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Opatovicka Street


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Opatovicka Street makes up one strand in the Nove Mesto spiderweb, of the older part that's behind > and Karlovo Namesti. Although it's only a few hundred meters from the Tesco at >, you could easily miss it again and again, because it's not along the quickest route to anywhere... a formula for charm if ever there could be one.

There are tons of interesting things along Opatovicka street. Beginning closest to , (see the map here, kiddies, click on Normal not Satellite view to read the street names and get to the pot of gold) walking around the corner you find a pub called The Dog's Bollocks. Stop here, end of story, nothing else to see. I mean a name like that deserves at least one congratulatory pint, right?

Just a step further and you will come alongside La Familia restaurant and jazz club, Grafika bookstore, Cafe Jericho and >, and then a costume shop complete with gorilla masks and tons of flowy fabric creations. Any of these will make a wonderful first date and if not, you're with the wrong person.

Along the opposite side of the street stands the Kostel. Sv. Michala v Jirchasich, or the Church of St. Michal on Jirchasich. If I'm translating it correctly, this is an evangelical Lutheran church where Albert Schweitzer -- winner of the 1952 Nobel peace prize -- gave concerts between 1923 and 1928. Schweitzer loved the organ music of J.S. Bach and decoded his musical imagery by cross-referencing the text of the hymns Bach set to music. In other words, Bach wrote music to sound like what the words were saying, and Schweitzer knew it. Smart man! The foundation of his philosophy (Schweitzer's) was "I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live'."

Moving right along, Opatovicka street makes a ninety degree angle and heads west towards the river, passing the art gallery Kytice and the School for Publicists, which has a cool round concrete edge instead of a corner.

Other treasures for you to go find within a two minute walk: Sirius electronic music shop for all DJ addicts, and also that stencil on the wall nearby in green spray paint. It says "Issac and Ishmael were brothers" but when you see the two pictures attached, you realize this little sentence stands to unify two major world religions. It's illegal of course. Stencilling.