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Prague 2018: Pranks [part08]

These people have a weird humour. Here some examples. First thing, to put pinapple over a pizza.

Graphic rules. They want to dictate what you can or cannot do. In details.

This was in a cemetery. Is it useful to remind that inside is prohibited to inject drugs or to skate? And absolutely forbidden to destroy vegetation or tombs? However beware to transport suitcases inside a cemetery because it is normal that there are thieves ready to steal them.

How have fun during a universal exposition: deformed looking glasses. From their show in 1891 they saved this room and a small Eiffel tower replica.


How to put fun and realism inside your dioramas: wreckages, car crashes, animals at the large, death.






To end, how to use a window to start a war: 1618.

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Prague 2018: Lego Star Wars [part07]

I think that Lego Star Wars was the brand that resolved Lego financial problems years ago on the edge to be closed down. Now Lego is one of the biggest game industries in the world. Here some things that I found in Lego museums. A day will be great to play a Star Wars wargame with Lego pieces.










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Prague 2018: Lego [part06]

You can’t believe this but in Prague there are 3 Lego museums. In a place where museums only for tourist are usual, this couldn’t be so weird indeed. The first one is in the basement of a Lego store and it is narrow with a Lego history feel, the second one is in the basement of Hamleys and is an huge representation of historical buildings of Czech Republic, the third one is a little part of the railway modelling museum.



















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Prague 2018: Games [part05]

And now something less macabre: games in Prague. Here the Golem in the local Hamleys shop.

The communist version of Playmobil.

Playing chess with three people.

Game pieces and dice from Celtic times.

Under a building, instead of a car parking, you can find two storeys with railway model dioramas. More then huge. An hell of buildings and water strangulated by rails that go nowhere. The heaven for a railway modeller.







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Another delicatessen from the Police Museum: an entire section on chemical warfare. Yes, Cold War was a real thing in these surroundings.








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Prague 2018: Firearms [part03]

A gate with a Soviet tank among partisans. Freedom from German rule, changed for a new rule. Near there is the Army Museum, closed for renovation. An excuse to visit again Prague in the next years. However we visited the Police Museum and it is amazing: weapons and stuff from Austrian Empire to modern times. Lots of firearms and uniforms.














And we met the paratroopers remembrance of the resistance of paratroopers in this church after the Heydrich ambush.

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Prague is a city with a strange mix of German and Slavic heritage, and with Hebrew heritage in the mix as well. It’s story has moments where these components collide. How to not remember Hussite period? And what happened in the last 100 years: part of the Austrian Empire, after the WWI as an independent country where German element was banned, then Nazi occupation where Slavic element was banned, followed by Soviet occupation when German element was obliterated, and after the fall of Berlin Wall the new German occupation thru economy. Ziska, from a hill, watch with his only eye the country.
















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Prague 2018: Walk around [part01]

During the winter, with rain and cold, people think about their next vacation in a warmer season. In the meantime here there is the report of my last vacation, the first real trip after the money drop due to my house buying.

Prague is a beautiful city in the middle of Europe, with a Slavic and German feel. Usually people go to Prague for a short trip, a weekend based on romantic views, beer and sex. We stayed for a week, and we based our trip on culture and historical views, instead. Prague is so perfect that it seems a fake city. There is a Disneyland feel that emerges from the tourist setting of the all the city centre: you can’t find real shops but only tourist ones, and this for miles and miles. Its soul is corrupted by tourist traps. Lots of historical things to see but you can find even fake historical things. Three vax museums at short distance are a sign of what I’m saying. However we had great moments and there are some posts about them. Here the first with an overview.








































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