I fell in love with Prague long before I arrived. My research quickly revealed that I probably would never tire of the history, the architecture, the neighborhoods, or the food and beer. I was intrigued by everything I read; from blog posts to guidebooks. I was eager to walk the cobblestone streets, gawk at the amazing architecture, climb a few towers, and stroll over the historic Charles Bridge, with its iconic views. I especially wanted to spend some time exploring Kampa Island, located directly off the Charles Bridge in historic Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter). In addition to discovering all that Kampa has to offer, I wanted to experience the true ambience of the island, so I decided to stay on the Island for a couple of days. Using the Venere hotel booking site I was able to quickly book a room that met all my needs at a reasonable price.
After getting settled into my room, I was off to view the colorful, graffiti laden John Lennon Wall, which attracts artists and tourists from all over the world. I spent quite a bit of time here simply reading the messages, watching visitors add their graffiti to the wall, and taking photographs.
The stream of people never stopped, and I was surprised at how young some of them were. At first I wondered if these young ones even understood the significance of the wall. When Lennon was murdered in 1980 the graffiti covered wall was started by Czech youth as a monument to free speech and non-violent rebellion against the regime. No amount of white washing could make the wall disappear. Many say that that the wall inspired the non-violent Velvet Revolution, which led to the fall of Communism in the Czech Republic in 1989.
I left the wall with the feeling that John would have approved of these young people carrying on his legacy of peace. That famous song hummed in my head for days.
Just steps from the wall is a bridge with it’s rails covered with love locks. I’m sure Lennon would have approved!
They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. I’m sure each has its own unique story attached.
The perfect ending…
I totally enjoyed the two days I spent on Kampa Island, and it’s on my “to return to list” one day. Have you been? What were your impressions?[box type=”shadow”]You can follow BTS on… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Instagram Foursquare [/box]
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