My last day in Prague – I’ve learned a lot

No, I didn’t go to the Museum of Erotica 😛 – as I have been to something similar in Amsterdam four years ago. When I went to the one in Amsterdam, the visitors tried to remain serious while looking at the exhibits and pictures in a ‘scientific’ manner. Of course, they had to release some chuckles from time to time. So, no, I’m skipping the Museum of Erotica, but I followed my friend’s suggestion to revisit the castle – I went to the Golden Lane first thing in the morning. It was wet and cold so at least there weren’t many tourists around – I did get in after a bunch of Japanese tourists though, so Japanese was the flavour of the morning if yesterday was Italian. *grin*. The Golden Lane was interesting and quaint and I did take a couple of pictures – I thought about buying a Mucha stained glass picture to display at home but they were too expensive.

Today, as the title suggests, I have learned a lot – I went to the Josefov (Jewish Quarter) after I had finished with the Golden Lane. I went to see the Old Jewish Cemetery, The Pinkas Synagogue, The Klaus Synagogue, and The Ceremonial Hall. The main reason I saw those synagogues was because they were included as part of the ticket price to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. It was quite touching to see the drawings of the Jewish schoolchildren who were interned at Terezin, located outside Prague, before they were killed in various death camps. Reading and learning directly what the Jews have gone through, either through the exhibits in Prague, and through the museums and exhibits in Berlin, have given me a new insight on how badly they were demonised.

After the Jewish Quarter, I went to the Old Town, and walked around the Old Town Square again and just simply taking a lot of pictures. Along with other tourists, I also witnessed the procession of the apostles at 2.00pm when the Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall suddenly came alive. Every hour, it shows different apostle apparently? Afterwards, I climbed up the tower to get a fantastic view of the city. Btw, if you ever visit Prague and feel a bit peckish around the Old Town, head down to Au Gormand at Dlouhá 10. They have scrumptious croissants, sandwich and cakes. Their latte was a bit weak though, so just have a juice or something. Blurgh. *grin*.

I had enough with the Old Town so I headed off to the New Town, and took some pictures around the Wenceslas Square. I also went to the Museum of Communism in the New Town. It’s definitely worth a visit when you are in Prague – I’m still feeling stunned looking at the documentary on what actually happened leading to the Velvet Revolution (when the communism crumbled in the then Republic of Czechoslovakia). It was definitely surreal looking at the documentary looking at the communist police beating and dispersing the demonstrators, and then stepping out and being in that place nearly twenty years onwards being quite a free and westernised spot.

So, all in all, I am quite impressed with Prague, not happy with the amount of tourists in town (if only Prague had 20% less tourists, I would’ve been much happier!!!). I’m impressed with the romanticism and the history of the city. I may go and join the Ghost Walk tonight just as a finale to my Prague trip and also get a couple of souvenirs. I have to be careful with my luggage though as Qantas has followed British Airways’ rule to tighten the cabin baggage rules! Dang terrorists!!!!!!!! 🙁 Grrrrr!!!

I don’t think the internet cafe will be open after I finish the Ghost Walk at 10.00pm, so I will continue my babbles in Amsterdam tomorrow. Unfortunately I need to get up early again tomorrow as my flight is at 7.10am. Aaaargh!!!!!

PS : Can somebody help me, maybe you, kl? What were the main reasons for the separation of Slovakia and the Czech Republic?


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  1. Czechs and Slovaks are two different nations who happened to live in one country only because of a whimsy of history. They have never gotten along too well with each other since Czechia has been more affluent but also more arrogant, so that the Slovaks have felt themselves suppressed.

    The idea of national states (one nation, one country) is one of the core principles of Europe, despite of some exceptions like Switzerland (one country, four nations) or the Basks (one nation, no country). Therefore, the logical choice for Czechoslovakia was to split into two independent nations.

  2. Arry, sounds like you have enjoyed learning alot about history and each country so a worthwhile visit. A great way to learn …so much more exciting than reading. I felt a pang as I read your experience with learning more about the jews experience. Bloody nasty point in time. I just read a book about the same and a german lady after the war who went on a pilgramage to ireland and married an irish man who had strong issues about the english and the story was told by her chilren who grew up in this family and were only allowed to speak german or true irish and never english and so were challenging the status quo in ireland. They were bashed by irish kids for being “nazis “regularly.

    Look forward to seeing you soon. 🙂

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