Gritty market, Wenceslas Square and the Museum of Communism

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Statue of Stalin
We caught the 8 AM bus to Prague from Vienna. The drive up was interesting. For the most part I was writing this journal. Typing on a computer is extremely difficult on a bus.

When we got into Prague we were able to find our hotel right away. We checked in and had a short rest. Our first stop was a market across the river. Going this way made Prague look very gritty. The market was full of cheap clothes, towels, bags and other stuff. The market is similar to many you can see throughout Asia. Not a place I would recommend going to if you are in Prague for a short time.

After the market we took a tram to Wenceslas Square. The tram ride was interesting because some French students were on the same tram.
Lenin with USSR flag
They would be standing together all of a sudden one would yell "Polka" and they would start dancing. It was pretty funny.

We had a small meal at a sausage stand in Wenceslas square. We then went to the end of the square to Na Prikope the big shopping street in Prague. Flo went to a couple of stores which I didn't mind since it was pretty cold.

We then went to the museum of Communism. This museum documented the time the Czech Republic was under Communism from after World War II to 1989. It's interesting to see a museum with more recent events including some I remember seeing on TV.

The final Czech revolution, the Velvet revolution, was peaceful. However there were several acts that preceded it that were quite violent. There were lots of pictures of police beating up civilians. Plain clothes police would be hiding in the crowds of protestors. It was very hard for people to leave Czechoslovakia during Communism. The state closed the borders. After the Nazi occupation, Czechoslovakia was occupied by a regime that was just as bad.

After our trip to the museum, we went back to our hotel since it was raining. We then had dinner at an Italian restaurant near our Hotel. The restaurant had good pizza and especially enjoyed the Czech beer.

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Statue of Stalin
Statue of Stalin
Lenin with USSR flag
Lenin with USSR flag
Looking over Prague
Looking over Prague
Prague
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