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Apurva_N Apurva_N
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Kafka City Jul 28, 2013
Has to be among my favourite European cities ... if for nothing else, then just for Franz Kafka ... do a trail visiting so many Kafka places in the Old Town itself, starting from the Clock Tower itself .... just around the corner is a house in which he lived, then a favourite meeting place, his school, office, a cafe he frequented, another house, yet another house (for he changed frequently as he progressively went poorer), and countless other associations ... and then up to the Golden Lane, where at No. 22 you will find the little room, his sister's room (now a bookshop) where he often wrote, ... and move on till you finally reach his cemetery.. in front of his grave you will think of the Trial and the Castle and the Metamorphosis at once ... of course, when you return to town, you can buy books in the bookshop in the Old Town Square that used to be his dad's place ... you can buy tacky Kafka t-shirts and stay in Hotel Kafka further away, you can even buy books on doing a Kafka trail and countless versions of "Kafka and Prague" (to think, as you do this, that he was hardly anyone when alive, with just a fraction of his little work published, sick and poor and crazed) ... so when you have had your fill of Kafka (I never seem to have), don't forget the beer (the grog's good too in winter), drink loads of it in any of the many cosy bars, read the books you bought, look at the pretty crowd smooching around, eat a sandwich or so (I would rather spend on drink than on food in Prague), step out and roam around the Old Town a bit more and sit on the benches (beware of the prostitutes who can also double up as thieves), then head to your hotel ... Hotel Kafka ... or that wonderful ancient place just a few buildings away from Kafka's office building ... won't tell you the name ... you'll find it anyway if you do the Kafka trail ...
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