Postcards from Prague

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.

Towers of Church of Our Lady Before Týn – What a gothic pearl. Why aren’t we building like this anymore?
The Dancing House – an excellent opposite of the above and, to be honest, of everything else surrounding it. While this is without a doubt a fantastic work of architectural design, its construction in Prague was quite polemical precisely because it doesn’t fit in the old persistent style of the city. For some reason, this reminds of me of this quote (not sure who said it) “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music
I believe this is a view the Powder Tower. You can see how old it is in comparison to the pastel coloured buildings.
Prague from above. The dome of Saint Nicholas Church stands out at our right.
Autumn was starting to give signs of life. This trip was in October.
Such a beautiful riverside – this is river Vlatava.
A little bit outside of the centre of Prague, there is a beautiful gothic church in the grounds of Vyšehrad castle. I fell in love with this door (I think I am, in some way, collecting photos of doors when I travel).
Perhaps one of the most famous points of interest in Prague (apart from Charles Bridge) is the Saint Vitus Cathedral. This definitely deserves a a visit. It is probably one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals I have seen so far.
A view from the top of St. Vitus Cathedral. Its dark colours contrast immensely with the scenery around it.
The complex of Prague’s Castle from the other side of the river Vltava.

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?

Love, Nic

Hope you enjoyed this little vintage edit of some of my favourite photos of Prague. Join me on Instagram for more! Plus,if you’re interested in reading more about my experience in Prague, check the articles down below.

12 thoughts on “Postcards from Prague

  1. Great post and fantastic photos. Looks like Prague is a truly wonderful city to explore and photograph. It’s one of the cities I haven’t visited yet, hopefully one day once the pandemic crisis are over. Cheers and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. Thanks a lot! Oh I do hope you get to visit Europe soon, there are so many beautiful places to explore. My future plans mostly involve going outside Europe – as I’m based here, it’s always been convenient (and cheaper) to travel to european countries… have a lovely week!

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