It seemed like a good idea to go. The 16 year old and I were stranded in cold, dank, London, at the time, and needed a change of scene. Cheap flights
were offered via ryanair , it only needed navigation through their tricky website, no I don’t need a ryan air emblazoned travel bag, and the astoundingly cheap tickets were purchased. An apartment was booked via airbnb in a restored, historical building, in the old part of town.
Prague proved to be a vibrant, bustling, global metropolis, steeped in history, drenched in tradition, and picturesque . The twisting curving streets were negotiable via hop on, hop off trams, and the natives were friendly .
Upon arrival we visited the museum, and national art gallery. Many scientific inventions are attributable to the Czechs, and they are a resilient, clever race of people, proud of their traditions, and deeply influenced by an inquisitive mind, and a love of the Catholic Church . The narrow streets revealed many hidden delights. The tram took us to the pinnacle of the mountain range above Prague, and we journeyed back on the conjoined tram to dine at the very fine river side of the Vltava River,near the famous Charles Bridge. Driven by tourism, there is still a rebellious streak in Prague, addressed by the prominence of posters everywhere proclaiming rallies, and inciting the locals to action. The historical buildings are massive, and the underground rail system impressive by its sheer sophistication. It is a city of contrasts, of old versus new, religion against communism, and rich versus poor. One overriding factor is the sheer brilliance of the Czech mind, their sense of social justice, the beauty of the place,and its pivotal role in the European hierarchy .
Time poor, I didn’t get to any modern art galleries, but the little I saw has whetted my appetite for a return visit in the not too distant future .