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Holiday Hop: Prague

I love staring at my computer twelve plus hours a day, remaining within the perimeter of fifteen steps from the house and sleeping in my own bed. In other words, I don’t love holiday, travel and beds that have been slept in promiscuously before me. Yet, since I’ve found my hobby in photography, holiday has been much more enjoyable less annoying.

My recent holiday consisted in a romantic (says hubby) slash uprooting (says me) getaway to Franzensbad via Prague and Carlsbad, all in the middle of nowhere. I mean: all in the Czech Republic, the unchartered space in the middle of civilised Europe. Now, you can’t blame me for lack of patriotism, you see that I chose hubby chose to spend our holiday home.

Prague is considered a picturesque town by foreigners, a land of opportunity by natives, a big mess by locals and tasteless humbug by me. Living in a constant defiance of conventions as I do, I asked our local guide to take us a bit aside from the chief attractions. As a result I have gathered a collection of very nonmainstream and very non-Prague shots from Prague.

Some of my shots are shared in the gallery below. Click the first picture to enter, view larger size pictures and read a description for each. At the end of the day, the holiday was my not-so-Random Moment of Delight for this week and for Firebonnet’s challenge. Coming later are posts with pictures from Carlsbad and Franzensbad. Till then!

47 thoughts on “Holiday Hop: Prague

  1. I love this! You are so funny. Great reflection selfie! The tinware and glassware still have me chuckling. I am not quite sure if you had a good or a bad time, but I had a random moment of delight reading your post so there we go. 😉

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    1. The carving is my favourite too! You like the tin mugs? Oh! 😀 At least, it’s characteristically local, unlike the glass giraffe that you may have spotted in the glassware photo. (Glass is OK of course, but a giraffe…?)

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  2. haha your comments on your photos really made me laugh, so dry! We love those tin mugs and now I am seeing why you made that comment you did on my antique pictures LOL…..Love all the pics, love all your comment s and esp love your reflection..winks! xxx

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    1. Hehe, I suspected that you’d be a fan of the tin mugs and maybe the glass figures too! Nothing wrong about that, of course, it’s just that I’m a practical person and as such I want practical things: neat, not too colourful, sleek and modern… No tin mugs! Glad you like my reflection too — on Instagram I put recently a new photo of me (from distance) in a shoot-out with the statue of a woman-cum-lion 😉

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      1. I sawwww…hehe… 🙂

        You know i like the look of tin mugs but they are useless as they burn when you fill them with hot things and glass statues not really my thing hah…you see you get to know a bit more each time about me..interesting huh? lol

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          1. Yes of course they always lick the floor and one licks feet you might like that! You might find my fiesta Friday funny this week there is a portrait of my husband in it 🙂 lol

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  3. I love that you not only showed us picturesque scenes of Prague,but also the peculiarities of the city and of the Czech Republic as a whole.
    I gather that your country is full of modern infrastructures,but has a strong sense of identity; as in the picture of the Trabant car,amid the superb buildings,shops and pavement,are two very odd and unique vehicles! This pic also brings to mind that of the ‘Kitsch’ fire-hydrant; your people are so full of peculiarities!

    I don’t know why really but the pictures you took remind me of the Tintin universe.The stories are really serious,but you always see the Thompsons and Professor Calculus doing some odd and funny things! Your country looks like one where you can stumble on anything!

    And just to satisfy my curiosity,can you say something in Czech please?? 😀

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely and direct comment! It’s great receiving feedback! Yes, it was my intention not to make a conventional post showing Prague’s top attractions but rather a fun post showing the city’s peculiarities. I’m glad that it worked!

      There are surely lots of peculiarities and quaintness in my country, some of them are showcased and emphasised for the entertainment of the tourists (the tinware, the Trabant) and are not normally part of modern life. Some others however stick and truly reflect the way we live (the hydrant that you mention, for example).

      I never thought of the parallel with Tintin, but it’s an excellent one! Yes, it is a mixture of the serious and the ridiculous and anything can happen…

      You encouraged me to pay more attention to the place where I happen to live, and it seems that people are generally interested in this subject, so I hope to write more posts like this. But to say something in Czech? Oh, is it OK just to write it, I’d hate to try actually recording my voice… Here’s a textbook phrase meaning “Hello, how are you, what’s up” = Ahoj, jak se máš, co nového? 😀 And yes, the diacritics is normal and ought to be there.

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      1. Thank you very much!!
        I was really curious about the dialects of the Czech language!!
        ”Ahoj” – I’ll never forget this word now!

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        1. I’m glad that it worked for you! In English sailors say “ahoy” to each other, well, in Czech that’s our greeting even if we’re not sailors. It’s pronounced the same too.

