Prague in April 2010
Haugnes with contributions from Kristine Burud and Ruth Haugnes
Photo: Kristine Burud and
Note: You can't use any
A few days after Easter 2010, my mom and oldest daughter went
to visit Prague. My mother has been there many times and adores the
town. The picture to the right shows Charles Bridge
crossing Vtlava (Moldau), opposite the powder tower.
In this bulletin, we tell a little about the trip Mum and
Kristine had, and we tell a little about Prague. Most links brings you
to Wikipedia (or my own sites).
|Prague is the capital
of Czech and has been a town at least since 935, when it was described
as «the beautiful town of stones» by the Arabian merchant
Ibraham Ibn Jakob. The center is quite small, which makes it possible
walk around and watch and visit numerous magnificent buildings and
other landmarks, without the need of transport.
The town, especially the old town, is rife with sights.
Kristine, who had never visited Prague before, had to stop all the time
to watch something wonderful or exciting or interesting.
On the left, you can see the tourists resting, while lunching. Later,
in another break, they shot some nice pictures of the paving stones (and pretty
To make sure they'll be able to visit all they wanted to see, the map
reader has an important duty. Above we see her sitting at a lovely and
recommendable Restaurant Kampa by Vtlava (Moldau).
It's hard to notice such small things as a camera team and an ongoing
interview, when Grandmother is taking pictures of Granddaughter.
|In the Franz Kafka Square
a sculpture made exclusively of keys was unveiled in March 2010. I you
click on the left hand picture
you can see the whole sculpture, and get some more information about it
and why it was raised. The artist is Jiří David. Portal of
Prague tells about it here.
|As in lot of other European
towns, Prague has a lot of cemeteries. Many of them are quite
and very beautiful and tells a story.
This picture shows one of the tombstones in the Old Jewish Cemetery.
It's so lovely, standing there with flowers all around it. Here we show another
picture from the cemetery, and we tell more about the Jewish quarter
and the cemetery.
|Prague is very beautifully
situated by the shores of river Vtlava. The center of the old town is
included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.
We have another magic view of Vtlava here.
|Czech is, among other, famous
for its lead glass industry. You can find lead glass everywhere, in all
shapes, and almost all colours. And of course, the glasses are all
remarkable. Lead glass is still cheaper in Czech than in Norway.
A visit to a few of the shops was mandatory. To the right you can see a
display of glasses. Shown like this, it's almost a bit pompous, with
many thick, heavy and shining glasses all over.
They did the right thing: In their luggage they brought with them
twelve red wine glasses. Now they are situated in our cabinet. They are
lovely to nip red wine from.
|Grand Hotel Europa was built in
1889 and is sited in the middle of Prague, on the Wenceslas Square.
The hotel is not expensive and is close to everything. Inside, it's
really magnificent. Our tourists made sure to take some pictures.
|Departure could not be neglected. You don't
have to like to leave Prague,
but you can take a nap in the airport. To the right you can see a
blossoming tree - or some realistic flowers made of paper.
More than 300 pictures were shot. On these few pages, we show only a
few. It was a tough job, to pick only a few, among all the good ones.
Enjoy these pictures and the story. Hope a trip to Prague is tempting.
Added May 1. 2010