Ask the average guy on the street what Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is all about and most likely his answer will involve beer and supermodels. There is no doubt that runway stars Eva Herzigova, Hana Soukupova, Petra Nemcova, and Paulina Porizkova all hail from this former Soviet Bloc entity. And yes, the pilsner is fresh, cheap, and plentiful. But woven into Prague’s legendary skyscape of Baroque spires and angular red-tile roofs is an unbelievably rich and culturally provocative history. Franz Kafka changed the course of literature here. Alphonse Mucha put a particularly Czech spin on the Art Nouveau movement. Here was born a bizarrely fascinating Cubist architecture and design movement. And anyone who knows anything about glass understands that the region of Bohemia, of which Prague is the centerpiece, is the historic home of some of the world’s finest crystal.
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