24hrs in Prague
All of us woke up with piercing lights in our light studio at 6am. My mom has the habit of prepping breakfast at hotels/airbnbs instead of munching out on the streets. A quick breakfast, dressed up and we were out roaming on the streets. Travelling in a group is always a tiny bit complicated because all of us have different interest.
I was super interested in Alphons Mucha when I was a student, so when I found out that there was a Alphons Mucha musuem, I had to go and feast my eyes!
The Museum is tiny. But if you like his works, it's worth a visit. Somehow, Jean and I managed to pass as students, and got our tickets at 320czk (12€? I can't really remember much).
The lady at the counter didn't really bother checking out IDs for our age or what not. She did ask for our student passes, but we just randomly said that we forgot it. Surprisingly, she didn't ask for more, and let us in with a student ticket.
The Museum is located somewhere near Wenceslas Square, it was about 8mins walk to the Museum. There's lots of Mucha art works, some included steps by steps. I was really impressed how they maintain all these art works, afterall, his era was more than 150 years ago. They even had a video room that showed various parts of his life.
Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in the Museum, that left me with only a memory of the ticket passes at the entrance. There's also a souvenir shop that sells lots of posters. But there wasn't a convincing tote-bag that was nicely printed to my preference.
I left the shop with a couple of postcards and found a post office not too far away.
Paint a Brick
Paint a brick was a charity donation for people with mental disabilities. I saw it the day before when I was strolling through Wenceslas Square, but I didn't have time to look through them. I passed by them again, and decided to paint something since it's way of helping people.
A brick cost 150ckz, which was some 5.80€? You are able to bring them home, but it was too heavy for my budget flight luggage. I was eggcited to paint a brick, but I wasn't sure what to paint. So a random idea came by to paint our "origins". Jean came all the way from Singapore, which was represented by an owl-like Merlion, and while I came from Singapore, my upbringing was more french in some way, which was represented by the Eiffel Tower :)
If you follow me on instagram @twopartsofone, you may have noticed some hashtag #7timbers. #7timbers represent my 7 of my closest friends from school more than 10 years ago. You can look up the hashtag on instagram and look at all sorts of crazy things we do :P #timeflies
St Vitus Cathedral
In the 1920s the sculptor Vojtěch Sucharda worked on the façade, and the famous Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha decorated the new windows in the north part of nave. Frantisek Kysela designed the Rose Window 1925-7 which depicts scenes from the Biblical story of creation. By the time of St. Wenceslas jubilee in 1929, the St. Vitus cathedral was finally finished, nearly 600 years after it was begun. Despite the fact that entire western half of Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic addition, much of the design and elements developed by Peter Parler were used in the restoration, giving the Cathedral as a whole a harmonious, unified look.
I was so pumped to snap photos of Prague's cityscape that I signed up to climb up a flight of stair to reach the top of the Clock Tower. Except I didn't know that those 280 steps up the tiny enclosed spiral staircase felt like 2800 steps instead. For the first time in my life, I felt so claustrophobic. Even my vision started spinning a little. When I finally lifted my feet out to the first step on the little platform, my feet were sooo jelly! Well, not working out often probably plays a huge part — as mocked by my brother. He was completely fine :P I had to sit down for some moments before I could get my feet walking.
It costs 150ckz to access the Clock Tower. The entrance is a different one on the side, so if you entered from the main door, you'll have to exit and proceed to the side where you see the clock on it. There's absolutely no lift access from what I saw. So get ready to climb all the way up! When we started our climb, the skies were in a pretty shade of blue. But when I up, dark clouds were looming upon us— then it started raining.
We waited for night fall to go to Charles bridge to look at the sunset.
Sunset's later during the summer, so we waited... There were lots of people, tourists mostly, all of us were just snapping away for the perfect night view.