I loved Prague.
It was in 2017, and I couldn’t be more excited. Two of my best, closest friends were coming along. In a single trip, I was going to finally meet the two cities I wanted to go the most in Europe at that time – Prague and Vienna.
And while my expectations of Prague were high, the city was able to surpass them immensely. I was reading the posts I wrote at the time about my experience, to remind myself of details I may have forgotten. But actually, for some reason, I have been keeping with me a very clear memory of what was to stay in this city for two days. I remember quite clearly what we did, what we ate. What impressed me. So I went through the very difficult task of selecting my favourite photos from the trip, as this week, on my Instagram, Prague will take over.
A lot of this collection is about well… buildings. I really did feel like a child in Christmas eve (I do still behave like a child in Christmas Eve…). Prague offered me such architectural pearls and all of them on my favourite styles – Gothic, Art Nouveau and Baroque. I was living a dream in Prague. I couldn’t stop looking around. And worst, I couldn’t decide in which Era I wanted to emerge myself in.
As you can see, no photos here of Charles Bridge. It was sunset when we visited it and it was a magical experience. But a magical experience disturbed by the awful crowd of tourist gathering there. It is insane to think that was something possible before.
One of the main reasons why I want to go back to Prague so badly is so I can wake up before the sun rises, and photograph the bridge in its emptiness. The other famous landmark missing in this photo series is the astronomical clock. There were some restoration works going on at the time, and while I was able to see it, the photos look pretty awful.
There is something about this city that completely blew me away. Even though the people weren’t very nice (which I’m assuming is a cultural thing, rather than being purposely rude, or maybe I just found less nicer locals), I could absolutely imagine myself living here. But if you ask me why, I would say it’s down to the aesthetic of the place, which I do know can be a very frivolous way of deciding for a place to live.
A while ago, I was reading the cryptic book The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro. While the book felt like trying to understand the Escher’s Stairway, like an odd dream you’re trapped in, and does not give you any indication of where in the world that twisted plot takes place, in my mind, the story was happening in Prague. I don’t know why, it just felt that way. I really think this city is a magnificient source of inspiration. Perhaps for the diverse architectural styles, or the its rich history. It did leave me inspired and wanting to write a book about it, if I were to so anytime in the future (I do recommend this book if you’re up for a challenging reading).
If you ever visited Prague, did you like it? What were your impressions of the city?
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