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After we were done with our free walking tour, we spent more time wandering around Prague.
Although it was lunch time, we weren’t too hungry yet. There was trdelnik (a type of sweet pastry, 50 Kč), on sale and it was enticing enough for us to buy one.
From Old Town Square, we walked to Wenceslas Square.
Ying’s feet were hurting from all the walking and I needed the bathroom. Starbucks to our rescue.
After Starbucks, we decided to go for lunch. Our host had recommended Cafe Louvre as a good place to have our meal and it took us some time to find it.
Since it was after lunch hour, it didn’t take long for the waiter to sit us.
Although the waiters were dressed quite stuffily, the prices were very reasonable. There was also the option of ordering half-portions which we did.
When the food was served, we thought that we were mistakenly served the full portion.
The food was pretty decent and the total bill came to a very agreeable 350 Kč (inclusive of a glass of dark beer shared between the two of us).
After our stomachs were refueled, we set off towards the river to find Prague’s landmark: Charles Bridge.
Ying had an idea while walking there; instead of taking photos on it, why don’t we take photos of it?
A short walk later, we found ourselves at the bridge.
It was really crowded as a pedestrian bridge. Sharing them were buskers, portrait artists and of course the tourists.
Ying remembered that the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe (visited during our bicycle tour in Berlin) was inspired by the Old Jewish cemetery in Prague. We decided to walk back to Josefov to take a look.
Honestly I didn’t expect that the cemetery to be above the street level. Apparently there were many layers of graves (up to 12) as the cemetery ran out of land and the Jews couldn’t purchase more for burial. As the tombstones were not supposed to be removed according to Jewish customs, this resulted in the old and new(er) tombstones being placed closely to one another.
Ying suggested that we visited Lennon Wall after that. I had no idea where it was or how to get there so we decided to consult the concierge of Intercontinental Hotel Prague.
The friendly concierge told us that Lennon Wall is located in Malá Strana and gave us a tourist map with the approximate directions. On hindsight, we should have gone there after visiting Charles Bridge.
We couldn’t locate the wall initially and had to ask a girl who happened to walk past. Overall, I was impressed by Czech’s level of spoken English. Perhaps it’s in Prague only?
The wall was a normal one until 1980s when John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics started to appear. Over years the communist authorities had repainted the wall but the graffiti would reappear soon after. The original John Lennon’s portrait had been painted over many times but there were always new ones.
She wasn’t pleased when other tourists started to copy her idea. Well imitation is best form of flattery…
It was already dark when we left Lennon Wall to make our way back. Prague’s buildings were by then beautifully lit up.
It was a long day with lots of walking around the beautiful sights. However, both Ying and I agreed that we preferred Berlin over Prague. Perhaps visiting Prague before Berlin would have been a better idea.