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I'm going to Prague on Friday for a few days. Anyone got any suggestions/advice/etc?
on the main square. At 3 o'clock mechanical people come out and dance and stuff. It amused me greatly.
The clockmaker was blinded after he'd finished his work in order to guarantee that he couldn't repeat his craftsmanship for some other city.
THAT is a tough client!
in that square... I have some lovely pictures somewhere.
tubes very easy to use but not always unneccessary, you can walk everywhere in about 40 minutes.
go to charles bridge and jewish quarter.
dont eat/drink on main square, go off into the quieter areas, loads cheaper.
head to the marquis de sade bar for cocktails! plus theres a laser quest round the corner which has no health and safety limits, its awesome!
find a place called the 'wagen bar' its brilliant, cheap, friendly and has local bands playing in a german beer hall type set up.
it was mammoth, epic and luscious...
There are amazing vintage shops there unlike any I've seen anywhere else. I was very skint at the time otherwise would have returned with a shop full of things...
I cant remember the places I went to but there is a big expat film community there and I went to some great expat / local bars and saw Seth Green there... I also went to a Czech disco which was fantastic - an old theatre...
Good memories :)
Try and go off the beaten track a bit. If I remember I'll write before Friday again about this.
the wandering is better there than any other city I've been to. Visit the Kafka museum and the Jewish quarter. Then, to prove you're not a tourist, go out to Duro to experience some Soviet realism.
it's BRILLIANT and you can drink cocktails up there for a relatively great price and have a Kafka moment writing post cards with 360 degree views of Prague.
^^ This is a MUST. It's in the main platz / square... with an unassuming entrance but go in the glass elevator right up the top. If you do anything, DO THIS.
(Hotel Du Cap is in Cannes, France).
is it just named after him?
but it also describes what Prague was like back in his day, and it's fascinating even if you have no interest in him as a writer.
It is a great place to chill, take a river boat cruise at night and generally enjoy being in the most beautiful city on earth.
The tube rules too.
Oh, it's worth going way out into the suburbs to observe the truly brutalist Soviet era architecture....total contrast to the amazing array of fine architecture in the city proper.
I'll go to prague one day - have the stag parties moved on to ruin somewhere else yet?
I first went in summer 2000 and they hadn't really arrived then, when I returned the next year there were a fair few and the time after that it was just crawling with them.
By all accounts Talinn and Riga are now the choice spots as Prague has become pricier.
in that 99% of people who are going to eastern europe and (literally) pissing all over their cities have probably muttered "bloody poles - coming over here" at least once in the last year or two.
a situation unlikely to change whilst it costs about twenty quid to get there. This cunt I knew at uni went over there "with the lads", and he was like "yeah, it was fucking great, getting hammered and then getting the prossies in...". I said "why didn't you just stay and do that here?". He looked at me for at least five seconds and then went "This one time Bodger got absolutely fucked, right, and he began to climb up this pillar..."
go in early Spring or late Autumn.
But Krakow is the new Prague. It's horrible, I used to live there and in my last few months got so ashamed of being British and how a small minority of these people portrayed us.
I remember it being beautiful and unspoilt/
Is there still a loosely Brit themed pub called The Sherlock Holmes?
a sort of shoddy beer that is made to appear as if it is a classic English drink named "dog in the fog".
It's cocktails are super-ace-tastic.
and read the toilet door. trust
i went a couple of years ago and one of the best things i did was go for a long walk out in the suburbs, it went through a lovely park where the views were awesome, and then we passed a pancake cafe which sold czech cider (!). there was a modern art gallery/museum somewhere here too, but i can't quite remember. look in some guide books for walking ideas.
Don't walk into whatever their equivilant of MI5 is. They don't like it much.