrad was the first seat of Czech royalty.The legendary founder of the first ruling dynasty , the Premyslids, emerged around 800 AD . Princess Libuse , head of a west Slavic tribe , succeed her father to become the first woman ruler and began a dynasty that was to last 400 years.From this spot in Vysehrad she prophesied the future glory of the city of Prague.
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