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Christmas on Old Town Square 2008
Prague

It's Christmas again in Prague. Old Town Square is packed again. As the years pass by, the scene here on old town square gets busier and busier. Pictured here is a lovely "trdelnik" stand. Trdelnik is a rolled pastry cooked on a fire, as you can see. After removing the pastry from the metal bar, they cut it up and sprinkle it with sugar. It's one of the tastier winter snacks. Accompanying your trdelnik you might want to have a "svarak" (mulled wine) or a grog (rum and hot water with lemon juice).

There seems to be a tradition to make the christmas tree decoration more obnoxious every year. This year, the tree has some interesting LED lights which resemble dripping fire. As if the tree is full of oil lamps that are dripping fuel. I wonder what kind of lights will festoon the tree in 5 or 10 years. Holograms of santa, perhaps.

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Uploaded: 19/12/2008
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