S: Prague, Czech Republic 2011
1: Up, up and away we go!
2: Home Sweet Home
6: The view from my room... good morning Mr. Swan!
7: Breakfast of champions!
10: Czech lattes are caffeinated perfection! | David Cerny... ever controversial!
11: Ahh... Czech beer! | In The Pit | Graffiti can be beautiful | Duck and dumplings... welcome to Prague!
12: Everywhere you looked there was beautiful detail!
13: Beautiful and functional... who says it can't be both?
15: And so begins the adventure! | Cobblestones - ankle breaking beauty!
16: Randomness at a dog park!
17: Rudolfinum, concert hall, the sphinx was stacked!
18: Walking to the Riverbank Flea Market... Even the bridges are ornamented! | Prague Castle - ever amazing
19: Flea Market Success!!! Czech glass buttons, some still on the card from the 1920's, and a Czech glass beaded necklace from the 1930's... $10 for all of it, thank you very much!
21: Stopping for a cool drink before catching the train... mmm... mango passionfruit smoothie! | Love the melty effect of old leaded glass.... see how the flowers drip? | Remember to look up and you discover magical ceilings!
24: At the train station... again the beauty and detail was breathtaking!
26: Church of St. James (Kostel sv. Jakuba) in Kutná Hora
27: Finished in 1420, it was burned down by Hussites and waited 40 years for reconstruction.
28: Frantisek Rint, wood carver and artist, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to imaginatively compose the bones of 30 thousand plague victims into works of art.
29: Sedlec Ossuary - Bone Church
30: Kutna Hora Church of St.Barbara
31: Construction started in 1388, but was interrupted several times and the monumental cathedral was finally completed after more than 500 years of building, in 1905.
35: Kutna Hora - Charming & Quaint
36: Lunch, and then catch the train back to Prague
37: The National Museum bathed in the light from the setting sun | Gilt wings atop the Prague train station | Lovely Stania waits for the train | Waiting to ride the rails
41: Lavish attention to detail reminded me of a different era, when art played a bigger role
42: Café Louvre, opened in 1902, was visited by many world-renowned celebrities and several associations and organizations were established here. | Franz Kafka used to visit with his friends, and so did Albert Einstein during his stay in Prague in 1911--1912
44: Out for a stroll after coffee at the Café Louvre and we encountered Spanish Prosciutto, feather jewelry and a trilobite themed restaurant... this proves anything is possible!
46: Went there; did that...
48: Municipal House | Built in 1911, it is the premier Art Nouveau building in Prague. The most significant Czech painters and sculptors of the time participated in the decoration of the Municipal House, including Alfons Mucha.
49: One of 13 original entrances to Prague's Old Town. Work on this tower began during the reign of King Vladislav II in 1475. Originally known as the New Tower, its name was changed to the Powder Gate in the 17th century when it was used to store gunpowder. | The Powder Gate
51: Hotel Central Built in 1931, this is one of Prague's top examples of Art Nouveau architectural style
52: Creamy garlic soup for lunch | House of the Black Madonna | Beautifully decorated building | So... Much... Art!!!
53: The Astronomical Clock | Installed in 1410, this is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. According to local legend the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy.
55: This was a police station!
56: Church of Our Lady before Tyn | Tyn Church has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church's towers are 80 meters high and are topped by four small spires.
57: More beautiful architecture
58: On a walk to the post office I find miracles of the human imagination
59: A day at the hotel to write, relax and savor each moment
61: With David to see an opera, Torso, after hiking through the lower palace gardens.... Five million stairs!!!
62: Evening walk around town with David; I love love love these lamp posts! | David Cerny Strikes Again | The narrowest street in Prague is so narrow there must be traffic lights so people won't collide – maybe two dogs could walk side by side, but they would have to be very small dogs. If you are square-shouldered or well... fat, you shouldn't enter the street at all – you night get struck.
63: Heading off to the Castle Complex... | ... after crossing the Charles Bridge I stop to rest my feet... | ... and glancing over from my shady bench, I spy the most wonderfully elaborate pharmacy ever! More proof that things can be both beautiful and functional!
64: I discover it's quite a hike to the Castle Complex... I'm later told that most people take the tram up and then walk down. Doh! | The arrow is where I started
65: Taking a breather in the Castle Complex Courtyard where I find more of the lamp posts I love and a beautifully detailed Palace!
67: St. Vitus Cathedral | Founded on November 21, 1344, St Vitus is the largest and most important church in the country. In the 1920's The windows for the north part of the nave were designed by Alfons Mucha The cathedral was finally completed in 1929.
68: The Royal Gardens
69: The Singing Fountain
70: Depicts victorious Hussite warriors and Protestants who were forced into exile 200 years after Hus, and a young mother which symbolizes national rebirth. It was unveiled in 1915 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Jan Hus’ martyrdom. | Jan Hus Memorial | Tyn Church
71: Old Town Square and Tyn Church | Old Town Square Market | Fried potatoes and onions! This pan was 5 feet across! | You know I had to have some! | Babies on racks?
72: As I walk slowly back toward my hotel for the final time, I admire the beauty that I've learned is the pulse of this city.
73: I stopped at the Café Slavia for a final treat: vanilla latte and a poached pear, stuffed with minced nuts, wrapped in sweet dough then baked and drizzled with maple syrup! | The Czech Republic National Tree - The Linden Tree -
74: I pause to appreciate the beauty of The National Theater as I pass...
77: Cobblestones were created by the devil!
79: I say farewell to Prague! Forever changed by the beauty, history and culture that lives in the heart of the city... Until we meet again, Prague!.
80: And so ends this latest adventure... what's next?