Prague, Czech Republic – Highlights of 2015
2015 was an amazing year for me. Here is another great thing that I was lucky enough to be doing that year. I went to Prague for the first time!
Prague 2015 – Highlights of 2015
Let’s go to Prague
In the summer vacation, I was searching for a cheap destination to travel to. I was going to travel with my dear friend and band member Egbert. We both didn’t have a lot of money, so that’s why I asked on Facebook if somebody knew a fun place to go do where we didn’t have to pay a lot of money for accommodation and other things. My Facebook friends suggested going to Croatia, Italy etcetera. Then my mom came with the suggestion of going to Prague, Czech Republic. I heard good stories about Prague before. About its eclectic city center with art nouveau, Middle Agist and modern architectural influences. I asked Egbert. He thought it was a good plan. At first, we had the plan of going to Sziget in Budapest and go to Prague afterwards. But that would mean too much travel time and it would be too expensive. “Prague it is!” we said.
So one early morning in July I left voor Egbert’s home. I drove all the way in my mother’s car from Egberts home to Prague. We drove through interesting landscapes and had a lot of fun and good conversations.With the help of the tomtom, we found the hostel in no time.
Our hostel was situated in a quiet neighbourhood near the center of Prague. We shared a nice, a little bit spacious room with a closet, a table, two beds and a washing table. The only thing that was really missing (really, really missing) was airconditioning. We happened to arrive in Prague in the middle of a heat stroke. So sometimes we could not sleep because of the heat. I held a can of soda next to my head or a cup of water to shed some heat, but to no avail.
Egbert and I walked around all day in Prague. We would go into the subway to the city center. The subway was really deep underground and it was nice and cool inside. The escalator was so high and steep that it made me a little bit dizzy.
We first got out on Mustek Station. The walls of the metro made me think of shiny gold Senseo coffee cups.
We went out, again after taking a steep escalator. And what I saw was amazing. An art deco heaven high street, with old fashioned tram car standing in the middle of the street. The architecture of the buildings on our left and right reminded me of a bigger, more sophisticated version of the old Hollywood Style one can see at the entrance of the Disney Studios in Disneyland Paris. I loved it. Over there, I also discovered drawings and art by art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha that you see all over Prague (that, and baby Jesus dolls).
Beauty and decay
At the end of the street, there was a big building with statues. It looked a bit black and it was obviously being restored. It was the Czech National Museum. This would not be the first time that we saw the contrast of aesthetically appealing and less appealing buildings and statues. In Prague, beauty and decay are often siding next to one another. Gruesomeness next to love locks at the Charles Bridge.
Soon, we went to a restaurant near a side alley of this main street for a Bohemian meal. The restaurant was placed in the basement of a terraced house. There were different kind of lamps and lightbulbs on the wall and ceiling of the yellowish room and there were replicas of the Mona Lisa and Vermeer on the walls. We had a delicious meal. We had Czech soup and Czech cheese platter. The only downside was that we were charged extra for a bread which we never ordered nor got. But it was so cheap that we didn’t speak up (we should have, I think).
We stayed in Prague for 5 days. 3 Of those days we fully spent in Prague. There was a lot to discover in Prague.
Some of the highlights
-street artists and musicians. Our favourite was this guy who was playing on glass cups. The sound was so beautiful, perfect and full that I think he represented a whole orchestra.
One of the downside, there were a lot of beggars in the streets. I gave one some of my cherry tomatoes and another our bottle of orange soda. They looked like they were backpackers who never really arrived. I hope they will be helped during the harsh winters that tend to hit Prague pretty hard.