Friday, 18 September 2009
FuFu World Tour - Historic Centre of Prague
FuFu Wourld Tour - Europe
5th - 7th August 2007 | Prague - Czech Republic |
Prague is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. It is regarded by many as one of Europe's most charming and beautiful cities, millions of tourists visit the city every year. Also, Prague was one of the few European cities relatively untouched during the World Wars, allowing its historic architecture to stay intact. The medieval buildings with beautiful murals on them could be found everywhere in the city.
These signs lead you to the tourists attractions throughout Prague.
Janette and her friend, Maria (middle) and Susana (Maria's sister).
After breakfast, Janette and i took the tram to Wenceslas square to meet up her Czech friend, Maria who she worked as nanny/babysitter together with in Ireland. Susana was exciting as she heard Maria was going to meet an Asian boy. Most probably they personally hadn't seen any real Asian, they kept saying FuFu was cute, hot and good looking. Well, FuFu is just one common Asian boy after all.
The Wenceslas square.
St. Wenceslas Statue standing in front of the National Museum.
The National Museum.
One of the biggest Museums in Prague, the National Museum is one of the main tourist attractions. A monumental neo renaissance building constructed in 1890, the stately museum soon became a symbol of the national identity. Entry to the Museum is free every first Monday of the month and the museum is closed every first Tuesday of the month. Guess what? It's the first Tuesday on this day.
Pedestrian boulevard was packed with tourists holding the city map.
Anyway from the square, we walked on the long, pedestrian friendly boulevard of shops, restaurants and hotels that leads downhill to the oldest town in Prague that gained its privileges in the 13th Century. This old town became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire when Prague was transformed into a medieval architectural city.
FuFu was standing on a lane in Old Town.
The medieval buildings in Old Town, Prague.
Tourists taking pictures of the church, Old Town.
FuFu enjoyed seeing the western buildings very much.
For your information, FuFu wanted to be an architect actually.
But was offered to study civil engineering by the J-government.
Anyway, FuFu was lucky as he could see the lovely buildings still.
A nice passage with a bridge that connects two buildings.
Online buddies like FuFu and Janette could travel together too.
FuFu's networking is expanding cause he always meets new friends.
FuFu was amazed by this design on the edge of the building.
And surprised to see a golden princess sitting up there.
What a gorgeous architectural ornaments.
Then, FuFu saw a special tower with spires.
That is the well-known Old Town Hall.
The Old Town Hall is one of the outstanding sights of Prague. An astronomical clock of the Old Town Hall was designed and built before it was found out that the earth circles the sun. The dial is poised with three main components.
The Old Town Hall Clock or Astronomical Clock.
The astronomical dial that displays various astronomical details as well as representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky. The figures of Twelve Apostles passing along the two windows in every hour of daylight. And a calendar dial that rotates and gives the description of each and every day of the year with an indication of the current date at the top.
The medallion with zodiac signs describing every month.
St. Nicholas church, Old Town.
Tyn Church, Old Town Square.
St. Nicholas church the most important church in Prague until the construction of the Tyn Church that dominates one side of Old Town Square. The two spires of Tyn Church, a powerful looking Gothic church can be seen from all over Prague. But when taking a close look at the two spires. They are not symmetrical. This is a characteristic of the Gothic architecture of that time and representation of both the masculine and feminine sides of the world.
The masculine side (right) and feminine side (left).
The buildings are a collection of Renaissance style facades.
The street is now largely occupied by souvenir and book shops.
Russia has Matryoshka doll while Czech has these as souvenir.
The Powder Tower.
Then we came to the 65metres tall Powder Tower, the gateway which leads through the Old Town over the Charles Bridge to the castle up the hill. Originally the tower was known as the Mountain Tower, but ever since the structure was used as a gunpowder storage space in the 17th century, it is now known as the Powder Tower.
The notably famed Charles Bridge.
Probably the popular touristy place in Prague, the Charles Bridge connects the Old Town with Lesser Town. Especially during summertime, it is filled with street painters, street vendors and tourists. Resting on 16 arches it was wide enough for 4 carriages to cross at the same time.
Thirty sculptures of the saints were set on the bridge.
Love this sculptural groups of the saints decorating the bridge.
FuFu and two Czech beauties on the Charles Bridge.
Boat cruise definitely a wise choice to better see the historical town.
One the bridge, you'd see the popular Prague Castle afar.
The Old Town Hall either can be seen.
Mc D is the best place to have a rest with a sundae and drinks.
FuFu found out Prague's summer sundae was very nice. Yummy.
Flavours of the sundae - blueberry, honey, mango, chocolate.
The visitors were drinking beer while enjoying the boat cruise.
Maria was busy explaining every little thing to FuFu and Janette.
Susana had to leave since she had an appointment.
While the rest kept exploring and walking around the capital city.
Well, trams are running here and there across the city.
Prague is clean and a small town with excellent public transport.
From a bridge on Vltava River, you could see the St. Vitus Cathedral.
Also the Tyn Church and Old Town hall.
Alongside the river, stretch of architectural styles of the last 900 years stand side by side, paying tribute to the city's immense cultural and historical heritage. Thus the three of us leisurely strolling along the river bank. There, we stopped for a short break to enjoy the sights from the river and discover the people and places that have shaped this fascinating city.
Was brought to a place that only the local know.
Maria then told us not to miss out the bread the local eat everyday.
Grilled meat? Nah, it's certainly an unique bread FuFu ever seen.
The hollowed out loaf of bread would be nice with cream.
Nothing special but soft. It's popular in Czech after all.
FuFu came to discover how a house that could dance.
It may sound crazy to you with a house that dances? Impossible! But it is real! Located alongside Vltava River, the Dancing House is an example of a deconstructivist architecture, with an unusual shape that strikingly in contrast to Prague's historic attractions. The idea is that a woman and man dancing together, holding their hands, with a skirt that sways to the music. Absolutely amazing. You have got to see it!
There are three main subway lines A, B and C in Prague.
Need to highlight the subway in Prague is clean and artistic.
Must get a day ticket for the unlimited rides (bus, subway and tram).
FuFu was the only Asian boy inside the subway train.
A developed city like Prague still has this old urinal in the subway.
According to the guide Maria, it's the longest escalator in Prague.
It's underneath more than five-storey. Sure die if earthquake occurs.
From the metro station Malostranska, moved on to Lennon Wall.
Previously an ordinary wall in Prague, the Lennon Wall was named after John Lennon when he died in 1980. It's filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti and a few pieces of lyrics from the Beatles songs. The wall continuously undergoes changes and the original painting of Lennon is lost under the layers of new paints, poems and more, and it has become a symbol of love and peace for the youths.
Alright, guess it's enough for this entry. The TV Tower and magical Prague Castle will be on the next post. Stay tuned ya my readers.