Go to a small church to listen...
Go to a small church to listen to classical music My friends were gone to Rome and I decided to stay for a couple of days more. Then I went to a small church close to our hotel to listen to Mozart's Requiem. It was the most incredible thing... the ambience, the music, the surroundings... It's something that I'll never forget.
Happy New Year!!! :) once more...
Christmas is a special time of year in Prague and the Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient in the Czech festive magic. The Prague Christmas markets are a great opportunity for visitors and locals to come together and share some holiday spirit in a true 'winter wonderland' setting. The markets run daily throughout the whole festive period, from 9am to 7pm. The main ones are at Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square, with smaller ones taking place at Namesti Republiky and Havelske Trziste.
The Prague Christmas markets consist of rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, selling Czech handicrafts, hot food (corn on the cob, sausages and local specialties) and warm drinks. Outdoor christmas shopping is much easier with a cup of hot wine (svarene vino) in your hand!Great stocking stuffers can be found here, such as Czech glass, wooden toys, candles, Christmas tree ornaments and local hand-made jewellery. Finally, there are the wooden puppets, always puppets.....However, Christmas shopping isn't just about presents.
In Prague's Old Town Square there is a mini zoo. Youngsters and adults who have retained their childlike wonder can enjoy pony rides and stroke sheep, goats and even a lama. Next to the mini zoo, a Bethlehem manger scene is recreated in a wooden stable, complete with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three kings and a straw floor. Most impressive of all is the Christmas tree, shipped from the Sumava mountains & erected in the Old Town Square. Draped in a blaze of lights and set against a dark gothic skyline, this is a spectacular sight. YEEEEEEES! - you should meet Christmas and New Year in Prague!!!
Hello! Prague is famous not...
Hello! Prague is famous not only for its (for sure overwhelming) architecture and history, but also for various cultural events. There are many theatres, some of them more suitable for no-Czech speaker, some less. One of those where your language disadvantage won't be an obstacle to a great cultural experience, is Black Light Theatre Image. If you have never visited a theatre working on the black Theatre principles, it might be a good idea to visit the theatre when they play The Best of Image. A cross-section of actual work, special program that have been succesful on stages all around Europe, will definitely be the best entrance to the world of black theatre. For reservations and contacts see Image pages
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Well, after more than a decade of democracy, in some cases you can still feel any remnants of communism:
There are still some traces of the architectural style of communism; this style is called socialistic realism . Statues of happy families and proud workers are spread around the city. When I was in Prague talking with the owner of the apartment that I rent, she said to me that Czech people have a short memory so they already cancelled the past but her opinion is that it's right in their mind that you can find indelible traces of communism.
40 years of communist rule that followed WWII left a sad legacy. Czechoslovakia freed itself from communism in 1989 and split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1, 1993.
Few years ago, the seductive image of Prague as a new Paris of the 90's, attracting artists and poets to relish the rich atmosphere may have been true for a few rosy-eyed romantics but now it is a very strained concept. Most of the expatriates living in Prague now are hard nosed businessmen looking to exploit new markets.
Also the Americans are parts of the new life of Czech Republic , for example the CIA. The CIA wanted to make sure that Communism was dead and buried once and for all and therefore wasted no time in imposing their influence.
Prague is a stunningly beautiful city. Baroque and Art Deco architecture drips from the rooftops, mystery and magic ooze from the pores of every street, centuries of culture hangs heavy in the air. But the march of the fast food chains doesn't give a *** about all this. There are now 10 branches of McDonalds in Prague and one strategically placed on every major road going into the city. There are plans for 40 KFC outlets in the Czech Republic by the end of the year and Coca Cola and Pepsi signs are everywhere. It is impossible to evade their presence. (The USA Legacy)
And it's a curious thing, but there are some people who make some money with Communism, just look at the picture! (history or circus?)...
Czech composer Bedrich Smetana is, perhaps, best-known for his work 'The Bartered Bride'. A museum dedicated to him is housed in what used to be the city's waterworks, close to Charles Bridge.
I didn't go into the museum, but the statue of Smetana tucked away on the riverbank provides an excellent view of the bridge.
The Museum (on Novotneho lavka) is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 - 12 and from 12.30 - 5.