Prague: the Smaller Sights

Prague is a city filled with many small sights that you discover just by walking the streets. The first of these we found were some art exhibits located outside the Kampa Museum.

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This creation by the Cracking Art Group consists of 34 lit-up penguins.
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One of three giant bronze-cast babies by Czech sculptor David Cerny.

Art plays a big part in Prague’s atmosphere and aesthetic. There is lots of street art, but also a lot of graffiti. Sometimes these two mix, creating an interesting combination.

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An example of street art and graffiti underneath the Charles Bridge.

One of the highlights of the trip for Sarah, my roommate, was being able to see the John Lennon Wall. Since the 1980s, when it became a source of irritation for the Communist regime under Gustáv Husák, the wall has been decorated by Lennon-inspired graffiti and song lyrics. Today, many of the messages relate to love and world peace.

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A small lock bridge is located on the way to the wall.
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The wall has a very strict border.
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The area around the wall is filled with other forms of art.
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From left to right: Haley, J.T., myself, and Sarah in front of the wall.

On the way to another site, we came across the strangest pigeons I have ever seen. No one seems to know why, but in Vojanovy Sady, a public park, there are a large number of wild peacocks which people seem to feed like any other common park bird.

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On the other side of the river is another piece by David Cerny: a 42-tier, rotating, sculpture depicting the head of writer Franz Kafka who was born in Prague.

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Like Salzburg, many buildings have signs out front depicting what function they serve. I found this puppet for a theatre to be an interesting sight.

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Last, but not least, the astronomical clock is one of the more major tourist destinations in the city and a must-see for us. First installed in the 15 century, it is the oldest astronomical clock still in operation. We were lucky to get a nice photo in front the tower, which one can climb up though it was too foggy to be worth it while we were there.

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From left to right: Haley, myself, and Sarah in front of the astronomical clock.

Prague is full of these hidden landmarks; the only way to discover them is to walk around the city and explore. Maybe one day I’ll go back and see the giant metronome ticking over the city.

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3 thoughts on “Prague: the Smaller Sights

  1. Love, love, love all your photos! What a fantastic place Prague is. Wish I had time to add a few days onto my Salzburg visit to take a side trip to Prague. But that will be a good starting point for another trip. I’ve seen photos and a video of the David Cerny Franz Kafka sculpture before, but I bet it was wonderful to see it in person. Who wouldn’t love a line of 34 illuminated penguins? By the way, I just looked up what a group of penguins is called – a group of penguins in the water is called a “raft”; a group of penguins on land is called a “waddle”. So i guess these penguins are a waddle unless they jump into the water. The John Lennon Wall is interesting. I can see why your friend, Sarah, wanted to see it. The Astronomical Clock looks fascinating. Nice photo of the three of you in front of the tower. It seems funny to see peacocks in the snow. I think of them as living in warmer climates – India and Africa. I guess peacocks like to travel too. I love the larger-than-life puppet outside the puppet theatre. What a nice tradition for businesses to have a visual depiction of what’s inside. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your time in Austria and the surrounding area.

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  2. I’m really glad you’re keeping a blog of your travels. When you get back to the States, you might want to format it into a printable book of some sort. Great memories!
    And yes, like Carolyn, you’re giving me a big case of wanderlust ;-).

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