Although so close to the centre of the old, & therefore most visited, part of town the apartment was set well back in a big, enclosed courtyard & was super quiet & conducive to sleep. We were bemused by this door as we eventually wandered out to explore the city Saturday morning.
It became apparent quickly that Prague is filled with beautiful buildings. This is the Rudolfinum - a concert hall home of the Prague Spring Music Festival.
Crossing the river (Vltava), we were wandering towards the castle to have a look. I spent a little bit of time explaining to Levi modern-European history - well, as much as I know - when we came across this monument marking the German occupation before and during WWII.
Haymaking by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, part of his seasons series - another one, The Harvesters, I remember vividly from the Met in NYC. A couple of large Canolettos of London panoramas were also particularly interesting.
By now we were within the walls of the castle (which is much more impressive from a distance). In the middle of it is St Vitus Cathedral:
All around Prague were these old open-topped cars for showing tourists around, the one on the right is an old Skoda that somehow is still going.
We were both intrigued by the patterns on the side of this building:
There were plenty of trams around, some sleek & new - others like this one below made me feel like I'd stepped in to an old Bond film.
This poster, on a rather circuitous walk to more fantastic food, I found deliciously ironic:
|It's not quite the Kaituna River|
|Prague Castle from Charles Bridge|
With more delicious gelato & smooth beer consumed, at different times, it was very nice to end up relaxing on one of the islands in the middle of the river.
|Dancing House down near the river.|
|Plenty of people out pedalloing|
Did I mention we ate a lot? Gorgeous salmon down near the John Lennon wall.
So a fantastic weekend hanging out in Prague with Levi, strangely we talked an awful lot of cycle-touring - must be a good place for it, seeing the sights & enjoying the local food & beer.