November 18, 2007

Postcards from the Czech Republic I

Grand Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), the famous spa town. One of the best hotels in town, this is also one of Europe's oldest hotels. Parts of "Casino Royale" were filmed here. Yes, I walked in Daniel Craig's footsteps *sighs*
The German writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a frequent visitor to Carlsbad. He would take walks in town with Beethoven.

The International Film Festival is held here at the Hotel Thermal in July.
Hotel Thermal. Can you tell the Communists built it?
Karl Marx wrote part of "Das Kapital" in Karlovy Vary.
Goethe, then 72 years old, fell in love with 17 y.o. Ulrika von Levetzow from another popular spa town, Marianske Lazne (Marienbad).
Goethe wrote "Elegy from Marianske" after Ulrika rejected his marriage proposal and never returned to the region. Ulrika never married and kept small relics of the poet.

Albert Einstein lived in this house in Old Town, Prague when he was a professor at Prague University.

Franz Kafka Exhibition on the site of the building where he was born.
Lennon Wall in Mala Strana (Lesser Town), then a symbol of defiance of the Communist regime. (Thanks to Lynn for this picture.)
It is across the French Embassy and it is said that when the democratically elected government came to power , the ambassador asked the mayor not to interfere with the monument.


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