Czech Rep - Prague
Sep 5, 2002
|Day 36 Thursday 5 September "Bohemia Begins & Ghosts"
Czech Republic - Prague / Praha
I had another social evening tonight. April from Boston. She was on a ghost walk I was on. Ive discovered an artist I like "Mucha" who did early 1900's posters for baggage. Ill write this tomorrow cos im v sleepy no way can I make it up. Today all I did was arrive Prague checked into Hotel, city walk then ½ hour walk & old town tour.
Arrival in Prague. Prague is one of the most confusing stations. I looked for the official tourist i but there were loads - loads of accommodation places too! and many people kept coming up to me saying are you looking for accommodation - They bugged me so I put my headphones on. Found a cashpoint then booked a place - its a hostel! I have private room though.
Town wander. My room needed to be cleaned so I dumped my bag and went for a walk around town. Walked through main square saw endless tour groups walking about, then went to Charles Bridge and sat for a while, got brochures on loads of walking tours. I was innundated and had to choose really.
Hostel till 1. Came back to hostel and got room. Stayed in my room reading Prague in your pocket for a while then went off on a tour at 2.
Bus Tour. I went with Martin tours. A 2 hour drive round town with a little walk thru the castle grounds. Saw my favourite stained glass window so far. The tour leader favoured Germans - bitch (Slucha) saw the Dancing Building - very wierd.
2 hours free. Tour ended in town square so I walked on my own, found some fabulous Art Nouveux stuff. One building - the Opera House is SO fantastic. Then I discovered a Mucha Museum. Ive now got my theme for Prague - an idea to cling to. He / Mucha did pictures that became very popular in Paris in the late 1800's. Sarah Bernhardt etc & he did that window I liked!
Ghost Tour. At 6. Met under the Astronomical clock. It moves every hour and was only mended after the floods yesterday. There was just 4 on the group. Me - a mad girl from Boston - April, a tiny Spanish woman from Barcelona and a Japanese guy. The tour guide was male and quite shy. Good stories include a woman that sweeps snow from steps of a church (ghost) Golam - some famous spook made of clay - theres a musical about him and on Charles Bridge a flying baby that sneezes. Also a lucky statue you must touch.
Im running out of space so will do this briefly. Up at 8.30 off to brekkie then walk to town, got trip with Martin tours, then art alley & shop pub with the tour people yesterday - what?
Drink with April