A Pictorial Diary Of My Love Affair With Prague Czech Republic

A Pictorial Diary Of My Love Affair With Prague Czech Republic

I managed to leave enough of my heart in Prague which would necessitate my going back someday to reclaim it.  It was only my third time in Europe, so I had already been tempted and seduced by the wily and comely offerings of Paris and Rome.  Prague promised not only to court my senses to sublime ecstasy, but to ensure that I would fall hopelessly in love with it.  So who was I to refuse?

Prague proved to be an enchanting city that takes pride in restoring and maintaining its historical churches, synagogues, castles, chateaus and landmarks.  I’ve often thought that the ‘new world’ could take a page or two from our older brethren when it came to honoring and revering history.  At the same time, Prague welcomes the changing faces of the ages.  Somehow, modernity could never eclipse the old world architecture that makes the city one of the rarest jewels in the European Union.

Like most cosmopolitan cities, Prague is comprised of several neighborhoods.  Each one has its own delectable flavor that offers the visitor its unique perspective of the city.  One of the surprising things about Prague is that it is very pedestrian friendly, we thought that we would spend a lot of time either on the subway or in a taxi, but you can easily get around the city center by foot.  The more commercial areas, that is, the ones most frequented by tourists are:

The Jewish Quarter – Josefov

Prague Czech Republic

Taking a leisurely walk across the street from The Pinkas Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter

Prague Czech Republic

Built in the late 19th century, The Rudolfinum served as the seat of Czechoslovakian parliament between WWI & II and is now home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Old Town – Stare Mesto

The magnificently gothic Powder Tower was once the gate to Old Prague

A Couple sitting in front of the statue of the Czech reformer, Jan Hus in Old Town, trying to decide what to see next

The House of the Black Madonna (see her shrine encased on the corner of the 2nd floor) houses the Czech Cubist Museum

Cari standing in front of the medieval, 15th century Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square

New Town – Nove Mesto

Located adjacent to Wenceslas Square in New Town, The Municipal House is an Art Noveau treasure where Czechs officially proclaimed their independence.

A bird’s eye view of the famed St. Wenceslas Square, the “Rodeo Drive” of Prague.   The Mucha Museum honoring Alfons Mucha is located just down the street to the right.

The Lesser Quarter – Mala Strana

I got chills as I began my ascent upon the legendary Charles Bridge. It was exciting to trace the footsteps of so many from times past

Waiting for the # 22 tram to come around the bend on Little Quarter Square in Mala Strana to take us to the Prague Castle.

A spectacular view from the Charles Bridge looking out on the Vltava River

Entryway to the Malostranska subway station; located right down the street from our Hotel, The Waldstein

Stopping to listen to a trio of musicians stationed along the Charles Bridge (aka Karlovy Most).  You will find various artisans dotted along the length of the Bridge on any given day to entertain and sell their wares

Madonna and St. Bernard, one of 30 statues lining the Charles Bridge which connects Mala Strana to Old Town making Prague, a very pedestrian friendly city.

The Castle District – Hradcany

Standing in front of a sublimely baroque gate inside Prague Castle

 

 

Viewing the altar of St. Vitus’ Cathedral in Hradcany

20th century Art Deco artist, Alfons Mucha, designed several panels of stained glass in St. Vitus Cathedral

Vysehrad

Cari braving the chill while standing in front of statue of the mythical Princess Libuse on the grounds of the Church of Saint Peter and Paul in Vysherad

I’m standing in front of St. Martin’s Rotunda which only recently has been discovered to have an underground floor that’s been hidden for centuries

Walking through Vysherad Cemetery, where most honored Czech composers, artists, writers, scientists, and politicians are laid to rest

This post is a part of the Lonely Planet Blogsherpa Travel Blog Carnival hosted by Anne-Sophie at Sophie’s World.

Comments

comments

Renee King
aviewtoathrill@gmail.com
19 Comments
  • Nancie
    Posted at 01:25h, 21 September Reply

    Hi Renee……………Your post definitely makes me want to visit Prague. Great photos.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:40h, 25 September Reply

      Thanks, Nancie! Please try to visit there….if even for one day!

