Old Town and Opera

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August 11th 2006
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The morning began with a stroll along the river, then a climb up to a giant metronome on the hill. I belive it's supposed to symbolize Prague's history of music and musical theatre. We then proceeded through the castle gardens to the castle.

First, we climbed the tower of the cathedral -- all 284 steps. It was very, very crowded and very, very claustrophobic -- in fact, this feeling pretty much defined my couple of days in Prague. The view was very nice, however (which also matches my feelings about Prague).

Toured the Old Palace -- liked the Gothic Hall. Wondered which windows served for the various defenstrations of Prague (and why the Bohemians like throwing people out of windows so much).

Very good lunch at a restaurant within the castle walls -- and it was not crowded or cramped at all. An excellent respite.

We then walked through the small, narrow Street of the Archers, which really conjured Disneyland for us ... even seemed to be in 7/8 scale. Sigh; what a tragic view of the world I have.

Had to fight our way across the Charles Bridge but enjoyed the stroll through Old Town. Returned to the hotel for a brief rest.

That night, we attended the Opera -- seeing Mozart's Don Giovanni performed in the same theatre where it debuted under Mozart's conducting a couple of centuries ago. The opera house is very much what you would like an old opera house to be like: rows of boxes, green and gold. The performance was very traditional, as well, with painted scenery drops and very limited props -- but we really enjoyed the voice of the woman who played Zerlina.

Chocolate at the hotel, then bed.

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