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Thursday, 03 June 2004
prague by night

Prague at night

This is the view from my hotel window, looking down one evening into the square at the top of the IP Pavlova tube station.  I found the light and the traffic interesting. The trams also run along here, and you can make out the tram lines (on the left of the road). I once saw five trams in a row queueing up at the stop (beyond the bus).

I have always wondered what it would be like to be in a city where I couldn’t read any of the signs and notices. However to say that Prague was such an experience would be an exaggeration. While most of the signs were not comprehensible to me, I could understand when I saw things like koncert sal or tickety and optick.  (I am not sure I got those spelling right, and I am certainly not attempting to put the various types of accents on top of the letters!

Posted by bigblue on 03/06/2004 at 10:57 PM
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Wednesday, 02 June 2004
What’s that phallic symbol next to it?


I heard Scarlett ask the question as I took the above photo. I swear that I get no money from product placement advertising (but if you have any proposals you can contact me).

We stayed in a hotel about half a kilometre up Sokolska Street from Wenceslas Square, so walked up and down to it at least twice a day.  At first I found the gradient of the square strange because, unusually, it slopes down from the Muzeum towards the direction of the old town and river. But it gives an amazing feel, and allows you to have good visibility both up and down the square from any point in it.

We had been worried because the hotel wasn�t mentioned in any of the guide books, but it turned out to be comfortable.  Most of the guests were Italian tourists. That was the other thing that struck me about Prague � the number of foreign visitors in the city, which gave it a very cosmopolitan feel.

Posted by bigblue on 02/06/2004 at 08:25 PM
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Tuesday, 01 June 2004
bon anniversaire bluemeanie!


I spotted the above sign on Wencelas Square, Prague over the weekend. Doing so I reminded myself of Carles, who was taking photos of street names and beer labels which had certain letter combinations in them.  The truth is that I got some hostile stares walking around Prague Castle on Saturday wearing my Che Guevara T-Shirt. Then in the evening, back at the hotel, I got completely positive feedback from a local so didn’t feel so bad.

Off Wencelas Square is the Museum to Communism. Scarlett found a brochure which said it is located

next to McDonalds and above the casino.

So we went looking for it, but there was a problem: there are so many McDonalds and casinos… We found it only the next day.

Today is Scarlett’s birthday and she is spending it without her mum and her sister, who have gone away for 10 days.  And of course I am also leaving for work this morning, so it’s very special wishes to her ... and she will be in my thoughts right up until the stroke of midnight (or at least until 10pm GMT, which is the time at which she was born!)
Edit: As the birthday girl pointed out we are currently on summer time, so it will be 11pm tonight!

Posted by bigblue on 01/06/2004 at 07:33 AM
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Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge Prague

The three of us got back this evening from Prague. Had a hectic time - and saw lots of things, but a long weekend is too short a time to spend in that amazing city.  Spent some time with Peter, and it was good to see him again.

The picture above of Granny and Scarlett has the famous Charles Bridge as the backdrop. And now I must get ready for work tomorrow ...

Posted by bigblue on 01/06/2004 at 01:29 AM
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