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Prague 2013

we're back in Prague after a dozen years...
we're back in Prague after a dozen years...
...rediscovering its remarkable mix of architectural styles
...rediscovering its remarkable mix of architectural styles
here's the Municipal House, now a gallery and concert house
here's the Municipal House, now a gallery and concert house
we're here for an exhibit of posters by Alfons Mucha, appropriate in this Jugendstil building
we're here for an exhibit of posters by Alfons Mucha, appropriate in this Jugendstil building
then onto the streets for a first look around
then onto the streets for a first look around
a mix of deco and contemporary!
a mix of deco and contemporary!
now we're distracted while hunting for books...
now we're distracted while hunting for books...
... in the shops on Václavské náměstí
... in the shops on Václavské náměstí
as evening approaches, we head past the Moorish Revival Jubilee synagogue
as evening approaches, we head past the Moorish Revival Jubilee synagogue
and look for a tram back to our hotel...
and look for a tram back to our hotel...
...where we meet friend and expert family researcher Paul for dinner
...where we meet friend and expert family researcher Paul for dinner
the next morning it's over the bridge to the old town again
the next morning it's over the bridge to the old town again
this time we're heading for the 13th~15th c. convent of Saint Agnes...
this time we're heading for the 13th~15th c. convent of Saint Agnes...
...now the national gallery of medieval art
...now the national gallery of medieval art
under the floors here lie the bones of kings and queens of Bohemia
under the floors here lie the bones of kings and queens of Bohemia
[we tread lightly]
[we tread lightly]
above, an impressive collection of art from central Europe
above, an impressive collection of art from central Europe
and some lovely rooms and halls
and some lovely rooms and halls
back out in the Josefov neighborhood...
back out in the Josefov neighborhood...
...admiring the building facades
...admiring the building facades
we duck the rain in the decorative arts museum...
we duck the rain in the decorative arts museum...
...itself a highly decorated building
...itself a highly decorated building
not surprisingly there is an excellent display of middle-European glass
not surprisingly there is an excellent display of middle-European glass
perhaps we've had a few too many dumplings
perhaps we've had a few too many dumplings
from the second-floor windows, we can look over the old Jewish cemetery
from the second-floor windows, we can look over the old Jewish cemetery
from the riverfront, the castle watches over us
from the riverfront, the castle watches over us
now we zigzag our way toward the old town square
now we zigzag our way toward the old town square
it's easy to get lost...
it's easy to get lost...
...but every wrong turn is right
...but every wrong turn is right
old Jan Hus looks just as frustrated as on our last visit...
old Jan Hus looks just as frustrated as on our last visit...
...despite his excellent view of the square
...despite his excellent view of the square
now we head south toward Národní street...
now we head south toward Národní street...
...where we meet Jan, a friend and the project coordinator of the Czech 10 Stars program of Jewish heritage preservation
...where we meet Jan, a friend and the project coordinator of the Czech 10 Stars program of Jewish heritage preservation
then around the corner we visit the church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius...
then around the corner we visit the church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius...
...where the assassins of Reinhard Heydrich took refuge...
...where the assassins of Reinhard Heydrich took refuge...
...and were ultimately killed by Nazis and collaborators
...and were ultimately killed by Nazis and collaborators
the sun begins to set and the rain begins to fall again...
the sun begins to set and the rain begins to fall again...
...but there's so much to look at!
...but there's so much to look at!
a contemporary take on turn-of-the-century decor
a contemporary take on turn-of-the-century decor
finally we catch a metro train back to our hotel
finally we catch a metro train back to our hotel
the next morning we are in the Holešovice quarter for more art
the next morning we are in the Holešovice quarter for more art
there is a free street art museum...
there is a free street art museum...
but we're after the large national gallery of modern art across the street
but we're after the large national gallery of modern art across the street
first stop is the monumental painting collection by Alfons Mucha...
first stop is the monumental painting collection by Alfons Mucha...
...the Slav Epic, which celebrates Slavic history from its beginnings...
...the Slav Epic, which celebrates Slavic history from its beginnings...
...across two millenia and vast landscapes
...across two millenia and vast landscapes
then we travel up to the top to wind our way down through the displays
then we travel up to the top to wind our way down through the displays
there are collections of works in many materials...
there are collections of works in many materials...
...including architecture and outdoor sculpture
...including architecture and outdoor sculpture
this sketch is by Osvald Polívka (no relation), architect of the Municipal House
this sketch is by Osvald Polívka (no relation), architect of the Municipal House
but of course there is also glass...
but of course there is also glass...
...and an excellent collection of graphic art
...and an excellent collection of graphic art
a selection of woodcuts is a highlight of the collection
a selection of woodcuts is a highlight of the collection
the collection concludes with some amusing movie posters
the collection concludes with some amusing movie posters
and a temporary exhibit which draws us in, to daydream...
and a temporary exhibit which draws us in, to daydream...
with resounding words?  Or something like... we'll have to come back!
with resounding words? Or something like... we'll have to come back!