Mark wanted to go to the Internet Café to arrange for check-in baggage. The receptionist showed us two nearest Internet cafes previous day. Following the map, we walked westwards on Jecna. There were a lot of historic and decorative buildings in Prague my mother started taking photos while walking on the street. We found Charles Square – a green park square – on the way to riverside. We then turned right at the Karlovo Nam Station, and found one of the Internet Cafes at 9:20. According to the opening hours shown on the front door, it was due to open at 9:30, but the person who was in charge of 22 June arrived late, and she let us enter the shop just after 10:00. The shop was selling various souvenir items. Mark managed to find the relevant pages on the URL site and arranged for check-in luggage for 4 people – it was £30 each if it was booked online.
From Charles Square, it wasn’t far to walk to the post modern building, Dancing House. We walked to the riverside to see that building more closely. Dancing House was built in the late 1990s and had very striking
features – a flowing glass-and-concrete tower – has become known locally as the Fred and Ginger Building. This 1990s building looked a good contrast with old buildings in Prague.
We took the No.22 tram from Lesser Quarter Square and travelled back to I.P Pavlova. Our hotel was quite close to Dvorak Museum; we had decided to visit there for our last destination. Since our arrival at Prague, we had seen the sign for Villa Amerika with Dvorak Museum. We walked on Ke Karlovu and found the building of Villa Amerika. With Prague Cards, we were offered free entry. Antonin Dvorak is one of the well-known composers. The museum displayed a number of documents and musical scores and Dvorak’s memorabilia etc. He travelled to England several times and stayed in New York for three years to act as head of the National Conservatory. His famous symphony, New World Symphony’ and other works of Bohemian and Moravian folk music were inspired by the experience of visit to England and a long period of stay in America. I bought a CD set of the Best of Czech Classics of Smetana and Dvorak.
The character of Svejk on the plate and napkin
For final evening, I chose to go to the famous restaurant, U Kalicha, near Dvorak Museum. This restaurant was the setting for the classic novel The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek. He was one of Franz Kafka’s contemporary writers. There were a lot of intriguing drawings on the wall and wax works related to the characters of Svejk. There was a solo musician who played Czech’s classic music with an accordion. We enjoyed Czech meals and beer, and my mother said that the total bill was lower at U Kalicha than the restaurant at the Old Town Square. She bought a polo shirt with the character of Svejk for her son.
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