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Prague 2015

2 September
On the train from Berlin to Prague.
I have not been in Prague since July 1983.

Our apartment near the train station by airbnb.com

With a synagogue at the end of the street where we stay.

First impressions.

Czech crown has been the currency of the Czech Republic since 8 February 1993.

Chinese Sichuan restaurant.

Prague Castle

Prague Old Town.

The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest
astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

The Powder Tower or Powder Gate is a Gothic tower.
It is one of the original city gates, dating back to the 11th century.
It separates the Old Town from the New Town.

Municipal House is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrate concert venue.

3 September

Astronomical clock and Old Town Square

Waiting fore some magic.

The Charles Bridge (Czech: Karluv most).

Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in
the beginning of the 15th century.

As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge
was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas.

Lennon Wall

Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti
and pieces of lyrics from Beatles' songs.

The wall continuously undergoes changes.

Chinese lunch

On our way to the castle

St.Vitusīs Cathedral

Queen of the Desert is taking a nap.

Energy girl

Old Royal Palace

Basilica of St.George

Dinner with Filip. Wei has met him in China in 2011.
Goulash with potato and bread dumplings and beef in cream sauce
with bread dumplings, garnished with cranberries
Sorry, we did not take a group photo...

4 September
Old part of the train station.

Alfons Maria Mucha (1860 - 1939)
was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style.
He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.

Prague style sausage

View from the apartment where we stay.

Many small supermarkets are run by Vietnamese or Chinese.
She is probably the daughter of an owner.

Old Town Square

Jewish district

Crispy spa wafers in a unique rounded shape filled with a mix of
hazelnuts , cinnamon and sugar. In a box embossed with the Kolonada logo, spa
fountain and seal "Genuine Spa Wafers".

I remember them from visits at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s.

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
was a German-language writer of novels and
short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors
of the 20th century.

Most of his works, such as "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"),
Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the
themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality,
parent-child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of
bureaucracy, and mystical transformations.

Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague,
the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Old Town Square

Local cookie, but Filip told us itīs actually from Hungary.

Again Chinese food from the Sichuan restaurant: krab soup with corn and egg.

Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week

Omnipol (1934) distributes defense, police, and public security related products
and services to government agencies and contractors in Czech Republic and internationally.

5 September. Airport Express

The Mole is an animated character in a series of
cartoons, created by Czech animator Zdenek Miler in 1956.

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