Weekly Image Of Life: Weekend

Welcome to our little cottage

Welcome to our little cottage

Traditional way of spending the weekend for families in Czechoslovakia during coommunistic regime was “going to the cottage”. There were lots of small colonies close to bigger cities (mainly around Prague) that were preoccupied during weekends and summer and empty during working days. Traditionally, almost everyone left the work on Friday about 2pm, took his family and went to the cottage. The cottages were from small and simple cabins to residences bigger than the appartment family had in Prague. My family didn’t have cottage where to go, so we have spent our weekend travelling around Bohemia, visiting castles, cities, exploring different places. Maybe that’s why I love travelling so much.

Patio, where everything happens

Patio, where everything happens

Sun-bathing platform

Sun-bathing platform

My husband’s family went to the cottage at weekends. Once or twice a year now we are going to this cottage with our friends, and the place is lovely. Very close to Prague, but out of any civilisation, in fact there is no electricity, no water in the kitchen, you have to pump the water from the pump in the center of the colony. For toilet you have to go through the whole garden to the end of it, which can be quiet adventurous specially during the night, but mostly stars are shining to show you the way, which wouldn’t happen in Prague, where is a lot of light smog. For taking shower we first have to pump the water, then warm it on the fire and finally pump it to the barrel above the heads. But it worths it and you enjoy it more then at home, where everything is automatical. Here you live in the nature.

It’s nice to spend your weekend with friends.

Sporting and resting, time for both

Sporting and resting, time for both

When you are not able to assmble the long chair, you can lie down on the grass

When you are not able to assemble the long chair, you can lie down on the grass

The best kitchen is made on fire, bastled with beer nd finally you need real four men to take the chicken down from the stick

The best chicken is made on fire, bastled with beer and finally you need four real men to take the chicken down from the stick

Or enjoy the seasons there on your own.

Spring and summer

Spring and summer

Fall is coming

Fall is coming


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elizz
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 13:38:46

    what an adventure.. your weekend sure is fun 🙂


  2. Photography Journal Blog
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 14:10:42

    I love this post, really nice photos as well.


  3. bubblytee
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 16:22:49

    Katy, these are superb images that touched my heart…they are filled with warmth and love of home and family. I esp love the pictures of the men smoking the chicken.

    Here in America we also strive to get away, but weekends seemed filled with catching up on chores, home improvements, mowing the grass, shopping etc.

    Those who get away also escape to the lake homes, parks, mountains retreats, and creek tents. Some have houseboats that sit on the water all year round. I was privileged to stay in one when friends invited us for that adventure.

    lol…i dont think i’d care for that outdoor toilet. It reminds me too much of when i was poor in my young years back in Mexico.

    Me…i think i’d like a cave in the hills to escape to. I am privileged to live by a creek where we go and have picnics and hike the rocky waterbed…and come home to the comfort of my own bed. 🙂


    • PragueByKaty
      Jan 18, 2013 @ 16:29:00

      That’s nice! You reminded me – all the people who were leaving for cottages during communistic regime, they were doing exactly what you wrote about: cottage improvements, garden improvements, car improvements (when cars were just machines and not computers). To have your cottage/garden/car nicer and better than your neighbours.


  4. Clanmother
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 22:02:39

    Thank you for letting me come along on your adventure…


  5. Island Traveler
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 09:45:38

    Love it. Can you take me along? The cottage is a great escape from the busy, crazy world. It helps us appreciate the simple things like nature, family and friends, even the pureness of getting water and building fire from scratch. This is one weekend geteway I will trade for any mall or theme parks. You are blessed to have an amazing family and a very rich culture. Hey, it’s weekend again, what’s cooking this weekend? Take care.


  6. Finn Holding
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 14:13:11

    What a great place to spend a weekend!

    I love your description of light pollution as ‘light smog’.


  7. radhika25
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 17:34:39

    Such beautiful pictures!


  8. poppytump
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 18:26:56

    What a lovely litle retreat you have shown us Katy with your words and pictures ! How nice to chill out and have fun with friends over a weekend there …..I bet you feel all rejuvenated on return to work 😀


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