It wasn’t until the 1980s that his wall was filled with Lennon/Beatles-inspired quotes, poems, and graffiti. The Communist government had a big problem with the wall, which even triggered a big student riot on the Charles Bridge in the late 80s. Even when authorities would paint over the entire wall, a few days later it would be filled once again. It became a wall for the youth in Prague to vent, because they were deeply oppressed by the Communist regime–western influences were completely restricted, prohibiting any type of Western music to be listened to or played. Over the years the wall came to symbolize a tribute to love and peace.
As we searched the streets for a worthwhile place to eat, we came upon The Pub. I didn’t have any unique expectations for it at first, but as we entered and got settled at our table, we all realized that this was an awesome food stop for the following reasons:
Charles Bridge is named after King Charles IV, who built this bridge to connect the two sides divided by Vltava river. The bridge was iconic to the Czechs because until 1841, it was the only bridge connecting the Prague castle to the Old Town. Thirty statues line both sides of the bridge. They were sculpted and placed in the 16th century, but now all of them are replicas.
Old Town Square is full of cafes, churches, and statues. We were also happy to find two big stands on opposite ends of the square selling hot food such as sausages and gnocchi, and also mulled wine. It was my first time trying mulled wine and it is soo good! It was the perfect warm-up from the freezing cold weather.
In October/November, we came across a Groupon deal on the Spanish Groupon site that we couldn’t pass up! It was a special deal for a four-star hotel in Prague (Hotel Ametyst Praha), valid for 3 nights. We reserved for mid-February, and took Thursday off from school for a long weekend in the Czech Republic. Prague was a beautiful, charming city that was surprisingly smaller than I expected, but full of things to see and do. (But one thing I would fit into the trip if we could do it all over again is a half-day trip to Kutna Hora to see the infamous “bone church.”) And we finally saw our first real snow!