The Castle District and Marionette Theatre
02.07.2011 - 02.07.2011 13 °C
I felt very fresh and alert upon waking up today. I start to do a tentative planning of destinations after Prague. (I had always go with the flow and normally just go where I feel like going)
I head back to the castle district to check out the remaining sites and was "surprised" by a sudden ticket inspection. I forgot to validate my ticket and was promptly fined 700Kc; lesson learned, never ride the public transport in Prague without a validated ticket, they'd make sure you pay. Well, it's my own fault anyway, so no complaints here.
I explored the remaining grounds, which includes the old palace, basilicas, some galleries and the golden lane. There's a band playing good music inside the castle as well, this time it was a pleasant surprise.
Some snapshots of the area
I was drawn to the portraits of war and the weapons collections in this area.
Toured the Lobkowicz Palace for more historical insights and while I was there, I had the opportunity to sit in a Mozart's concert. Before this little tour, I haven't have much exposure to his music, it turns out that I actually like his music. The little concert was in a pretty little room.
Btw, more info about the House of Lobkowicz can be found on this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobkowitz
I made another funny mistake by ordering too much food for lunch, it has somehow slipped my mind that European Portion is way larger than the ones I used to have at home. Ended up stuffing myself so much that would be probably fill my famished self until tomorrow
Met a solo lady traveller after lunch. She came to Prague on impulse which surprised her as normally she wouldn't travel alone. We became quick friends due to our rather similar characters and it felt nice to be able to converse in Mandarin (She's from Shanghai but is working in Paris). Spent the afternoon going around the castle district together and when the times come for us to part, she offered another possible destination for my travels, Paris. And now it seems like I have more options on my my plate.
I walked back to town, crossing the Charles Bridge (This bridge points to the road of salvation and is another architectural beauty) and stopping along the way just to observe how people interact plus the very lively atmosphere around me.
Bumped into an Israeli couple and we talked about the Middle East and they were astonished that in Malaysia, normal citizens will not be allowed to step foot in their country, the discussion became funny when they actually start to come out with actual doable plans for me to leave my Malaysian citizenship (To quote them:" That nation is not suitable for your future") I turned them down because I have decided that I will stay a Malaysian unless circumstances outside my jurisdiction pushes me out of the country.
Went to my first Marionette Theatre and it was a real treat The Opera was Don Giovanni. The Marionettes did funny stunts and the occasional pranks on the audience made this a memorable experience. The entire opera was in Italian and I do not understand a single word. But music crosses all languages barriers and I understood the content when the singing starts, and the message was throughly conveyed. Music, is indeed a wonderful creation.
To wrap up the nice surprises, there's fireworks over Charles Bridge at night. What a day