Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 115
THE FAIRY TALE
Prague Castle/Mala Strana
tend to fall for Prague with
their introduction to Mala
Strana. Set on the Vltava River's
west bank, the elegant and
often quiet neighborhood may
lack the in-your-face grandeur
of Prague Castle or sections of
the Old Town, but every stone,
brick, and windowpane evokes
romance, as if the city is sweeping you into its arms for a dip.
Photographers with tripods
abound, especially early, when
the morning mist mingles with
the rising sun's rays, and late at
night, as they capture the glow
of antique gas streetlamps.
"This is one of the favorite
parts of the city for both tourists and locals," Frintova says,
"with lots of parks, including
some, like Vrtba Garden, hidden inside blocks of houses."
Enter Mala Strana through the
western gate of the 660-yearold Charles Bridge and follow
its streets' twists and curves
from one palace, abbey, and
garden to another. Sixteenthcentury Wallenstein Garden, a
short walk north of the Charles
Bridge, is a favorite for its
albino peacocks, giant carp and
koi pond, geometric hedges,
and bronzes of Greek heroes.
At its south end, artificial
stalactites drip down a wall,
forming grotesque faces, before
wrapping around an owlery.
The majority of tourists stick
to the "Royal Route," which
starts at Republic Square and
leads west up the long, mostly
The Czechs' passion for beer makes them the largest
consumers of it in the world: a full 142 liters (38 gallons)
per person annually. That's nearly 40 liters more than in Germany
and about 65 more than in the United States.
Clockwise from top left:
Guarding Prague Castle,
Art & Food Had, and Strahov Monastery's library.
Opposite: The view from
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