PRAGUE AT 35C.

PRAGUE AT 35C.
Prague is an old and beautiful city which has lots of lovely streets, wonderful medieval buildings, churches and cathedrals, shops full of the celebrated Bohemian glass, the famous old clock, cool green parks, cafes and restaurants which serve both the local and the European dishes, and swarms of tourists. At 35C, it looks fine. Just look at those little blue men narching along the river surface 🙂 
If you start your sightseeing on foot from Wenceslas Square in the city centre, leave the large Museum behind you and walk a short way looking to your left; in a couple minutes, you will see the well-known Lucerna sign. Inside, there is the notorious sculpture of the upside-down horse by modern sculptor David Cerny. Follow the street to get to the older part of town, gazing at the numerous souvenir shops, towers, spires, ancient city gates, powder towers, until you find yourself in the middle of a huge crowd waiting for the old clock to chime, and for the pretty quaint statues above the clock to make their dance. You may turn left to get to Karlov Most, Charles Bridge, with the gateway in front of you and the King’s statue to your right. King Charles, who lived in the fourteenth century, made Prague his capital; he founded the university there, and issued several important laws. His memory is venerated. If you are up to it, you may cross the bridge and walk on, up and up, to visit Hradchany, the Old Town proper which sits on a high hill above the city and the Vltava River. To visit its huge St. Vitus cathedral and the palace, one has to pay quite a hefty entry fee; however, one may enter the cathedral for free and look around from the entryway taking pictures. Nearby is the famous Zlata Ulicka, the Little Golden Street, where all sorts of artisans used to live and work. Now it is part of the tourist route, and to enter it you have to buy a ticket too.
If you do not feel like taking that huge climb, you may turn right after you have watched the clock show, pass the old Town Hall and just wander around. There are plenty of parks, benches and lawns where people relax in the shade.
Vysehrad, the town on top, is another place to visit. You can take the underground from the Museum; it is the second stop, and there are signs which direct you to the place. Be sure to have some change on you to be able to buy your metro tickets from a machine, or ask at any Tabac/Newspapers kiosk. Vysehrad boasts a huge park, a magnificent old church with multicolored doors, and the Rotunda, which is considered to be the oldest intact building in Prague. It dates back to the tenth century. There is a gallery near the old cemetery where the local celebrities are buried.
Not everybody speaks English, so be careful when you ask for any information. Sometimes people just shrug their shoulders or say “I don’t know” simply because they do not have any English or maybe are too shy to speak it. Be sure to have a map with you, and to check the signs carefully. It is easy to get around Prague. Public toilets are clearly marked, and they are often free.
Food in cafes and restaurants may be quite pricey. However, there are lots of Paul Brasseries and local bakeries where you can buy delicious fresh breads, sweet baked goods, fresh salads, as well as daily cooked meats and chicken. You can buy very good foods in any supermarket too, and spend from five to ten times less than you would spend at a restaurant. Naturally there is Czech beer and wine in abundance anywhere, even at a fast food café. Try to learn a few key phrases in Czech before or as you go; even if you can say Hello and Thank you in the local language, this will help. You may use gestures and speak your own language afterwards!
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