This year my daughter is teaching in a village school just outside Prague. She has introduced her pupils to the game “Simon says” and it has quickly become a firm favourite. For those of you who have not played it, the teacher gives a list of instructions and you have to obey those that have the phrase “Simon says” before them and ignore those that don’t. It is good for teaching a foreign language as the children have to listen if they want to win the game.
These are a few of my “Simon says visit.. ” places in Prague.
The dancing house
The buildings in Prague were largely undamaged during the second world war. However one American bomber pilot got lost on his way to Dresden and damaged a building in the heart of Prague. The Croatian architect Vlado Milunic and the famous Canadian architect Frank Gehry were commissioned to design a new building and in 1996 the dancing house was opened. It is now a hotel with the Fred and Ginger restaurant on the fourth floor.
The Prague Astronomical clock
The famous astronomical clock on the town hall probably dates back to 1410. Though extra features were added later. As well as the time, days of the week and months it shows the signs of the zodiac, and the phases of the moon. On the hour figures emerge including a skeleton, vanity worshiping his reflection in a mirror and greed counting his money. There are also the twelve apostles and the Christ child. We were unable to see it when we visited Prague but work is supposed to finish by November 2018.
The John Lennon graffiti wall
For a long time this was the only place in Prague where graffiti was allowed. I come from Bristol home of Banksy and must admit I wish sometimes our local council would adopt a similar policy.
A dancing bear
Prague has always attracted tourists and one of the popular street acts would have been a dancing bear. When I was in Prague I saw the more traditional brown bear but my daughter spotted this polar bear.
A questionable sculpture
I am not sure what I can say about this sculpture. It is outside the Franz Kafka museum and is called Piss. The pool represents a map of Czechia. You were able to text a message by phone and the men would “write it”.
This post follows on from Prague a short visit to Czechia’s fairy tale capital.
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