Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sight Seeing in Prague - Day 3

We visited the Museum of Communism today.  It's well worth a visit.  In the US, our news coverage of the events during Soviet rule and its eventual collapse was not extensive.  Before the internet, I don't think most Americans appreciated just how terrible Soviet rule was.  This museum brings that fact home, as well as poking some fun at Soviet propaganda. 

This poster is saying that with the help of the farmers, no Americans will get through our villages. 

This was the Soviets' gift to the Czech people.

When Nikita Kruschev was eliminating "all things Stalin" in 1962 he ordered it to be blown up, needless to say, it saved the Czechs the trouble of doing it themselves.

The  Czech people finally got rid of the Communists in November 1989.  It was called the Velvet Revolution because it was not as bloody as it could have been.  Gorbachev knew that the Soviet economy was collapsing, and there wasn't much he could do about this. 

Every day, 100,000s of thousands of people were in Wenceslas Square demanding a better government, and finally they got it.

This is the square today.  It's lined with retail.  No one is out in the square because they are all walking in the shade because it is so stinking hot!

Since 1989, Prague has picked itself up, cleaned up the city, and opened for business.  It has not been an easy transition,  but they're getting it done.  When you look at pictures of before and after, it's hard to believe it's the same place.  This is their mega-mall that is just off of the Old Town Square.  Over 200 shops, and it is full.

We're hearing thunder at the moment, and we're really hoping it rains.  It hit 93 today with really terrible humidity.  


  1. We loved Prague. Had visited both in the winter and the summer. It's only a few hours drive from Vienna. It was never that stinking hot for us when we were there in the summer, thankfully. Hopefully your room has air conditioning. (not all do!)

    Apparently Stalin's "head" ended up in the River, where it remains to this day.

    Are you planning a trip out to Kutna Hora? Look it up if you're curious. You can get there by train.

    Have fun!

  2. Definitely sounds like a very interesting museum.

    Hope it cools down for you.