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting! You got a point, I insist on being unsentimental, which means “cynical” in other words, I guess 😉 But at least I try not to be cynical in a mean way! Seeing how popular the awful tin mugs are, I think I should set up a business selling them!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Well, I admit I’ve never been to Glasgow either but it’s on top of my bucket list! Prague is very different from British cities, some call it charming and picturesque, some call it kitsch 🙂

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  4. Oooh nooo, how sad you were not so fond of Prague 😦 I absolutely ADORE that city! My favourite non-touristy places were the John Lennon Wall (no idea if it still stands there though^^), Réon’s Gallery with paintings from Argondia (…dunno if it’s still on that hill where the “Eiffel” tower is) and Zelivskeho Cemetary ❤ ❤ ❤ Ah gee – haven't been back in that city in 10 years I reckoned! :-/

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    1. Oh never mind, I’m a professional grumpy person and I’m never quite happy with things (including myself), so it’s not that I hated Prague! I think the trouble was that I only visited the most touristy places, which are too well known to be enjoyable for me; the next time I’d love to see the Lennon Wall, which I think I’d like. It’s definitely still there, it’s become a rather famous attraction! And I’ll need to climb the hill with the “Eiffel” tower, as you call it, I can’t recall the English word for that structure… So, I haven’t given up on Prague as yet!

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      1. Oh it’s still there? Great! I was worrying about it… When I first saw it it was just plainly gorgeous! The next time round the graffitti was all over John Lennon’s face and it was a total mess… I somewhat assumed that wall would not stand another decade of tourists painting all over it^^ The touristy places are really really beautiful though – despite all the tourists… Of course, passing Staromestska before any full hour is hell on earth! But late at night, after midnight, I loved sitting there watching the quiet plaza with an ice cream before going home with the last metro… I hope you’ll get back there and find some more hidden beauties of that city ❤

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        1. Absolutely, the Lenon Wall has become a major attraction and it’s still being painted over and over again, that’s the idea. No two visits to the wall are the same because it changes all the time. I’m not sure what is being done with all the layers of paint, I’d too assume there’s only so many layers you can stick on a wall… Now you’re really making me want to take another trip to Prague, which I will, sooner or later, but definitely not in winter.

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          1. Haha, one day the wall will be twice as thick as it used to 😉 I got a friend who will spend New Year over there^^ I also thought – never in winter, brrrr!!! Hearing about the trams getting stuck because of the snow and ice isn’t really my romantic imagination of a holiday… In the other hand – maybe I missed going in the warmest winter there will ever be…^^

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          2. This New Year in Prague is likely to be very cold, there’s been a huge temperature drop these last few days, so I’m happy to spend the New Year at home and travel when it’s summer!

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          3. …I thought so!!! It’s been astonishly cold all of the sudden here as well – I even couldn’t sleep anymore because I was so cold…! I’m wearing my layers again and dread going out to buy supplies to get by over these days :-/

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          4. Oh dear… I know your dread of going out to buy food! I always try to buy as much as to last me for a week so that I wouldn’t have to go out too often. It not only grew cold here these days, but today we’ve had the first snowfall of this winter. And a rather large one!

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          5. Oh nooooooo – poor you!!! I couldn’t deal with snow, even though I know it’s time…! I hope you’ll get nice and comfy in your apartment and won’t have to leave too much :-/ Yes, I’m a stockholder too… another thing I’m planning to blog about because it clashes with the Konmari rules but hey, I’m not the one who feels like going to the shop every.single.day! No way Jose… You therefore have my whole sympathy 😀

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          6. No worries, I’m warm and fine inside. Though I do plan to venture outside to take some photos.

            I don’t think that holding food in stock clashes with the Konmari method too much, you HAVE to eat something and it’s not like you won’t use the food. I don’t it’s good time-management to go out shopping each day.

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          7. Interesting – I’ve never seen it as time-management… But now that you mention it it does make perfectly sense! I just felt I was way too lazy to go out every day 😀 Thanks for that Mara – this brings a whole different light into my personality… 😀

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          8. With good time-management, you can afford to be lazy, but with bad time-management, you’re constantly overworked while you get nothing done! Oh dear, I sound like a self-help book 😮

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          9. If you ever publish a book about it – let me know and I’ll make sure to get the first copy 😉 Or if you publish a post about time management 😀

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          10. …too bad! I was already picturing me all rescued from work and lousy chores due to the Wonders Of Time Management by Mara Eastern… Ah, the shame!

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          11. Hm, I’ll see what I can do, my organising post was more popular than I thought, so maybe I’ll manage to come up with something about time management as well? No promises made though!

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          12. Haha, well that’s great 😀 !!! I bet the time management one will be dearly appreciated by many others as well. But no pressure of course – blogging is hard enough to keep up with everything else already^^ And one has to be in the right mood for the post as well.

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