One thing Prague had a lot of was traditional wooden puppets. I must have seen a dozen puppet shops during our three days of walking around the old city center. The displays made me think of fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, although there were also up-to-the-minute puppets from Harry Potter.
We got so much into the puppet mood that some of us attended a puppet version of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. We were seduced in part by another of the classy Prague billboards:
The concept turned out to be more exciting than the reality, though, because the whole thing was in Italian (no subtitles) and none of us had thought to figure out the opera’s plot in advance. We spent a couple of hours listening to Mozart’s heavenly music and watching puppets fling themselves around the stage without having much idea at all of what was going on, except that various characters were quite upset with each other. The action only became clear when we looked up the plot on the Internet afterwards. Quick summary: Don Giovanni seduces too many of the wrong women, kills the wrong guy in a sword fight, and ends up getting dragged down to Hell. Thanks, Internet!