On every trip that we do, I have the best intentions when it comes to running. I pack all of my workout clothes, shoes, and necessary gear. In fact, I pack multiples of each – because, let’s face it, sometimes sightseeing is just better done in comfy dri-fit. The sad reality is that I never run even 1/10 of how much I HOPE I will while we are traveling. The main reason: We wake up early, and head out for the entire day, and get back to our hotel exhausted. OR, we don’t head out at all because we want a “down-day” and then I just don’t feel like running.
The me I want to be, gets up to run EVREY morning… no matter where we are, no matter how late I am up, and no matter how I feel. But alas, although I have made some huge changes over the last few years, I haven’t been able to master this one. Even when we are at home, I can’t get it right! There are a few VERY RARE occasions where I do get my butt in gear, and this beautiful night in Prague was one of them!
While we were in Prague, we stay in Prague 7 (Praha 7) – a municipal district in Prague, Czech Republic. Its one of the smallest Prague districts and stretches along the left bank of the Vltava. In the Northern part is located Troja with the world-famous Prague Zoo. It’s linked to the city centre by metro line C. We really loved the spacious, yet architecturally amazing, streets of this district. We took a lot of public transport in Prague, so we got to know this area – as you do, when you need to find trams stops, and metro lines.
Here are a few pictures from my time spent jogging around “Praha 7″…
Along my run, I came across these huge bronze Chinese zodiac sculptures. They were part of an exhibit by Ai Weiwei called “Circle of Zodiac Heads”. Justin’s Chinese Zodiac Sign is a Pig, mine is a Rat, and Eli’s is a horse. I took pictures of all of them, and above is a close-up of Eli’s one.
“Circle of Zodiac Heads is an artwork by Chinese contemporary artist and political commentator, Ai Weiwei. The work comes in a small (gold) and large (bronze) version. Created in 2010, the zodiac heads (a Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig) are inspired by those which once comprised a water clock-fountain at the Old Summer Palace… In May 2015, Sean Parker paid US$4.4 for the small (gold) version of the 12-sculpture work by Ai Weiwei. In June 2015, a large (bronze) version sold at auction for $5.4 million.”
Prague Exhibition Center
Event though I had no particular goal in mind, I wasn’t completely sure how safe I was running around the streets of Prague at night. I therefore decided to turn around when I got to this Exhibition Centre. Before heading back to our apartment, I took some time to admire the gorgeous sunset colors, and the Exhibition grounds.
Maybe someday I will do a “runography” post for every city we go to. Haha – someday! If you find yourself in Prague, and you want to join some other runners for a tour of Prague, check out this website: Running Prague.
This company has a number of jogging tours in Prague – both for experienced and inexperienced runners. What a great way to combine sightseeing with a nice feeling of being fit!