Winter Walks (2) – Vysehrad

Vyšehrad (“higher castle”) is so connected with Czech history and the oldest legends from father Czech coming to Bohemia and settling here to be the place of the last resting place (as we call the cemetery) of famous Czech people. Vyšehrad is located a little bit far from the main touristic attractions, that can be the reason why it is so much loved by Czech people, visiting the place in every season, during day and night and enjoying its quiet space. Visiting beer garden (in summer), jogging, walking dogs or kids.

I visit this place often and in this cold but sunny day I decided to visit it with my camera. But I haven’t made the most popular pictures, just some views from Vyšehrad, and then I oriented more at the cemetery and church.

Vyšehrad is now a fortress, surrounded by walls and couple of entrance gates. The main entrance (Tabor’s gate) is followed by Špička (Top) gate, you will find just part of it, as the original gothic gate is gone now, and what remained is occupied by information center with model of Vyšehrad area. And finally there is the baroque Leopold’s gate to enter the area.

Tennis courts under the bastions and Leopold’s gate

Just behind the gate you will find one of the oldest buildings in Prague, the rotund of St. Martin, three of the remaining rotunds in Prague area.

St Martin’s rotund

I never miss going to the view to the South of Prague, where Podolí quarter is. Silver river is beautiful and unlike the Central area of Prague (around Charles Bridge), the river is quite narrow and deep here. If you have a chance to listen the music composition My Country by Bedrich Smetana, listen (at least) to the part which is called Vltava, and when you hear the royal fanfare, it means the river enters Prague under Vyšehrad rock.

River coming to Prague from the South

The I walked around Vyšehrad on the rampart with more views and finally there is the view to the Prague Castle.

The rampart walk with the church at the back

One more river with sport island and little port

Prague Castle and the whole city center in one view

St Peter and Paul’s basilica is wonderful piece of architecture, completely rebuild in puristic Gothic style by Josef Mocker at the end of 19 century. Surprisingly the interior is very colorful and decorated in art nouveau style.

Gallery (click on the picture to enlarge it)

After visiting the church I found myself wandering through the cemetery of famous Czech people, finding the names and tombs which I skip the other times, so lot of them were “new” for me as well. I love the cemetery as there you can learn a lot about our history, about our traditions, about our clever people, inventors, musicians, and others. And it is not only about people who are buried there, but also the tombstones itself are art pieces by popular artists, showing who lies underneath.

Gallery – click on the picture to see the full size

From Vyšehrad I descended to the river to make a picture of the less photographed cubist house and the to Náplavka next to the river, which was empty today but for weekend it changes to be the favorite farmers market place.

Gallery – click on the picture to see the full size

Josef Chochol cubist house under Vyšehrad

Náplavka on Vltava river

Náplavka with sauna on the river

Stairs up to the street

Another post about Vysehrad you can find here.

Other Winter Walks you can find on these links:
1. Letná
2. Vyšehrad
3. Vršovice (1)
4. Vršovice (2)
5. Kampa

The series about Night Walks can be found here:
1. Prague Castle

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Last weekend I have visited Kutná Hora and there I had found a nice sign that I want to share with you for The Sign Says Weekly Photo Challenge. More about Kutná Hora you can find on this link.

The sign I found in the souvenir shop simply said:

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The sign says: 2 + 1 free

A bit strange and scary to find it at the souvenir shop at the bone chapel, which inside looks like this:

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Bone chapel

And all the decorations in the chapel are done from the same “material”, the real human bones and human skulls.

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Decorations

Therefore it is really strange to find this special offer:

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The sign says: 2 + 1 free

Fortunatelly the small sign next to the first one says:

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This sign explains what’s on sale – certificate

Still I would feel a bit strange to buy three skulls, despite the fact that one would be for free :-).

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges I want to show you two “bridges” in Prague. The first one is on the river, very close to the Charles bridge.

