In a city where so many church buildings have become concert halls, theatres and museums, the Palladium is like a Cathedral dedicated to shopping. Instead of the ancient candles are the myriad forms of modern lighting. What a stark contrast to the darkness outside.
Decisions! Decisions! "Where to eat?" That was the question. At least there were recognisable names, but more than a coffee was required, but not something too filling as we wanted to go walking. At last refreshed and refuelled we headed out into the city to catch the atmosphere.
Crossing Republic Square we made our way down towards the Old Town Square feeling sure that the buildings there would be floodlit. We were not disappointed. First, however, we must pass through the Powder Tower.
The centre of the Old Town Square might have been in relative darkness but in marked contrast many of the buildings were floodlit, especially those that were familiar daylight landmarks: The Old Town Hall, St. Nicholas' Church and the Church of Our Lady before Týn to mention a few of them. There was even a keyboard player.
As we left the Old Town Square heading for the River and Charles Bridge we passed the Astronomical Clock - just as impressive at night as it is in the hours of daylight. The clock itself
Still on our way towards the River and the Bridge we passed along several well lit streets and in a dark lane we came across a museum dedicated to 'Apple'. In the window it announced, 'Three Apples changed the world - 'The first tempted Eve, the second inspired Newton and the third was offered to the world half eaten by Steve Jobs.'
Retracing our steps back across the city to our accommodation we were very aware of the colourful shop displays. Somehow they appeared to stand out in a way that they didn't in daylight hours. Perhaps earlier in the day we were focused on reaching our destination - the castle.
Once again we feel that we made the right decision to make the time to see the city at night rather than sit in a hotel room watching TV or playing with a mobile phone.