Kampa Park, Prague, The Anthopoid Church, the Archibald, the Champagne Lovers, the Charles Bridge, The Klementinum, the Strahov Library
SHEY.. Indeed. It is the door to our little studio room at the Archibald Hotel at the Charles Bridge.
Well, obviously this is a statue with a pigeon on its head. If it had had a hamster on it I’d have taken that but it didn’t. As for the diff between a Charles Bridge statue and a hamster? Well, they are being renewed cos they are world famous and worth renwing . Hamsters now?
And this is maybe the best band that play there. The Champagne Lovers. Of course if they loved hamsters they might have been called that, but they’re not and who can blame them?
. And this??? Just outside our hotel at night.
The Strahov library inside . . . out ….. and a hand written and hand painted, many centuries ago, manuscript, preserved in a glass case, incase, talking such things, hamsters are about.
A scooter we never used to get about Prague.
And a ladder we never climbed to get to get into the roof space of the Klementinun. Obvi it’s not allowed, although doubtless a hamster could climb it.
The prog for the United Islands of Prague Music fest that was allowed. So we allowed ourselves twice. And to be drawn down through the dark trees later by the strains of Cohen’s Hallelujah, taking some of the of the attendees with us, to sit on the grass outside a community centre where a folk evening was in full swing.
The Anthropoid Church where the Czech Paratroopers having holed up after taking down Reinnhard Heydrich, took down as many of the 700 Waffen SS troops as they could during a four hour seige that ended when they took their own lives. I also chose this one, despite ahving been there a few years ago cos of the Mr’s thing about calling it by its proper name and insisting it wasn’t round the corner where I said it was. This guy stopped, asked if he could help us and had abso no idea what the Mr was talking about when he gave the proper name. ‘Anthropoid Church,’ I said. ‘Round that corner,’ said he.
Bicyles in Kampa Park at the Islands Fest. The ‘juniors’ arrived first, complete with helmets and were all given money to spend on the stalls. Then the ‘bad’ boys arrived sans helmets and headed for the converted watermill bistro. When I think of the places, I’ve been rounded up out of at that age, the rounding up I did in earlier drama days, I got to say,without exception they all appeared back on time, totally sober, happy just to be there, got on their bicycles and headed off.
Oh…all right . The Klementinum library ceiling. And part of the Klementinum
Lastly, some scary wifies…
made by Hana Purkrabkova. Of course if she had known about hamsters she’d made some scary statues of them but she didn’t, so she never. This one I chose cos this one I am not meant to have, having missed the notice forbidding photography….. Here’s hoping no hamster dude will tell. . . . .
Okay…SO, the trip to Prague went something like this.
Airports, Edinburgh x 2, Schiphol x 2 Prague x 2
Airports escorted by Airport Security, once for over a mile, in — 2
Airport check in operators it was then necessary to charm in order to avoid baggage charges —2
Hotels – 1, the fabulous Archibald—lucky them–at the Charles Bridge.
Attractions visited—even luckier them–Old Town, Wenceslas Square, Petrin Park and Observation Tower, the Anthropoid Church and exhibition, the Klementinum, Charles Square, Our Lady Before Tyn, the Strahov Library, Kampa Museum, Kampa Park.
Random, on the doorstep things to watch and go to — 2, the Prague Marathon x 1, the United Islands of Prague Festival x 2 Kampa Community Centre Sat night music, on the wander back from the Festival x 1
Days stayed—4 and a half
Miles walked — c 35
Feet hanging off –yeah
Eateries visited – 5 + festival street food booth x 2, they sold great chips.
Beer consumed – a lot.
But of course.