martedì 3 gennaio 2012
More Prague for all
I chose this video because it is set in Prague and it's from Subsonica one of my favourite bands. I probably already mentioned that in one of my previous posts. I also mentioned that I have the hots for the lead singer and I have had them for years but that's another story.( By the way Samuel what do I have to do to meet you?) I spent just a couple of days in Prague but it was enough to agree with all the people who told me it is a real beauty. In fact I think I have seen it only partially and it would be time to go back again. I basically went to meet my sister who was there for a set and costume international exhibition festival or something like that and I joined in . What's there to say? All of you who have already been there (and I know that there's many of you)know that it's one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It's also one of those cities always full of tourists like Florence where you can hardly walk around and you have to push thorugh the crowd to get somewhere. In Saint Wenceslaus square for example you have to slalom through crowds in order not to be photograped with all those posing on it. Dancing House. This one is very interesting, even because apart from its beautiful even though controversial architecture, it was very much appreciated and supported by Vaclàv Havel one of my favorite Presidents of all times, who unfortunately recently passed away. He was the actual evidence that being creative is a plus even when working in politics. Well, he wasn't only that really . If you see the definition of him of the link with Wikipedia it says playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was a passionate intellectual who spent years in prison in order to defend his beliefs and was the one to establish the European day of remembrance for the victims of Stalinism and Nazism or International Black Ribbon Day. Summing up : a great man , one of those who happen only once every so many years. Jubilee synagogue and the Old Jewish cemetery. If you've never been to a Jewish cemetery this is certainly an experience. In the one in Prague you will see a high number of tombstones all close to each other and almost piled up one on top of the other. The number of graves is actually not known since according to the Jewish tradition there are layers of tombs. As a matter of fact, as the relevant Wikipedia section describes "According to halakhah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves". The result is somewhat intriguing and fascinating ( at least it was for me).