  • Caz Makepeace
    Posted at 05:00h, 21 September Reply

    Great photos! I hate winter but I really felt like visiting Prague at this time after seeing the photos. It’s such a beautiful city and I know why its captured your heart. Great beer too!
    Caz Makepeace recently posted…Journal Extracts- In my Undies with a Policeman on the Streets of RomeMy Profile

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:44h, 25 September Reply

      Caz,
      Isn’t it funny how some locales move you depending on the season? There was something mystical and magic about Prague during the winter. I may feel entirely different (but still in a good way) about the city had I visited during the summer. BTWt…..I hate winter too!

  • Jason
    Posted at 11:20h, 21 September Reply

    Renee,
    Great post and excellent photos. I have not been to Prague for 25 years and after reading your post, I think I need to get back there soon.
    Jason
    Jason recently posted…Cairo- Egypt- The Art Of The ScamMy Profile

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:31h, 25 September Reply

      Jason,

      Go for it! You are long overdue, my friend!

  • Indian Bazaars
    Posted at 01:37h, 27 September Reply

    It was like we walked through Prague…thanks!
    Indian Bazaars recently posted…Designing an Indian MallMy Profile

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:17h, 07 October Reply

      You are so welcome, thank you for stopping by to enjoy them!

  • Amy
    Posted at 09:48h, 07 October Reply

    I just found your blog via Atlanta Bloggers meetup and so happy to see another Atlanta travel blogger. 🙂

    You definitely make me want to go to Prague now. The pictures are so amazing!
    Amy recently posted…Asheville With Kids- Cookies &amp Coffee on the Double Deck BusMy Profile

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:52h, 07 October Reply

      Hi Amy!
      I’m so excited to meet you! It’s lovely to have travel blog friends worldwide, but extra special when they are local. Yes, Prague is a definite must see….you should go!

  • David of Quillcards
    Posted at 10:46h, 25 October Reply

    Hi Renee,

    The photo of Little Quarter Square in Mala Strana is one of the reasons I love continental Europe so much.

    There is a bend in the street in Amsterdam that is also on the tram route and it has period architecture. These sights are so pleasant somehow that I just want to stare and stare.
    David of Quillcards recently posted…Tea Stories From The East To The WestMy Profile

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:51h, 25 October Reply

      David,
      We are so on the same page about that! It’s one of those visions that leave you standing in awe….you have to pinch yourself to believe that you are actually there witnessing it. I’m right there with you, brother!

  • nateniale
    Posted at 10:59h, 26 December Reply

    Prague looks amazing! Simply love all the buildings! Prague is definitely on the top of my travel list!
    nateniale recently posted…Osakas Dotonbori and AquariumMy Profile

  • David
    Posted at 12:31h, 26 December Reply

    On coming back to read you blog again I realised what high quality your photos are.

    As a photographer, I have to ask – what camera do you use?

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:02h, 26 December Reply

      Gee, thanks David! We’ve used several cameras over the years….but for Prague….we used an Olympus D-510 Zoom Camedia 2.1 mp digital camera.

  • Anyu
    Posted at 02:34h, 04 July Reply

    My boyfriend is Jewish, and I know it’s kind of corny but he wants to bring me to this Jewish quarter! We are going to Prague next month and I’m so excited. He told me that the whole place is so beautiful, but with these photos you posted, I have proven that it is definitely picturesque.

  • Mitja
    Posted at 11:29h, 30 November Reply

    Great photos, I was once in Prague but only for a day. I would sure like to go there for alittle more time.

  • Tom Gurney
    Posted at 08:53h, 22 January Reply

    I was thinking of visiting Prague to see their collection of Mucha paintings, but i realise now that there is lots of other stuff worth checking out too! Great photos, really inspiring me to make the trip over there soon.

  • Lawrence Michaels
    Posted at 06:26h, 06 October Reply

    Prague is an amazing city and I spent way too little time when I originally went there. I’ve always hoped to go back some day. Thanks for sharing.
    Lawrence Michaels recently posted…Top Ten Phuket BeachesMy Profile

Post A Comment

CommentLuv badge