Thursday, June 25, 2009

On Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

The most beautiful of Prague's bridges. Once upon a time four carriages abreast would drive across this bridge.

"Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau), the Charles Bridge used to be the most important connection between the Old Town,Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841. Also this 'solid-land' connection made Prague important as a trade route between east and west Europe. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or the Prague Bridge (Pražský most) but has been the "Charles Bridge" since 1870." - wikipedia

I just love this photograph of Shannon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Prague: the wide shot

I thought I better add some 'scapes to these photos... because the central city is truly beautiful. Above, the view from the castle, and below, the Estates Theatre (where Milos Foreman shot Amadeus - have you seen this film? It's incredible). It is the theatre where Mozart first debuted Don Giovanni in 1787 - I had the pleasure of seeing Mozart and Beethoven's actual musical scores at the Lobkowicz Palace. Apparently grown men and women had been brought to a standstill, weeping, over these things. They were such a highlight.

Below, Prague's famous astronomical clock dating back to 1410. On the hour, the 12 disciples file across the top , preceded by a skeleton ringing a bell.

Below, Old Town square and throngs of touristas.

Below, the view from the top of the City Hall in the Old Town square across the rooftops.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

time travel

The thing is, I'm back in Cyprus now - having flown through the most beautiful lightning storm, but I still have hundreds of photos I want to show you. So things will start falling out of a linear timeline now, but that's ok because I think we all like the idea of a little bit of time travel. Below, more moments and things that appealed to me, like this gorgeous, gentle sculpture of mother and child sitting on a bench in a quiet little back street.

Or this woman's yellow pants:

After all the baroque beauty, the morose, 60s feel of this hotel:

Frank Gehry's "Dancing House" (or Fred and Ginger), wildly tucked on the end of another line of Prague's stately buildings.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Exquisite details from St Vitus's Cathedral

Happy Birthday Mary-Ann!

Happy birthday to Sam's super sweet step-mom who looks like she's turning about 32. To celebrate here is the glorious, glorious stained glass window by Czech art nouveau artist Mucha from St Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle.