Thursday, August 30, 2007


I'm sure most of you have heard about Prague's famous clock in Old Town Square. And I'm sure you've all heard of the hoopla surrounding the ticker every hour on the hour. Well let me just tell you that the clock's "behaviour" of sorts is a myth that needs serious debunking.

None of the people I visited in Prague said anything about the clock and its purported hourly extravaganza. They just left it up to me to discover.

So after a dominant Czech lunch, my brother, sister, and I headed to Old Town Square to check out the clock. A big crowd had gathered, most with cameras, some with video cameras. The person standing directly in front of us had his video camera rolling at the dawning of the hour, at which point I remarked to my brother, "Why would anyone want to video tape this?"

That remark still stands. Cool clock, mind you.


At 2:56 PM, Blogger ryan101 said...

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At 2:59 PM, Blogger ryan101 said...

i remember being more concerned with the cool toys and games the street sellers had on the go.

and buying a warm hat because i was there in the middle of winter.

i'm sure i have a photo of the clock somewhere though...

At 2:23 AM, Blogger Blanka said...

Finally indeed! I tell people about it if they ask. My response generally involves this; it is the most anti climatic thing you will ever witness. And yes that's it!

One person suggested to us that he thought they should release a dove for each hour. So at 2 oclock 2 doves, 3 oclock, 3 doves, etc, etc. That would be way cooler!

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

I believe how it really went was I had asked what was so special about this clock, and you began to give vague explanations and ultimately confessed, "I don't know, but it's certainly not worth videotaping." Luckily for all present, there was a man videotaping it directly in front of us who stopped halfway through the clock's performace. I hope that either a) he doesn't speak English and they watch that video over and over again blissfully unaware, or b) that he does speak English and is too embarrassed to watch the video ever again.


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