If you spend time in Prague, you may encounter a spiritual element to the city. I first realized such a thing existed when I began to have dreams about the city. These were vivid dreams involving places I had been, as well as places around the city I'd never been to, but somehow recalled. The city is thought to be haunted, plain and simple. Franz Kafka knows better than anyone about haunted Prague, as he eventually went semi-insane writing novels in dark cafes. Prague can change a person--arguably for the better. You will always want to return, and leaving the city is always difficult. Just recently I bought a new plane ticket and flew through two cities back to London just to stay and chat with a girl for one more day in the Old Town. A very irrational decision to someone who's never been there. When I think of Prague, I miss watching the sun go down on Old Town square, followed by an evening of bar hopping. If you have someone special with you, walking the streets of Old Town must be as romantic as any place on earth.
Pecek Palace (Pecluv Palac)
This plaque is on the corner of this building which is no longer open to the public. The plaque is in honour of those brave people who died here and
120 students who were executed on 24th November 1939 accused of plotting against the nazis.
Situated on corner of Politickych Veznu opposite the Opera House.
If you walk up towards the National Museum, turn left at the top of Wenceslas Square and it is along there on the left hand side.
WHAT TO BUY IN PRAGUE
In the Streets surrounding Old Town Square, you'll find a wide variety of expensive shops like Versace and Mapin & Webb jewelers, with bizarre nooks offering wood carvings, garnets, handmade toys, and typical Czech glass and porcelain.
In Malá Strana, you'll find artists and craftspeople selling their jewelry, prints, handicrafts, and faux Red Army surplus on Charles Bridge and the Old Castle Steps (Staré zámecké schody).
Blood-red garnets are the official Czech national gem, and the ones that you can buy here are among the world's finest, as well as one of the country's top exports. Most garnets are mined near Teplice, about 39 miles northwest of Prague. There are at least five specific kinds. Bohemian garnets are the Pyrope type, an amalgam of calcium and magnesium that's almost always deep red. Be warned that fake garnets are common, so purchase your stones from a reputable shop like one recommended below.
Fine crystal has been produced in the Bohemian countryside since the 14th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it became the preferred glass of the world's elite, drawing royals and the rich to Karlovy Vary to buy straight from the source. Bohemian factories are responsible for artistic advances in gilding, cutting, and coloring. Today, the quality remains high, and you can still purchase contemporary glass for prices that are much lower than those in the West. In addition to hand-blown functional pieces, Prague's galleries contain plenty of unusual crystal sculpture.
Becherovka is sold in shops all over Prague, but one of the cheapest places to buy these popular drinks is at Tesco. Expect to pay about 300Kc ($8.10) for a medium bottle of Becherovka . Take home a bottle of Becherovka, the nation's popular herbal liqueur from Karlovy Vary.
Anglers descend on Prague ...
Prague for the first ever fly fishing competition in the city centre
Preparations are in full swing for the first-ever international fly fishing competition which is to be held on the Vltava River in Prague this weekend. On Tuesday the Czech Anglers' Association released 10,000 rainbow trout and American brook trout into the river and some 200 anglers are expected to descend on Prague for the big event, which is held under the auspices of the Prague Town Hall and is expected to attract hundreds of tourists. Martin Grun is one of the organizers of Orvis Cup 2006:
In 1912 one of the rooms in this palace was made available to the Russian Socialist Democrats. An occasion Lenin chose to engineer a Bolshevik take-over of the party. After 1948 the palace became Prague`s Lenin museum and contained 17,000 items relating to his life and work. It was also from here a balcony that President Klement Gottwald announced in the glorious February of 1948 the communism victory.
Address is Praha 1, Staromìstské nám. 12 (Golz-Kinský palace