Thursday, 17 June 2010

A little piece of England

Driving into Prague from the West, the E50 brings you from Germany along the old Pilsen Road into the district of Smichov, close to where Mozart lived while he was composing Don Giovanni. A turn along the embankment and the same road crosses the river just upstream of the National Theatre.

Straight on, and the road leads to Náměstí Míru, and you'll know when you've arrived because all the streets which radiate from it bear the names of countries or cities. Turn right along Francouzská (France Street) and you end up in Vršovice. Circle the square and turn off left towards Wenceslas Square and you'll be travelling along Anglická (England Street), pronounced 'Anglit-ska'.

Nearby, in no particular order, are Italy, Rome, London, Belgium, America, Romania, the Black Sea, the Crimea, Russia, Moscow, Copenhagen and Uruguay - it's a pretty eclectic collection, but a delightful and important reminder of the cosmopolitan nature of a city which after all sits squarely in the middle of Europe at what is still - to an extent - the division between 'West' and 'East'.

2 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great post. Thanks for all the info.

Alex said...

Thanks Luis. I've been away from the blog for a few months, but am hoping to keep it going a little more regularly now! Grateful for your support; Alex

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