Czech It Out

Allison Body is a student at Rockhurst University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Allison is currently studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic on an ISA Fall 1 program.

Now that I have finally settled into classes, I have had more time to really explore Prague, which I still can’t believe is my home for a few months!  Here is a little look into some sites in Prague:

Czech Folk Festival

Czech Folk Festival.  The festival was at a park with little food and drink tents and a stage with Czech singers and dancers in traditional costumes.  Some friends and I saw performances ranging from a children’s choir to an old man singing a beautiful solo.  We enjoyed all of this while sitting on the grass with a bottle of Czech wine, a cheese platter, and some delicious bread.

U Fleku.  U Fleku is the oldest brewery in Prague.  It was built in the 1400’s, and they have been brewing the same dark beer since then.  We got to see all of the different steps of the beer making process, as well as all of the paintings and engravings decorating the old buildings.  Our tour guide let us guess what the paintings of leaves and flowers on the wooden ceiling were made of: a mixture of pig’s blood, eggs, honey, and other food items they had available at the time (we never would have guessed those ingredients!).

Engraving on one of the U Fleku Brewery buildings
Boiling vat and paintings inside U Fleku Brewery.

Leggi Bridge.  The other day I spent an afternoon exploring a district of Prague by the Leggi Bridge, which was a place I hadn’t seen much of yet.  I have decided that the Leggi Bridge might be best viewing point of Prague I have found so far.  From the bridge you can see the famous Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as all of the colorful buildings on both sides of the river.  There is an island in the middle of the river, and I spent the afternoon there trying to read, but really just staring at the changing leaves and the beautiful view.

View from the Leggi Bridge.  Beautiful!

Next on my list: Communism Museum—probably this Wednesday!

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