Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Yet More Czech Puckishness

This picture above contains several elements of silliness. Now maybe it was built when there was no humour involved but the humour is palpable now. Those who have been to Paris will recognize that the bridge looks awfully like Paris' Pont Alexandre III. And for a good reason! Though I am not sure what the reason is. But Prague is a beautiful city beautifully laid out along the Vltava (Moldau), much as Paris lies along the Seine. This bridge also sits at the end of the Parizsker street - featuring Dior and the like, and a beautiful tree-lined boulevard. Something is going on!

There is more. Take a look at that funny thing at the top of the picture. You are looking at the Prague Metronome. My tour guide commented that it was a symbol of the passing of time and of how time changes things; it is sited where a great statue of Stalin sat originally, clearly a key lesson in this vein.

If you have any doubts about the Czech enthusiasm for things Parisian, check (no pun) this out! From Petrin Hill.


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