Friday, January 29, 2016

Fred and Ginger Go to Prague

The next day was kindof the same as before; we followed the path we were on but added a little more.  Today was the best lighting for the clock though.  The main clock was completed in 1410, with the lower calendar display added in 1490.  The astronomical dial represents the sun and moon positions, the calendar dial with medallions represents the months, and the figures surrounding the clock move on the hour.

The clock has been damaged and repaired many times.  The legend goes that the city will suffer if the clock is not well kept and running smoothly.  We also got a better look at the buildings and details around the clock.

After a while we decided we better work up our body heat by walking a little bit.  We took the curved road (with curved buildings!) to the bridge once more.  We hung out with King Charles before taking off down the bank.

The Dancing House, also known as Fred and Ginger (after famed dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), looked a little better during the afternoon lighting.  It was designed by Vlado Milunić along with the famous Frank Gehry in 1992 and was completed in 1996.  It caused a lot of controversy when it was built; its so modern compared the all the gothic buildings surrounding it, and really, all the rest of the buildings in Prague.  I think it works though, on the corner and with similar, Prague-like colors.  

(photos by e.hunt)

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