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Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Beautiful November in Prague, 2016

Last November I went on a trip to Prague for my 18th birthday with my parents, and I've posted a couple of photos here and there, but not the whole lot! I feel really bad about that, because I had a wonderful time and got to meet a dear friend of mine, which was amazing - but I haven't had the energy to write a full report about what I saw and did!
Unfortunately I didn't even write a diary entry, as I've long since abandoned journal-writing due to how tired I am in the evenings and the fact that I end up terribly behind. So here, I just have some photos, sadly, as I forgot most of the names of some of the places I saw. It will be a bit like my "Details of Florida" post that I did last year, just photos and details of things that intrigued me, without writing much. Please, if you know the names, drop me a comment and I will update!

The Dancing House, which we saw briefly on a long walk from our hotel (The Green Garden, which was lovely!)

I'm not sure what this place was called, though it was very close to our hotel. I love the architecture though!

Charles Bridge, from afar.

I like this shot because it has the Czech flag in it, along the almost-grayscale colours of the building.

Could this be the statue of Charles IV? I'm not sure. (sorry about my ignorance!)

Walking in the Old Town. The flash of orange is beautiful down this street! I loved the architecture here.

The Astronomical Clock is so beautiful and ornate! It was constructed in 1410.

I found the moving figures really interesting, especially the gold-winged angels and the skeleton (Death) pulling on the rope, representing time.

The walk up to Prague Castle just about killed me! But the view was fantastic.

Looking out over a terrace in a cafe at Prague Castle.

Buildings like a beautiful, intricate maze.

Prague Castle was so large and intricate, with so much to explore and see. It's a shame that we couldn't spend more time here, as we had packed a lot of sightseeing into the day as we were only staying for two nights.

St. Vitus's Cathedral. It's stunning, and heavenly inside! Funny, but I've always wondered what the building was on the cover of Malice Mizer's Bara no Seidou, and thought when I was there "this looks very familiar!" Now I know!

There was a reflection of the colourful glass on the wall, which you can kind of see in the photo, but nothing compared to seeing the colours in real life! Stained glass is one of my favourite features.

The Peeing Man statue by David Černý (my brother wanted us to see this)

Making a wish on Charles Bridge.

My final photograph, on Charles Bridge

As well as the wonderful sight seeing, I also got to see a brilliant opera performance of the Czech opera Rusalka! The tickets were very kindly given to my family by my sweet and incredibly generous friend, who sadly couldn't make it to the opera due to ill health. I'm so grateful to her, as I had a fantastic time (though I would have loved for her to come too, of course!). Sadly we had to leave early (again) because we all were incredibly hungry and dehydrated and tired due to all the rushing around sightseeing. If I had more time, I would have certainly stayed for the whole performance, as I thought it was beautiful and wonderfully put together. There was an English and German translation too, and beautiful arias such as "The Song to the Moon"/Měsíčku na nebi and the fun song "Hou, hou, hou" . Have a listen, they're great!

I would absolutely love to go to Czech Republic again, as there is so much that I yet have to see and do! And so much history to learn too. I hope to go again soon in my gap year.

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