Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

The last Weekly Photo Challenge in 2012 is, not surprisingly, the reminiscence of the whole year. I chose for you the views of Prague (mostly), places that I visited, actions that happened there.

In January I visited Vyšehrad, place with beautiful atmosphere any time a day, on the shot you see rotunda of St. Martin from 11th century, one of the oldest churches in Prague. More about Vyšehrad and its famouse cemetery you can read here.

Vyšehrad

Vyšehrad

February is a month for carnival and Mardi Grass celebration. This shot was taken in Karlín, where the celebrations took place at the main square around the church. More about Karlín you can find here.

Smíchov

Smíchov

Spring was coming and at the small garden by the Faust house in Prague (you don’t know who is Faust? Read more at wiki) yearly selling exhibition of alpine plants took place in March.

Faust

Faust house and alpine plants

You already read something about Prague subway in one of my previous posts, in April I visited it from the background and the experience was quite interesting. See trains in engine house on the next shot.

Metro

Metro

“It’s first of May the day of love”, that’s the beginning of poem May by Karel Hynek Mácha, a Czech romantic writer. His statue stands in the big public park Petřín and every first of May couples are coming to kiss under blossoming tree here and greet Mácha. The English translation of the whole poem you can read at this link. Warning: it doesn’t have a happy end!

Petřín

Petřín, the funicular at the background

At my blog you can read mostly about Prague city center, but there are big housing estates with block of flats around the city. Even there you can find parks and oases of nature, such as a farm called Toulcův dvůr with cows, horses, sheeps, and other domestic animals. I visited that place in June and on the shot you see the view from there.

Toulcův dvůr

Toulcův dvůr

Almost whole July I spent out of Prague, so this shot is from place called Czech Switzerland. It is at North Bohemia and the nature here is just stunning. You can hike there and admire the nature in its wildness. We were lucky, as the gulches on Kamenice river were opened after two years, when they were destroyed by big floods.

Tichá soutěska

Quiet gulch

August I spent travelling around country too. Kutná Hora, the second most important city in Czech Republic in our history. On the shot you see the St. Barbara cathedral and I wrote more about this place here.

St. Barbora cathedral in Kutná Hora

St. Barbora cathedral in Kutná Hora

Back to Prague, the famous John Lennon’s wall has been changing day to day, how it looked in September you can find on my shot.

Lennon

Lennon or Lemon?

Fall in Prague is really beautiful as you can check also here, my shot for October shows you St. Vitus cathedral, the most important church in our country, from a bit different perspective that we are used to look at.

Hrad

St. Vitus cathedral

Houses of Prague are full of house signs. People use to ask me why there is written “U” (U dvou slunců, U housliček, U prstenu, U kamenného zvonu, …) on the buildings. You can also find the “U” on my shot, where “U tří Turků” is written. The “U” means “beside” or “by”. Thus, the house is called House Beside three Turks, because of the three Turks heads on the facade. I plan to write more about house signs in Prague somewhere in future. Meanwhile, you can look at more house signs at my very first post here (bottom picture). That’s my shot for November.

TUrci

Turks

About December in Prague I wrote a lot, you can check all the posts and I also wrote about the tradition of nativity scenes. The last picture is from the famous church of Our Lady Victorious, where you can find the statue of Baby Infant Jesus (also on my list for next year posts). At the back of the church you can find shelves with figures of baby infant Jesus all over the worls but also small nativity scenes, like is the one on my shot. The creches are from South America (Salvador), and I love that simple style a lot.

Betlem

Betlem

I hope you enjoyed my 2012 tour and I hope we will meet next year, if not in Prague, then definitelly on my blog pages here :-).

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Good Villager
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 14:35:55

    Your photos are fabulous, and even better, your accompanying descriptions. So interesting!

    Reply

  2. dogear6
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 21:38:21

    I’m so glad you stopped by to visit me so I could return the favor – I loved your photos! My Mom and niece went to Prague this year for the first time and loved it (we are of Czech heritage). This helps me see some of what they saw and did.

    Nancy

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    • PragueByKaty
      Dec 30, 2012 @ 21:50:51

      Now it’s your turn to come to Prague :-), I believe you will love it!

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      • dogear6
        Dec 30, 2012 @ 21:53:14

        I think I’d love it also! I’d also like to see Switzerland again someday (my grandfather immigrated from there). Flying has become so terrible though that I only drive to wherever want to go. Still, it’s an interesting thought – thanks for bringing that up!

        My niece would love it and speaks Czech pretty fluently.

  3. Ana Ela
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 00:11:43

    I have enjoyed reading your blog so much, I thought I would give you a little compliment and nominate you for the ‘Sisterhood of the World Bloggers’ Award. If you are interested, the details are here; https://habitualrunaway.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/. =)

    Reply

  4. Amy
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 03:41:53

    Wonderful photos for 2012, Katy! Will see more Prague photos next year. Happy New Year!

    Reply

  5. Peter S
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 04:45:08

    Wonderful photos! I hope to visit Prague some day!

    Reply

  6. poppytump
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:55:20

    Lovely to look over your last year Katy- some of which I had missed before – such a lot of interesting things you’ve told us about and your photos tell the stories too 🙂

    Reply

  7. megtraveling
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 17:31:18

    What a great year in pictures!

    Reply

  8. Bams Triwoko
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 13:05:19

    Sound wonderful place in Prague… 🙂
    Great photos review in 2012… can’t wait another angle of Prague in 2013.
    Happy New Year and Happy Blogging Katy… 🙂

    Reply

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  10. fgassette
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 14:13:42

    Wonderful year of 2012.
    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    Reply

  11. frizztext
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 18:52:23

    yes John Lemon,
    the famous musician, R.I.P.
    – when he was asked about his opinion about Beethoven
    – he replied: the painter?

    Reply

  12. philandre
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 08:16:56

    Thank you for the information about the love locks (Vilnius) and liking “In search of unusual destinations”. Just to say, additionally: I’m really enjoying your blog. Your shots of Prague bring back fond memories of a trip a few years back. It’s time I went again! Phil.

    Reply

  13. pleisbilongtumi
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 15:28:55

    Truly wonderful and nice text too. Thank you for sharing

    Reply

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