Winter Walks (1) – Letna

Prague is lovely city also in winter, when the number of tourists slows down (but not that much as expected). It can be freezing but when the sun shines, its nice and almost warm for nice walk. Find some pictures from the winter walk on Letná hill and area, which rises above the river and the Old Town to combine walk in the nature with beautiful views with wandering through the residential area with hipster cafes, pubs, or design places.

Buildings built on bastions of Prague walls

I started my walk at Hradčanská tram stop and walked by the former ramparts around the Prime Minister villa for the views to the river from Hanavský Pavilion.

Hanavský Pavilion was built in 1891 for the Jubilee World Fair, it is cast-iron structure built as a representation pavilion (commercial) for Iron and Steel Company.

The view from here is really beautiful :-),

Vltava river and some of its bridges (Mánes bridge, Charles bridge, …)

… and you even see the Prague Castle behind the Prime Minister villa.

And then I walked in the edge of the hill, enjoying the weather, watching dogs plays, joggers, seniors or mothers with babies walking around, not missing the view of Prague.
One of the most favorite places is also the monument, where the biggest monument of Joseph Stalin used to be, but now metronome and meeting point of young people is.

Metronome on large marble pedestal ( walk down the stairs and find stones from the whole Czech Republic incorporated to the pedestal) and the shoes.

My steps goes to the sporty area, finally I decide not to got to the cafe here but buy a cup at a stand and sit in the beer garden at the Letna Castle with views to the Old Town. The weather is too nice and even it is freezing, there is more people enjoying the sun rays and even cyclists drive by.

Winter cafe at the beer garden at Letná.

More garden in gallery:

After the sunbath I walked around the tunnel ventilation (see picture) between the Technical and Agricultural Museum to the Letohradská street with famous functionalist buildings and finally took a seat in one very famous and photogenic cafe – Cafe Letka for warming with a cup of cappuccino.

Café Letka

Cafe Letka is always full of people.

More cafe in gallery:

And even the weather was nice I decided to slowly finish my tour with some window shopping at the design stores on Letna’s main street (CVRK, Scoro Coco) and old time cafe with delicious sweets (Erhartova Cukrárna).

I didn’t miss the beautiful details on the buildings around me …

…and then I took the tram home.

Tram traffic.

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Rainbow above Prague

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Prague after the rains and big water

After days full of water from above and also from bellow, yesterday my hope came that we will see sun again.

I was out, but unfortunatelly without camera, only with my phone, but I saw beautiful rainbow stridden above Prague and it made me very happy. See also another shot here.

To affirm my hope I checked the forecast, and see what I have seen.

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Weather forecast

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Signs

What else it can be for Signs photo challenge, than Prague’s house signs.

Before there was numbering of buildings, there were house signs, which gave names to the buildings. I already told you, that it is really important to look up in Prague, that you will find something interesting on the building above your head. Here I have a collection of house signs for you, from the Little Quarter mostly, some of them from the Old Town. In Prague you will find many more :-).

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Just a few of them

This shot reminds me of going to vacation. When we travel to Italy, we always go by Innsbruck and we always stop at the Rosenberger restaurant on the highway there. They have these signs in the garden.

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Innsbruck, service area by the highway

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

This weekend I took my camera for awhile to my mother’s garden, to make shots for Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above. I really love tulips (not only) and here they are for you from above.

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Flowers at my mother’s garden

Travel theme: Dance

I want to dedicate this week’s Travel Theme: Dance to my friend Gaga from Yemen. I met him in Yemen, where he was our guide. He took us to the small village in Haraz mountains, where he grew up and where he started his career as a dancer of traditional dances. See him on the two bottom shots with yellow/black scarf on his head.

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Musicians and dancers in Haraz mountain, Hajjara village (photos by Jarda Dohnal)

Few years later he came to Prague to visit us and one evening we spent with my parents. Dancing in Yemen is a mens business, so my father joined Gaga for dancing and we had a lot of fun.

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Dancing in Czech-Yemen style

But the biggest fun came later, when our Fanda couldn’t resist just watching and she entered the dance, so keen, even standing on her back legs (sorry, too quick and no chance of making a picure :-(). She enjoyed the dance a lot and we did as well, watching her.

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Fanda rules!

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

Travel theme: Light

For Travel Theme Light I have for you some more shots from my Winter Airing at Prague Castle, more can be found at one of my previous posts here.

The first gallery is the game of the light at Prague Castle, shadow and light, sun above the Krocín’s fountain at the second courtyard and the third you have already seen, but it is so beautiful that I show it again, sun coming through the stained glass window in St. Vitus Cathedral

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Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

And when you walk down from Prague Castle, you can see the buildings’ shadows on the opposite site of the street, thanks to the light; sun under the Charles Bridge in Čertovka channel and sunset from the Charles Bridge.

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Walking down in Neruda street and over the Charles Bridge

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