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Secret Prague: the University Botanical Gardens

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Summer has finally arrived here in Prague which means it’s hot, hot, hot. I’m not complaining.  It’s just that while I may be fortunate enough to live in an apartment with a view of Prague Castle, don’t imagine that it’s a penthouse: there’s no rooftop garden with a pool or even a balcony.  In those long gaps between lessons, if I want some fresh air and sunshine, this is the place to go.

There are lots of pretty things to look at.

I like the fact that there is a statue with its head missing and a fountain with no water in it: everything here seems a little bit rough around the edges, a little bit lawless, just like Czechland itself.

If it’s raining you can go and have a look in the greenhouses for just 50kc.  They have a huge lily pond there and an impressive collection of cactuses.

See the flowers?  They’re lilac.  That’s all I know about them really.  And there are fish in that pond too: huge orange ones.

All in all, it’s a good place to go with a book if you want to spend an afternoon in peace and quiet and sunshine.  But shh… don’t tell anyone.  It’s a secret.  The 18 tram will take you there – it’s one stop from Karlovo Namesti.

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