Prague

I have been looking forward to visiting Prague for some time now & at long last together with my wife we managed a 5 day trip to this oasis of history & culture to experience a little of what this city has to offer.

Prague

I have been looking forward to visiting Prague for some time now & at long last together with my wife we managed a 5 day trip to this oasis of history & culture to experience a little of what this city has to offer.

Prague

I have been looking forward to visiting Prague for some time now & at long last together with my wife we managed a 5 day trip to this oasis of history & culture to experience a little of what this city has to offer.

Photo Hotspots

Dancing House

Charles Bridge

St. Vitus Cathedral

Astrological Clock

Cafe Slavia

Cafe Savoy

Cafe de Paris

Cafe Municipal House

Wenceslas Square

Rudolphinium

Church of St. Nicholas

Kohl's Fountain

Villa Richter

John Lennon Wall

Crawling Babies

National Theatre

Vltava Island

Church of Saint Salvator

Mlýn Huť

Colour Gallery

Prague is witness to the most compelling transformation of “New” Europe. It’s easy to forget, just 20 years on, that Czechoslovakia emerged from the fall of the Iron Curtain with a once-jailed dissident as president, inspiring the world. Especially with Prague’s current appearance: modern software company offices, chic fashion boutiques, pretty model types – often with young, business types in tow – compressed into a peerlessly restored Medieval & Baroque architecture & cobbled lanes of the Old Town.

The compact city of 1.2 million inhabitants, divided by the picturesque Vltava river and linked by stone bridges has always been a town about opportunity – not always for the good, certainly. Soviet agents, German militants, Habsburg colonists and Iron Age Slavic hordes were all drawn to the Golden City. This bend in the north-flowing Vltava has, despite its long, gray winters, pulled in wanderers & tourists with unseen force.

RIVER CRUISE

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SAY CHEESE

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TOURIST TRAP

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FLYING HIGH

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RIBBED VAULT

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IMPOSING ENTRANCE

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HOLY GLOW

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GARDEN ON THE BASTION

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THE TOWERS OF ST. VEIT

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PUPPETS PAR EXCELLENCE

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SUNGLASSES

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COACH WITH HORSEPOWER

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ON GUARD

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LOREM IPSUM DOLOR

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ST. NICHOLAS DOME

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IMPRESSIVE VIEW

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“Eastern Europe has been really trendy. Prague is the best-preserved city in the region … and the best beer in Europe lands on your table there for 50 cents.”

― Rick Steves (Travel author)

SIGN OF THE TIMES

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CUPOLA FRESCO

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BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

 

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TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON

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LESSER TOWN BRIDGE TOWER

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CONCENTRATED READER

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RED HORSE

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RIVER MEDITATION

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“The ancient splendor and beauty of Prague, a city beyond compare, left an impression on my imagination that will never fade.”

― Richard Wagner (Componist)

PRAGUE OLDIES

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FROM BRIDGE TO BRIDGE

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TRAM No.9

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LOREM IPSUM DOLOR

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RIVER VIEW

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MIDNIGHT STROLL

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ART DECO MAGIC

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THE DANCING HOUSE

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FRED ASTAIRE & GINGER ROGERS

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KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR

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ART NOUVEAU

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PURE FACADE

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PRAGUE CASTLE

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ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL

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LOREM IPSUM DOLOR

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PRAGUE CLASSICS

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“It’s easy to fall in love among the winding cobblestone streets and snow-covered castles of Prague, but is it a good idea? 

― Dana Newman, Found in Prague

SYMBOL OF LOVE

Modern sweethearts have got into a trend whereby they get a padlock engraved with their names & secure this to bridge railings, fences, gates or other forms of popular monuments, then throw the keys away proving their never ending love.

LOST IN THE CROWD

As in all cities of the world that pull the tourists in, Summer is usually the worst time to visit. The hoards of people milling around the main tourist attractions makes sightseeing rather tedious to say the least but we all have the same problem…..time. Or should I say the lack of which.

SUMMER SOUND

Buskers are a daily sight on the Charles Bridge & I could imagine that the hat is full by the end of the day due to the amount of passers by.

CROWDED

Like an invasion, the Charles Bridge is almost impassable in the Summer months due to the endless number of visitors that crowd Prague every year.

MALÁ STRANA

Prague castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Dating from the 9th century the castle is the official home of the President of the Czech Republic.

MLÝN HUŤ

Shot from the Charles Bridge this mill is an attraction near the John Lennon wall in Mala Strana.

OLDTIMER TOUR

There are quite a few of these replica or custom built vehicles scattered around the inner city offering tourists an alternative to the trams or classic horse & carriage.

TOURIST ART

The caricature & portrait artists stake their places out early in the morning. I felt sorry for them as they had to sit it out by temperatures of around 30°C around midday.

HERE IS THE CASTLE

Here we have a shot of one of the 30 patron saints that line the bridge, this one indicating where the castle stands.

CHARLES BRIDGE AT DAWN

I was up at six this morning just like yesterday but in contrast to yesterday the sun did the Charles Bridge more justice.

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Did You Know?

This is probably the Czech Republic’s best known claim to fame. The total consumption of beer – divided by every man, woman, grandparent & baby in the country is equivalent to 150 liters per year, or in other words almost half a liter daily, for every person. Unbelievable! But after tasting a foam-topped glass from the birthplace of Pilsner understanding why beer is so popular here becomes more apparent. It’s also worth mentioning that on most menus beer is cheaper than a glass of water.

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