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Old Town/New Town (neither are new at all)

sunny 82 °F

It's Sam again here in beautiful Prague.

As Brenda stated Prague is beautiful and this is even more evident when you visit the City center.
We again took the trusty tram to the Old town and the first thing we saw was a bunch of people dressed in traditional outfits dancing away on a stage. It turns out we were in the middle of a folklore festival from countries all over Europe. We saw people dancing traditional dances from Germany, Norway, Poland, Spain, etc throughout the day in the different squares of the city as we walked around.

We first visited Tyn Church which was another beauty but to tell you the truth all the churches are starting to become one in my head haha. Then we were just in time to see the performance of the Astronomical Clock that is this huge structure right on the middle of Old Town. Just like the Astronomical clock in Olomoucs this clock tells time, days, weeks, saint days, lunar cycles etc. At noon there are these mechanical figures of the 12 apostles that parade by, then the time is rung and then a rooster is supposed to crow. We heard a trumpet play at the end and the rooster didn't do anything so maybe he's damaged.

After that, we ate some lunch and with renewed energy we walked to New town which is only new compared to the old one lol. The walk isn't that far actually and along the way there are shops of all kinds some very expensive ones as well as newsstands, food vendors and of course souvenirs all over. The amount of tourists here is crazy! I have only seen more tourists in places like the Colosseum in Rome or the Eiffel Tower and such.

The square in New town is actually a long rectangular boulevard with the National Gallery at the end which is a very impressive building. There is also a huge statue of St Wenceslas who is the big saint here on a horse right on front.

We walked along some more and saw some more dances from the folklore festival which seemed to be everywhere. We also kind of wanted to see a performance here since they have like 8 classical concerts daily catering mostly to tourists but we decided to try something else instead. I had read about Black Light theater on a travel book. It's a form of theater unique to Prague. We saw that there was to be a performance that day and it was considerably cheaper than the classical concerts around 15 dollars or 300 Cesky Crowns. We went to a ticket office and bought some tickets despite the unhelpful sales lady who seemed about as excitable as a rock haha.

We had time to kill before the performance but didn't want to return to the hostel so we headed over to a mall we had seen and found the most delicious Mongolian fast food. It was a seafood soup that was really yummy. The food here is fine but I much prefer Hungarian or Polish food.

The performance is hard to describe. The performers either wear fabrics that shine on Black light or completely black outfits that hide them so they can assist in making it appear that objects are flying or people are levitating. The concept and technology is pretty cool and some parts were very nice visuals. The story line was a little weird though and it had nothing to do with language since there is no talking of any kind during it just music. Overall it was good for the price we paid and something very unique to this area.

We got back to the hostel at around 10 p.m. we kinda wanted to check out this pub nearby that is supposed to be pretty cool but were way too tired. Maybe tomorrow....

Posted by stanncie 12:39 Archived in Czech Republic

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Hi Sam!! & Brenda. Im not just catching up with your blog and im so glad that you guys are having a great time and exploring alot. I got your postcard in the mail on saturday and i love it! thanks you so much for el recordatorio. MISS YOU!! Take Care!

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