A grey day in Prague

Trip Start Sep 30, 2010
Trip End Jan 26, 2011

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Aparthotel Gregory

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, November 15, 2010

What a different day we had today, and it was just because of the weather.  Today was colder, with a cloudy sky and fog over Prague.  It made for a much less exciting day.  Everything had the feeling of grey and we wanted to be inside more than outside.  

Again we took the number 22 tram to Prague Castle.  This time we had a much better idea of what to do.  We visited the Castle Museum, Art Collection, Bascilica, Palace, Powder Tower and coffee shop!  A lot of work has gone into restoring many of the main features of the Castle esp the pubic areas.  It's hard for us to get a feel for the history and context of the place because it feels foreign and we don't have an idea of the historical background, so there are very few reference points for us.  A lot of the art seems excessively heavy European style (no surprise there!) and the glassware overly ornate.  Nevertheless it's beautiful and belongs here.  We saw some good examples of Beidemeir Furniture.

After we had finished at the Castle, we headed down to the Charles Bridge.  This important bridge was built in the early 14th Century and was the only bridge across the Vlatava River in Prague for the next 400 years.  It's a pedestrian bridge now, covered in cobble stones and dotted with sculptures - mostly religious ones.  The bronze/brass statues are dark, but some have a shiny spot that is rubbed by passers by for good luck.

A few surprises here in Prague.  There are a lot of smokers and smoking inside is quite standard.  Many office desks had ash trays on them - full of butts. At our hotel apartment we have a non-smoking room, but the night receptionist smokes and this wafts upstairs in the stairwell.

You have to pay to go to the toilet in most public places.  Anywhere from 50c to around $3 ! (or the equivalent in Czech Korunas).
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