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Prague in June, Day 4 – Sunrise (Part 1)

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On the Sunday, I managed to drag myself out of bed at 4 am to catch the sunrise, my second time, and now something I try to do with many of my trips.  On the way to the Charles Bridge, I passed the Rudolfinum, named in honour of Crown Prince Rudolph of Habsburg and now home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, whom I was lucky enough to watch play.

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Getting up for the sunrise is not just to admire how beautiful everything automatically looks, bathed in the soft light — it’s more the quiet and feeling like I have the place to myself.

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Look at how empty Charles Bridge was compared to the first day in the afternoon, when you can barely move without walking into someone!

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I bumped into a couple on holiday from Malaysia — yay! — who offered to take some photos for me.  Over the four or five days of that trip in June, I met about five Malaysians.

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But of course, you can expect to share the sunrise with photographers…

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And tourists.  And drunk people stumbling home from partying on Saturday night.

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On one side of Charles Bridge, we have this charming yellow house…

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And pretty buildings on the other.

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St Philip Benizi, one of the many statues on Charles Bridge.

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The sun really warming things up.

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Any idea who this is?

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It’s a nice day for a bridal shoot.

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I was a little sleepy, but the empty cobbled alleys were just so inviting.

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The famous Astrological Clock of the Town Hall, acquired in the early 15th century.  The story goes, it was rebuilt by a master clockmaker, Jan Z Růže, and he did such a great job that to avoid him recreating this masterpiece elsewhere, the town councillors had him blinded.  Every hour, a show occurs involving the statues you see.

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To the left are Vanity, who checks himself out in the mirror, and Greed, based on the stereotype of a Jewish moneylender.  To the right are Death — who starts off the show with a tug of the rope with one hand whilst the other raises and inverts an hourglass — and the Turk, representing lust.  Don’t you love how un-PC one of Prague’s top attractions is?  I never managed to photograph the 12 Apostles popping out of the windows because embarrassingly, I had the camera pointed at the wrong spot, plus the one time I had the Town Square to myself (and a dozen other people), I missed the show.  Twice.

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There are so many details I forgot about the trip, but I do remember that boy and girl sat on the bench having a heart-to heart about what to do with their lives after university.  Hey, I couldn’t help that I was within earshot and sunrise is a quiet time.

Check out part two of my Prague at sunrise post..

 

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