Impromptu Prague

Spur of the Moment Travel

My new passport was burning a hole in my pocket. I had to use it. Two days after it arrived, I booked a week long trip to Prague, Czech Republic. A week later, I departed. Prague was a wonderful choice. The old city is compact and walkable, transportation is easy and efficient, my hotel (Century Old Town) was incredible, and the weather was great for wandering. There was only drawback for me. After six days of walking on uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks, my feet needed a vacation.  I’m still processing my photos but thought these turned out well.

Charles Bridge

View of the Charles Bridge from the Prague Castle

View of the Charles Bridge from the Prague Castle

Sunset on Charles Bridge

Sunset on Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

View from the Bridge, Vltava River

View from the Bridge, Vltava River

Old Town Square

Dusk on Old Town Square

Dusk on Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Tyn Church

Tyn Church

Tyn Church after Dark, Old Town Square

Tyn Church after Dark, Old Town Square

Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall

Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall

Clock Tower, Old Town Hall

Clock Tower, Old Town Hall

Obecni Dum 

Olbenci Dum

Obenci Dum

Art Nouveau stained glass window in the Oldecni Dum

Art Nouveau stained glass window in the Obecni Dum

Dome with cupola, Obecni Dum, Prague, Czech Republic

Dome with cupola, Obecni Dum, Prague, Czech Republic

 Old Jewish Cemetery, Josefov district

Headstones in the Old Jewish Cemetery, Josefov district, Prague

Headstones in the Old Jewish Cemetery, Josefov district, Prague

Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery

New Old Synagogue

New Old Synagogue

Decorative Arts Museum

Decorative Arts Museum, Stairway to exhibit space

Decorative Arts Museum, Stairway to exhibit space

 

Decorative Arts Museum Exhibit Space

Decorative Arts Museum Exhibit Space

Portion of detailed beaded garden

Portion of detailed beaded garden

 The Slave Epic, Alphonse Mucha. Twenty monumental panels in Prague for an indefinite period. A must see!

The Slave Epic, Alphonse Mucha. Detail from one of the twenty epic panels.

The Slave Epic, Alphonse Mucha. Detail from panel 6 of the twenty epic panels.

The Slav Epic, Panel 1, Introduction of the Slav Liturgy

The Slav Epic, Panel 1, Introduction of the Slav Liturgy

 

The Slave Epic. Detail from panel.

The Slave Epic. Detail from panel.

The Slav Epic.

The Slav Epic.

The Slave Epic. The Final Panel (20).

The Slave Epic. The Final Panel (20).

 

 

Prague Castle Complex. St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Church

St. Vitus Cathedral, Nave

 

Alphonse Mucha window, St. Vitus Cathedral

Alphonse Mucha window, St. Vitus Cathedral

Alphonse Mucha window detail, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle complex

Alphonse Mucha window detail, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle complex

St. Vitus, Apse Exterior

St. Vitus, Apse Exterior

St. Vitus and the Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge

St. Vitus and the Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge

Just for fun. The picture above with a few adjustments.

Just for fun. The picture above with a few adjustments.

Ceiling in side chapel of St. George Church

Ceiling in side chapel of St. George Church

St. George Church, in the Prague Castle complex

St. George Church, in the Prague Castle complex

Ceiling detail from St. George Church, Romanesque Building

Ceiling detail from St. George Church, Romanesque Building

 Misc:

Our Lady of the Snows Church

Our Lady of the Snows Church

Czech Souvenir Shop, Easter Egg

Czech Souvenir Shop, Easter Egg

Beer Hall by the Church

Beer Hall by the Church

Mannequin posing on Old Town Square

Mannequin posing on Old Town Square

Jan Huss, the religious reformer, Old Town Square

Jan Huss, the religious reformer, Old Town Square

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Thanks so much. I loved Prague. My maternal grandfather’s family was from Bohemia/Czechoslovakia, so I felt a bit like it was in my genes.

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Mucha’s Slav Epic paintings are incredible. The pictures don’t convey how large they are. Huge. Apparently there is a dispute about who owns them and whether they will stay in Prague or will be returned to the small town in which they were displayed for years. I’m so glad I saw them.

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