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Chapter 28: Mucha do about Prague

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Despite our aching heads, we made it to our second walking tour with Tom, through the hills of the royal palace. We survived the tram up the hill and walked through a church to overlook the royal fruit tree garden, open to the public, and another amazing view of the city. We went down the royal streets, and learned the history of some vengeful architects over the years. First, at the Royal Palace, we learned that in Czech, “horny” means your partner is cheating on you, which is what happened to one of the Kings after he did not pay his architect enough money, who then slept with the king's wife and secretly mounted stag horns to face the common people to punish the king. This guy must have been pretty brave considering the King could have chopped off his head...
The second story was hidden in the entrance of the main palace (9th century, home of Bohemian Kings, Holy Roman Kings and Czech presidents). After the main architect was not paid, he wrote that you are entering the house of the king in the ANO(bum), instead of ANNO (year). The locals like this so much they didn't even fix this “misspelling” when it was re-painted. The Czech know how to have a good laugh...even if they always look so serious! Before we went through the gates though, we met Mr. Creamy. Tom was goods friends with him as he saw him every day he took a tour through the gates. Mr. Creamy wore a jacket with lots of patches and buttons and held a huge sign in protest against his government. He had been doing this every day for over 2,000 days because after the Soviet powers left only 1 of his properties was returned to him. Pretty nice guy.

In the inner courtyard was a Snow White-esque wishing well, and a huge goth style Cathedral of St. Vitus with a special Mucha designed glass window. We caught a tram back and later made it to a very cool club called Kross Club which was styled in a steam-punk theme of moving gears and many levels of bars and trees growing through the inner couryard. We even found a hedgehog on the way home!

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Posted by Kev n' Ariel 07:11 Archived in Czech Republic

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