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A Czech Christmas

December 28, 2009

Christmas in Prague – Five things to Remember:

1) The Christmas decorations are classy, festive and beautiful. And everywhere. Except our hotel, which was a bit rubbish. But the tree and nativity in the main square more than made up for it.

 2) You will eat a lot of sausage. And bread. And drink much hot wine and Sekt. Much of it while you are walking around. But all this conspires to keep you warm which is really rather clever.
 3) You will walk everywhere, and while you won’t get cold (see above), your feet will eventually start to throb. Cure this with lots of stopping to ‘rest’ in a beer cellar, such as U Flecku.

 4) Christmas Concerts in ancient baroque churches give a certain gravitas to the festive proceedings that is rather overwhelming. Holy Night, sung in Latin by a Czech soprano in a mirrored chapel was a special moment. I had goosebumps, and I wasn’t cold.

5) A crisp, clear, blue day can be better than a snowy one. And much, much more beautiful. The sunlight, trickling it’s way through the trees on Kampa Island will stay with me for a long time.

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