Apart from typically known reasons such as rich history of art and culture, Czech beer, the city of Prague has many other reasons why it is famous among tourists especially those who travel alone.
‘Safety’ is the topmost of all the reasons why Prague is famous among the solo travelers. As the city is quite compact, roaming alone in the city or staying in apartments or hotels in Prague is not as risky as you tend to think! Prague is a small city and the people are open and friendly. Booking any of the Prague hotels that are located near the city center is better. When you travel alone, staying at hotels near busy areas is the safer option!
Moreover, Prague, famous as the Fairy-Tale City also facilitates roaming in and around very easy and comfortable. Most of the tourist attractions in the city are located in a close proximity of each other. You can choose to go walking from one famous place to another or to the gardens, squares, and bridges or anywhere for that matter and visit most of them during the day itself. You will not need to spend nights traveling to other attraction or places. Follow the cobbled streets running throughout the city and you will be in another world with narrow lanes with beautiful, ancient houses with red roof tops on each side. The sites of such old homes, churches, castles, rivers, bridges and green hilltops in the city are so beautiful that you will hardly realize for how long you have been roaming in the city. But make sure that you have a nice and the most comfortable footwear. Do not forget, high-heels, pencil heels or tip-toes are a big No-No as you will be walking on the cobbled stone streets! If you enjoy traveling by trams, trains or buses, then go for it while in Prague! Commuting by trams in Prague is also an unforgettable experience as the city offers a great public transit system, with an extensive tram route which provides beautiful, inexpensive Day Tours to discover Prague!
The streets of Prague are full of cafes, clubs or tapas bars where you can simply sit on the patio, relish Czech specialties, enjoy a Pilsner while reading your favorite book by your favorite author!
If you are a solo traveler then bank on Prague holidays. You should board any of the flights to Prague to land in the city and spend at least a week to know why I say so! And yes, if you ever spend your holidays in Prague, do not forget to taste goulash and dumplings!
Father John Misty
with Dams of the west
When discussing 'Father John Misty', Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: 'It's all of me and none of me, if you can't see that, you won't get it'. What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You've got to have a name. I never got to choose mine." He goes on, "'People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an 'alter-ego' or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona," says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle's Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. "That kind of emotional quotient isn't sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos. I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me. I didn't want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality. I like humor and sex and mischief. So when you think about it, it's kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like 'Misty'. I mean, I may as well have called it 'Steve'." Musically, "Fear Fun" consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, "All Things Must Pass," and "Physical Graffiti," often within the same song. Tillman's voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison, "The Caruso of Rock", at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious and yet conversely playful, almost Dionysian quality. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Braughtigan, the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III. The album began gestating during what Tillman describes as an "immobilizing period of depression", in his former Seattle home. "Songwriting for me had always only been interesting and necessary because I saw it as this vehicle for truth, but I had this realization that all I had really done with it was lick my wounds for years and years, and become more and more isolated from people and experiences. I don't even like wound-licking music, I want to listen to someone rip their arm off and beat themselves with it. I don't believe that until now I've ever put anything at risk in my music. I was hell-bent on putting my preciousness at stake in order to find something worth singing about."He continues, "So, I lost all interest in writing music, or identifying as a 'songwriter'. I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast without a fucking acoustic guitar, the sound of which at that point actually made me nauseous, with nowhere to go. After a few weeks, I was writing a novel, which is where I finally found my narrative voice. The voice that is actually useful."It was a while before that voice started manifesting in a musical way, but once I settled in the Laurel Canyon spider-shack where I'm living now, I spent months demoing all these weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences almost in real-time, and kind of had this musical 'Oh-there-I-am' moment, identical to how I felt when I was writing the book. It was unbelievably liberating. I knew there was never any going back to the place I was writing from before, which was a huge relief. The monkey got banished off my back." Tillman brought the demos to LA producer/songwriter/pal Jonathan Wilson, and in February 2011 began recording at his home-studio in Echo Park. "Initially, the idea was to just kind of recreate the demos with me playing everything, since they were pretty fleshed out and sounded cool, but a place like LA affords you a different wealth of talent, potential, etc than just about anywhere else. I realized what was possible between Jonathan's abilities, and the caliber of musicians that are just hanging around LA, pretty quickly. People were coming in and out of the studio all day sometimes, and other days, it would just be Jonathan and I holed up, getting stoned, and doing everything.When asked about Laurel Canyon, where he eventually ended up living in the aforementioned tree-house with a family of spiders, Tillman says, "My attitude about it all is pretty explicit in the record. Given my adversarial personal attitude about the music and aesthetic that comes from that place, it's kind of a huge joke that I live in a former hippie-fantasy land. I have a really morbid sense of humor."Phil Ek (who everyone knows has worked with Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes) heard the rough versions of the album in May 2011 and offered his services to mix. "Phil and I have known each other for a while by virtue of Fleet Foxes, so he was familiar with my music, but we had never discussed working together. I think he immediately recognized the shift in my writing and singing from a producer and friend's standpoint. His excitement is really evident in mixes, I think.""Fear Fun" is available May 1, 2012 from Sub Pop and Bella Union, in the US and UK/EU respectively.