At first I intended to compose some kind of small but holistic story from my photos of Prague. However a lot of time has passed since my trip and my job, matters of personal business and everyday routine kept me from initial plan. Something unavoidably gets erased from memory, my point of view may also change in some cases with time. So I’ll just try to select the best photos of Prague and provide them with my comments.
Outside of Nový Smíchov shopping mall.
Inside the Nový Smíchov.
By the way, Smíchov district in Prague-5 generally mixes new and old fine.
Even the trams here are from different eras.
On one side of the street there is grey building with sharp geometric forms…
… and on the other there are houses that had seen a lot of history during the last century.
Equa Bank office makes tourists like me to rise heads while local people demonstrate indifference.
Being a tourist I had to visit Old Town Square in the oldest part of the Prague.
There is always a lot of people.
Prague astronomical clock was undergoing restoration at the moment…
… but well recognizable (if not by name then by silhouette) Church of Our Lady before Týn was available to inspect in all of its glory.
Also back side of old town hall looks pretty picturesque.
One more clumsy selfie.
Some people there take a ride of horse-drawn carriage.
Others prefer mini-train tours.
Those on feet tend to spread among expensive food places located around the perimeter of the square
or catch bubbles with their cameras.
Even the Minnie Mouse got there somehow.
Jan Hus observes all those activities with respectable stoicism.
Buildings bear more sculptures than some of Russian towns.
Narrow walking street near the Old Town Square.
Another view of old Prague.
Church of Santa Claus. No presents though. It functions solely as a museum.
One of the problems every old city with significant history has is there are always some restoration works going on. Thankfully, there is no need to close streets in order to do that.
Example of modern abstract art near the river shore.
Vltava river view.
Prague Castle. People on the other bank are feeding the swans.
Some more of western bank of Vltava.
Religious frenzy of centuries long gone peaks at the Crusaders’ Square. Church of Saint Salvator. If I’m not mistaken that is the place that was Vatican in “Eurotrip” movie, precisely place of that scene with swiss guards, ice cream and one very special boy.
At Crusaders’ square you can also find old catholic church of Saint Francis Seraph.
Old Town Bridge Tower
Statue of Charles IV
Just beside the monument people are taking photos with strangely colored pigeons.
I didn’t take a walk over the Charles bridge that day. Instead I along the river to the south admiring the architecture. Prague is truly magical in a way that even if there were no museums, theaters, exhibitions and other cultural events, the city itself is a piece of art because of its architecture.
See the beauty. There are unique balconies, pinnacles, gargoyles, bas-reliefs and bold use of colors everywhere… Try your best to find two identical constructions.
Of course, I couldn’t miss the famous dancing house.
On the little island in the middle of Vltava you can rent a boat.
Even though it’s hard to call Vltava a clean river there are wild living nutria.
Most noticeable among the vegetative lifeforms were blooming chestnut trees that could be found everywhere you went.
That day I had a dinner in a lovely place called “U Gráffů” which I liked a lot. There I could watch and eavesdrop a bit people from all over the world some more while I was waiting for my meal. For example, this company of old German ladies (one of several I saw during the trip) was masterfully drinking considerable amount of beer.
Interior of the restaurant was inviting to contemplate too.
On my way back to the hotel. Red lights of a legal club had already lite. One of the next days there was a girl dressed lightly for a cool night air. I was too shy to take the photo of her without asking the permission.