Having a week off work I took the opportunity to spend a few days in Prague.
This is the hotel, down the river from the main centre, and far enough away that I could have a restlful night.
This is the Dancing Building, located close to the hotel. It had it's "waist" pulled in so that local residents didn't have their view of the river on the right obscured. It's designed by Gehry who has done quite a few similar buildings around the world.
The National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square. It's currently undergoing a major overhaul and was closed.
More cool buildings with the Dancing Building at the extreme left.
Charles Bridge during the day. It gets very popular even more so that its undergoing some renovation and part of it is closed.
The lines on the left of the door show how high the water level got when the river burst its banks. The highest line is the most recent flood back in 2002.
This piece of art is at the entrance of the Kafka Museum. Called "Piss" its by renowned Czech artist David Cerny. The two statues piss into a pool shaped like the Czech Republic. You can send a text message to a number and the statue will then spell out the message with the piss.
A sign within one of the main goverment buildings next to the gardens. I guess carrying a gun at any other time is alright.
The Schwarzenberg Palace displays a fake 3D effect given the name Sgrafitti. So now you know where it comes from.
It was a Sunday and the Cathedral was being used for Mass so the tourists had to wait. I chose not to queue up and make the most of the 2-day ticket by coming back the next day.
The Vystaviste complex was built for a world's fair some while back. Loving the main exhibition hall.
The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord is a modern church. The main clock window is fully see through, which is pretty cool.
There is a second castle complex south of the city; Vysehrad. At the top is Church of Peter and Paul.
The largest supermarket chain in the city is Tesco and this is a 5-storey monster store. Rather unfortunate.
Another Cerny piece this time hidden in the grounds of the German Embassy. It celebrates the time a lot of Eastern Germans were allowed back into the West and them leaving behind their Trabant cars.
A vernicular railway takes people up to the top of the hill. I chose to walk it and paid the price :D
The city does have a few beggars, this one had a dog and two rats he'd trained to kiss his tongue. A little bit weird.
This was a famous building where the former leader who had been in exile came out to celebrate with his people following the anti-communist protests. Now its a Marks and Spencers. How sad!
Kavarna Slavia is a massive dining hall where in years past revolutionaries would meet for drinks and planning sessions.
A lone fisherman gets an early start on the river.