Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White I take you for a walk over the Charles Bridge in Prague, the oldest bridge, top tourist attraction in Prague, place that you can enjoy at nights and in winter more because it is not full of people so that you can hardly go through :-). Let’s start at the Old Town by Manes bridge with a nice view to the Charles one, I like the promenade at Aleš’s quay.

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Aleš’s quay, in summer full of artists

We enter the bridge at the Křižovnické náměstí, through the Old Town Bridge Tower (more about it next Monday in my tower’s series). The water level is quite high these days.

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Water and gulls sitting on wooden ice-breakers

At the bridge you can find people having their businesses there, mostly stalls with hand made products, jewels, photos, paintings. Very nice collection indeed.

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Sellers and customers

During winter you can also meet warm-blooded people crossing the bridge.

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I was cold!

But the most important activity at the Charles Bridge is taking pictures. Picture of oneself, of the view, of the statues, of my friends, of the water, of oneself (again) together with friends.

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Photographers

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St. John of Nepomuk, golden details

When making pictures, don’t forget to look at the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. It’s the oldest one on the bridge and it is the only one made of metal (it’s green), others are from sandstone. It’s also the most occupied statue, as everyone want’s to touch the reliefs at the bottom of it :-). The lady on the right side will fulfill your wishes, the loyal dog on the left will bring you back to Prague. Not far from there you can find a special small bar at a place where John of Nepomuk was dropped to the water.

After crossing the bridge you can walk also under it on Kampa island or at Little Quarter, don’t miss the Café Kafíčko I wrote about at the end of my previous post Prague Towers (5) – Little Quarter Bridge Tower, which is nicely warm specially in these winter days.

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Crossing the bridge under the bridge in snowy weather

And when we are in Little Quarter, we don’t forget to visit Museum of Music in Karmelitská street. There are beautiful old instruments, the next collection fits topic black and white perfectly.

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Fingerboards of pianos and cembalos at the Museum of Music

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jersey Joshii
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 08:59:31

    Beautiful. Prague is perfect for black & white photos.

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  2. bentehaarstad
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:11:48

    Except for the first, that I personally find a bit too dark, they are all very good Prague B&Ws!

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  3. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:56:00

    What legs! I bet you were COLD!

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  4. samstersadventures
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:56:09

    These photos are amazing! Your blog is really convincing me I have to visit Prague =)

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  5. Cristian V. Photography
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 15:38:58

    Prague seems to be such a warm city, despite the cold weather…great photos 🙂

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  6. Janine
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 16:35:39

    Your photos are always amazing. You have such a good eye for what’s interesting. I love seeing Prague. It’s beautiful. I’ve never been but I’ve heard a lot about it growing up since my mom’s boyfriend of 20 years was from there. He jokes that we learned to speak English together. Can’t wait to see more 🌸

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  7. colormusing
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 18:57:58

    Lovely! I’d so love to visit Prague!

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  8. lingeringvisions
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 21:44:28

    Awesome collection!

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  9. H.O
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 03:03:45

    very nice photos. i like 2nd one.

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  10. Melanie
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 08:15:42

    Fabulous! I love your photos of Prague. I must visit again

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  11. pommepal
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 10:21:40

    Very atmospheric, love the people doing the different activities

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  12. janalinesmalman
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 13:23:15

    Lovely photos!! B&W always looks so dramatic. My favourite one is definitely the gulls sitting on the wooden ice breakers!!

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  13. Cee Neuner
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 23:16:51

    Beautifully captured. I even adore that you put my foto challenge logo in black and white. Way cool!

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  14. meagan8477
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 09:06:45

    I LOVE these!

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  16. GalOnTrip
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 18:59:25

    may be it’s kinda late to “like” it, but i admit that your b/w version of prague is fabulous. indeed, prague is a very beautiful city. it was the first city i visited in eastern europe years ago. i remember i was amazed by its beauty. thx for viewing my post.

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