Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Walking the Vltava

The Prague weather has been lovely, a babi leto. Saturday morning seemed like a good time to acquaint Jesse with my roller-blading path along the Vltava, which goes pretty much from Vyšehrad to Modřany. It was the first time I had seen it at a slow speed.
Somewhere in the vicinity of the border between Podolí and Braník is the freeway bridge.

We discovered a mysterious set of steps.

Under the bridge there is some interesting graffiti.

We were intrigued by the building on the hill across the river.

Some cygnets, who matched the river water surprisingly well, displayed their preening techniques for us.

I am especially fond of this grove of trees.

The golf course has various warning signs, which we found perversely entertaining. Golf here is even more the domain of the ambitious businessman than it is at home.

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Anonymous bikerbar said...

The building is the modernist barrandov restaurant by Max Urban from the 1920s. I think its under reconstruction .. it takes some time to get out there.

The ruins of a large outdoor swimming pool from 1930 are hidden in the bushes below .. I've been meaning to check it out ...

September 27, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

Sounds like a good adventure. The building looked in rather poor repair but it did seem like it could be a restaurant or suitable place for large events, given the big ground-floor windows and view.

September 27, 2006 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

I thought it might be something cool. We'll have to check that out sometime.

September 27, 2006 9:55 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Great path!

(There are quite a few steps to nowhere like that in Pittsburgh, usually where a large house was.)

September 28, 2006 5:15 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

I doubt there was a house in this case, but you never know. More likely a former path, I'm guessing.

September 28, 2006 1:40 PM  

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