The beauty of Prague, day and night.

February 2, 2012 § 17 Comments

It was a bright sunny morning. Perfect to look over to the castle and the old bridge in Prague. Dec 18, 2011

Prague is a city that you should leave half a day without scheduling anything, and simply wander around mindlessly. Navigating through the little streets, pretending you were one of the locals walking down the same streets for the 5 billionth time. ┬áIt was not hard to discover the beauty of this old city, along with some very strange sight. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Delicious and Hot: Choco Cafe

January 31, 2012 § 7 Comments

Something's sweet in the air at Choco Cafe, Prague. Dec 18, 2011

I can’t remember where I read about this little cafe in Prague, but it only took a few second, and I was determined that I *must* pay a visit. Choco Cafe, I doubt there’s any other names that can be more fitting. Located on a street called Liliova (which sounds pretty cute by the way), I arrived on a sunny Sunday morning after strolling around a market nearby. My hands were freezing and I couldn’t wait to get in and have a taste of their finest creation: Hot Chocolate.

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Random shots on the street of Kutna Hora

January 30, 2012 § 6 Comments

Here are some pictures I took around the town of Kutna Hora on Dec 17, 2011. It was so quiet everywhere, maybe because it was weekend and everyone was home.

Lovely cobblestone street.

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St Barbara’s Church at Kutna Hora

January 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

This was the only place I could shot the St Barbara's Church sitting on a high ground. Kutna Hora. Dec 17, 2011.

St Barbara’s Church situated on the south-western edge of the town of Kutna Hora, perching on a little cliff looking down to the world. I had some time left, so I decided to walk up there and see this biggest gothic church in town. It was a nice pleasant walk, navigating the old cobblestone streets on a gentle slope. Loved the fresh air here. So calming and peaceful, it was quite hard to imagine this place was a busy town few hundreds years ago. Besides passing through some restaurants and vintage boutiques, some section of the path offered a wonderful view of the town from far. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Czech made coins at an Italian Court

January 28, 2012 § 4 Comments

The courtyard of the Italian Court at Kutna Hora. Dec 17, 2011.

In the Central Bohemia Region lies a once very wealthy medieval town called Kutna Hora. Since they discovered silver deposits during the 13th century, this town established its wealth and prosperity through mining silver and minting coins. That was pretty much like getting rich by printing money. So the growing economy made it the second most important town at the time after Prague, both politically and culturally.

After visiting the unique bone church of Sedlec, I thought I could take a bus into the historic old town of Kutna Hora. However, the bus didn’t run as frequent as I thought. With no cabs insight, I followed the main road and walked for a little over half an hour. At first, it was just like some boring modern town, then it turned into some narrow cobblestone streets. Being in a town with such history, how could you not visit the Italian Court? It was the place where they manufactured their silver coins! I joined their English tour, which was the only option to see the inside of it. However it provided a lot of interesting history, and well worth it. « Read the rest of this entry »

Human bones as decoration

January 27, 2012 § 21 Comments

Decoration on the ceiling at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora. Dec 17, 2011.

It was about 12 years ago, after dinner during a summer evening. I was watching a girl introducing a very unusual church in Czech Republic on an episode of Lonely Planet in the living room. It was a church with every decoration made out of human bones. I’ve seen a map made out of skulls in Cambodia, but that was for a painful political history. Nothing like this. In a holy house of God, scary human skulls were on display in plain sight? Since then this place has always been on my mind. Now, the dream of visiting this strange church I saw on TV came true. I jumped on a train in Prague and went on a day trip to a town called Kutna Hora. « Read the rest of this entry »

John Lennon Wall of Prague

January 26, 2012 § 4 Comments

The John Lennon Wall off the main street in Mala Strana in Prague. Dec 16, 2011

I was starving by the time I finished the long tour at the Prague Castle, and it was very late for lunch. However, I still didn’t want to just dine inside one of those places right below the castle, as I felt they were catering to tourists. I walked down the main street until I spotted the name of an Italian restaurant that was recommended by fellow travelers online. After some soup and lovely pasta, I took the city map out to see how to get back to the Old Town Square. Then I saw a place, not far from where I was, marked as the “John Lennon Wall”. So I decided to have a little detour to check this out. « Read the rest of this entry »

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