Art Nouveau & Revolutionary Prague

After morning trivia, Jana lead us toward the Municipal House, stopping regularly in front of Art Nouveau facades: the Paris Hotel, and others along the way. We then headed to “New Town”, past the Mucha museum. What a pleasure to walk in sunshine today! Jana took us back into history, the communist occupation, the significance of the Prague Spring, and the emergence of Vaclav Havel. We retraced the footsteps of Prague’s celebrated Velvet Revolution, following the events of November 17, 1989, through the modern city of Wenceslas Square, where thousands of Czechs held up and rattled their keys, telling their Communist leaders that it was time to leave. As the bell rings at the end of Czech stories, the keys symbolically “rang” to end the Communist chapter of Prague’s history. We then headed to an area that was inexistent last year: a new theatre, shopping mall, and modern apartments. A David Cerny sculpture representing Franz Kafka’s head, drew our attention, so did the Dancing House by Frank Gheri. In the evening, our crew celebrated the end of our adventure together, in a typical Czech restaurant, steps from the main square.