3 days in Prague…
There is so much to see: castles, bridges, museums… but I’m a Bad Tourist, and I always find an excuse to ditch sightseeing for something else (and if you’ve been following me on Instagram, this should be no surprise…). So, if you want to see pictures of Charles bridge or the Prague Castle, buy a guidebook. They have beautiful photos by much better photographers than me. Besides, 3 days is way too short a time to try and see everything, and that would leave no time (or energy) to do what I do best: walk around aimlessly, taking photos of anything not even remotely worthy of a serious tourist’s time…
Of course, there was some low-intensity sightseeing: Professor M and I had a nice dinner cruise on Vltava river. Lots of food, some wine, beautiful scenery. So, let’s get the touristy snaps out of the way:
Wait… Yellow penguins????
Just making sure you’re paying attention… No, seriously, they were there. I have the photo to prove it. How smart of me: otherwise I might have put it down to too much wine…
I may not like big museums, but do love small ones. And Alphonse Mucha museum was certainly worth a visit. As one of the artists / illustrators defining the Art Nouveau style, his more commercial work is probably familiar to most people, but he was also an accomplished, serious painter and a nationalist.
Speaking of art… One of the reasons why I don’t want to plan ahead what to see is that there should always be room for surprises. Such as taking the wrong underground exit and getting lost… only to find something really interesting, such as a small museum above a bar, exhibiting the work of a famous Czech comics illustrator and artist:
While the style and themes of Saudek’s work are very similar to his western contemporaries, they were quite controversial in a country that was still under the communist regime, and as a result suffered from censorship.
However, it is possible to look at his work from the purely aesthetic or cultural point of view, especially if you are interested in 1960’s and 70’s illustration.
And our knowledgeable museum guide told us that one of Saudek’s influences was none other than Alphonse Mucha… Serendipity indeed, to see two such masters. What do you think, can you see the Mucha (left) influence in the pop art painting by Saudek (right)?
Yes, Prague is an interesting place, and there is a lot I didn’t get a chance to see. But at this point my only regret is that we never got to the Chocolate Museum… I guess that means that we’ll have to go back, one day.
I hope you enjoyed the highlights of my very superficial and short visit to Prague.
I will, of course, prepare a post on my travel wardrobe a bit later…
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