Novotného lávka (Novotny’s Gangoard)

This place is not called bridge (“most” in Czech), but gangoard (“lávka” in Czech). Maybe you have heard about it, because there is the famouse music club Lávka, the biggest club in middle Europe. Also you will find there a museum of well known Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, who made beautiful music poem My Country, where one of the pieces is called “Vltava river”.

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View from the gangoard to Vltava river and Smetana’s Embankment

You can go there to rest, to make shots with the most famouse view to Prague with Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, to eat in the restaurant, to visit the museum, to the club for dance or performance. You can go there to enjoy.

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Smetana statue and the gangoard

You can watch the river flow and to observe all the boats on the river, or think out what kind of art is the row of yellow penguins on the other side of the river by the Kampa Museum, specially at the evening, when they are enlightened.

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Take a seat

Můstek (Little Bridge)

The second bridge is in the middle of the city. At the border between The Old Town and the New Town, where used to be ramparts and the moat. Bottom of the Wenceslas Square is still called Little Bridge and you can find underground station there called the same (Můstek).

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Můstek, the bottom of the Wenceslas Square

The place is used as a meeting place, the second most used by locals, after the one on the top of the Wenceslas Square called “under the tail”.

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Up and bellow

The old bridge is from the first half of the 15th century, when it was built over the half covered moat between the Old and New Towns. The bridge was set aside around 1463, and there used to be a cellar under the bridge. When the underground was built, bridge was uncovered and you can see it when you go to the subway.

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The old bridge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks Indoors or Outdoors

Let me show you few shots from brilliant place in Moravia – Kroměříž Gardens. I chose them for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks Indoors or Outdoors and I hope you will like them and maybe you will visit the place as well :-).

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Balcony above the garden, renaissance passage is bellow.

The first shot is from the view balcony over the gardens.

This gallery are the paths in the garden, passage under the balcony, walks in between flowerbeds.

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Walks in the garden

Weekly Image Of Life: Easter Time

Today I have some shots connected with Easter in Czech Republic and Prague for Weekly Image Of Life: Easter Time.

Despite the fact that Czech Republic is very secular country, also here we have Easter services, this one from St. Salvator Church at Klementinum complex.

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Easter Ceremony at St. Salvator Church, Klementinum

Mostly the feast is the great opportunity to decorate city squares and have Easter markets, as this one at the Old Town square.

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Old Town Square – Easter Market

“Kraslice” are the real egg shales. The name comes from the Czech word “krásný” = beautiful and “krásný” comes from Slavonic/Russian word “krasnij” = red. Look at the next gallery and you won’t be surprised, that kraslice are mostly red. There are many decoration styles, every village has its own style and method and ornament shapes, which are used for centuries.

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“Kraslice” – Easter Eggs

Important for Easter Monday, “pomlázka”. Pomlázka is a stick made from willow canes and the word comes from: “mladý” = young, “omladit/pomladit” = make younger. Therefore, on the Easter Monday mornings boys are visiting girls and they make them younger with their “pomlázka’s” and girls are giving back the eggs and ribbons. Look at it from other perspective here.

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Pomlázka

About Czech Christmas gingerbread tradition you can read here, and for Easter we have special gingerbread shapes as well :-).

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Easter Gingerbreads

Eggs are all around us, also like a colorful candles.

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Eggs od candles?

And easter time is also important, as the spring is coming to Czech Republic and flowers start to bloom and smell, it is beautiful!

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Spring is coming

A Word A Week Challenge – Music

Czech People were always famous musicians, not only the world know composers Dvořák, Janáček or Smetana, but music was perfomed at every home. Unfortunatelly this is not true anymore. But we have beautiful Music Museum in Prague at the Little Quarter, which is worth to visit.

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Main hall of Music Museum in Prague, also used as a concert hall

Piano machine from the Music Machine Exhibition this year.

Instrument permanent exhibition.

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Instrument details, how many of them you know?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Textures

I chose a bit different textures for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Textures.

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Glass semi products

Glass textures from the bead company in Pěnčín in the mountains in North Bohemia. Nice trip there, beautiful country, goat farm, glass beads … what else have to be told about this beautiful place?

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Beads dregs and semi products

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