Visiting Prague soon

Where to go? What to see? How to get there?

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Postby brad » 10-Nov-08 18:29

I'm sorry I didn't see your PM until now. Thanks for the effort to contact me.

We did attend the HC Slavia Praha v Plzen game on the 4th. It was a good game and it was fun to see the very organized cheering sections. The O2 arena was very new and nice.

We got to see a lot of the typical Prague sites:

Prague Castle and St Vitus
Charles Bridge
Cocktails on a boat on the river
Old Town
Lesser Town
New Town
Jewish Quarter
Vysehrad
Dancing house
Many churches (St Vitus, St Ludmilla, Tyn, St Nicholas, St Francis, Our Lady Victorious, SS Peter and Paul, St Barbara)
Mucha Museum
Museum of Communism
Kutna Hora and Sedlec
Cesky Sternberg (a less visited castle in a pretty setting)

Since we were staying at the Hotel Beranek (nice place if the location works for you - good included breakfast) we walked several times up and down Wenceslas Square when going to and from Old Town.

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Of course, there were many more things to see that we didn't get to, but we saw a lot.

I would sometimes get up early and see things before they were busy, or would wander in the evenings to find new things. Seeing Prague Castle in the morning is great since it's almost empty and the morning fog made for interesting pictures

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Visiting the Charles Bridge at night was nice too.

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I also walked towards the TV tower at night and stumbled across the unusual Church of the Sacred Heart nearby. Both were very neat when lit up at night.

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We had many good meals (I enjoy gulas, so it was great to visit a country where it's so popular). I think my favorite place was U Graffu next to the IP Pavlova station. The food was very tasty, well priced and the restaurant was a nice place.

Whenever I wandered, I usually found something neat. I went up to the Holesovice area to see the marketplace. While the main market wasn't that interesting to me, the farmers market was neat (beautiful peppers were only 30K per kg) and I found some beautiful graffiti at the Vltavska metro station.

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I definitely recommend the Mucha museum for anyone into art nouveau or art in general. While I learned a bit of Czech history in the Museum of Communism, I didn't think the exhibits made it a notable stop.

Vysehrad is a very peaceful place to visit after walking busy streets and tourist sites. It's quiet and pretty. The church has lovely art nouveau paintings of saints and the cemetery has many unique and creative tombstones.

The small amount of Czech I learned didn't turn out to be very useful other than the courtesy of words like 'please' and 'thank you' in the recipients native tongue. Almost anytime I tried to speak in Czech, I received an English response - which made things easy, but I had hoped to use it a bit more after devoting many hours to learning.

This was my first trip into a former "eastern block" country and I was struck by the numerous memorials to victims of the communist regime.

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I also brought along an older film camera loaded with B&W film to try and capture some of Prague in the special way that B&W does.

St Vitus:

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View of Old Town from the Charles Bridge tower:

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Groom entering St Ludmilla

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Postby kibicz » 10-Nov-08 19:34

Gotta say WoW. Nice pictures! :-)
I need my czenglish corrected! (including this signature;)
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Postby brad » 10-Nov-08 21:23

Thanks - I've got a bunch more. I enjoy taking pictures and there were many lovely things to photograph in and around Prague.
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Postby Polednikova » 11-Nov-08 7:54

Yes, really super photos, Brad. And you obviously did fine without my notes! Never mind, I've done them now and someone else will be able to benefit in the future, I'm sure. I'm particularly pleased that you got up to Vyšehrad, which is one of my favourite places in Prague.

Re your photos, are you on Facebook? Are you going to put them on there? And a stupid question, but can you take digital black and white pictures or did you scan them in?
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Postby wissy » 11-Nov-08 10:58

Hey Brad,

These really are superb photos. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us. It's what MyCzechRepublic is all about. :D
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Postby brad » 11-Nov-08 16:12

Thanks for the compliments. I enjoyed taking pictures in Prague.

I am on Facebook, but the pictures are not posted there. If you'd like to see these and others, you can look at my Prague galleries on SmugMug (great photo hosting site) - http://bradjudy.smugmug.com/share/MLjsdelpuesng

The B&W photos were taken with film and then I scanned the negatives. You can take B&W pictures with a digital camera (or convert the pictures to B&W later), but it does not have the same effect as B&W film.

Here's an example of one of my film pictures:

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And a nearly identical digital picture converted to B&W:

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You can see how the digital one has less contrast and detail.

With a little bit of adjustment, the digital image can me made to look more like film:

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Postby SMZ » 12-Nov-08 16:02

Hi, Brad -- I just want to chime in and add my own "Wow" to the list! You obviously have a good eye for capturing images that resonate with the viewer.

It sounds like you crammed a lot into your trip and I hope you'll be able to return to the Czech Republic in the future.
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