A few hours in Prague

About a week ago my husband and I spent several hours in Prague. We had tickets for a concert of “Rodrigo y Gabriela” there and we decided to visit a few places before the concert would start in the evening. The weather wasn’t nice, it was a dreary and rainy day, but eventually it was not as awful as it was forecast and we enjoyed the trip. I’ll show you a few photos that I took but first I’d like to tell you more about those Rodrigo and Gabriela in case you’ve never heard of them. They deserve it.

“Rodrigo y Gabriela” are an acoustic guitar duo coming from Mexico yet their music does not present Mexican traditional melodies. It is influenced by more genres including rock and heavy metal and the word “acoustic” describes it significantly. Most of their repertoire consists of instrumental pieces, they are both skilled guitarists, but lately they’ve added also songs sung by Rodrigo. They made such great progress in the last several years… We saw them in the “Colours of Ostrava” festival last year and loved them and when my husband noticed a few months ago that they would come to Prague in April, we agreed on going to see them. They didn’t disappoint us, the concert was great and I would go again right away. They said that it was their first concert in Prague and promised that they would come again next year so we will see.

And now back to my photos but please, don’t expect the famous Charles Bridge or Prague Castle, there is more to Prague than just its icons.

No. 1: Statues waiting patiently in a yard, probably for the time of their repair or show time. I couldn’t take my eyes of them!

statues

No. 2: We visited an aquarium with many fish but also many children, and lots of noise.

aquarium

No. 3 and 4: An old historical tram that used to be passing through Prague streets many decades ago.

historical-tram

historical-tram

No. 5: A face looking down upon us mortals from its heights on a wall.

Magnolia-bust

No. 6, 7 and 8: Blooming Magnolias and Forsythia everywhere

Magnolia

Forsythia

Magnolia

No. 9: Funicular to and from Petřín which is quite a popular Prague hill with an observation tower and mirror labyrinth.

funicular

Let me conclude this post with a photo No. 10 that presents part of a building in former exhibition area. As I’ve mentioned before, the weather was not favourable and the sky in this photo was ugly, without any texture, so I played a bit with it, trying to add the texture that I was missing, and I created the following image. I’m no expert in working with textures but I like the mood of the result.

clock

It would have been nice to have good weather for that trip, it would have been nice to get breathtaking photographs. But it was fun and a great experience anyway. Things don’t have to be perfect to be enjoyed…

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8 Comments

  1. Thank you for taking me to Prague today! Great images! The blooming trees, the statues, the bright color of the tram and the texture you added in the last photo are all wonderful. I think you had the 'perfect' weather. 🙂

    1. Sandy, I can see what you mean when mentioning the red roofs, I love that feature as well. Prague is a beautiful city with lots of history preserved… As for spring, it has arrived and we had several beautiful days but these last weeks are quite cold, I’m looking forward to warmer mornings!

  2. I'm glad you and your husband were able to get to Prague and enjoy another concert by these musicians, especially since you and seen and enjoyed them so much in Ostrava. And I appreciate the scenes you've captured and shared here. The statues make an interesting photo, but I didn't see one I'd want in my yard. The fish is most unusual, with its odd coloring. The trams reminded me of buses that we had in our town when I was young. They ran on electricity provided by overhead wires and connected to the bus by roof-mounted rods. The picture of the face looking down on us is really beautiful. There's so much in that image, including the magnolia blossoms and the odd-looking creature with a man's face on the wall. I love the magnolia tree against the beautiful wall in the next shot. And the image of the yellow forsythia with the two people, bundled up for cold weather, standing in the doorway is beautifully composed. I've never seen a white forsythia, but it looks like one in the photo with the evergreen tree separating two flowering bushes. The view from the top of the hill is amazing, and I actually kind of like the muted look that the dreary day provided. The last shot shows your creativity and artistry. Really well done, my friend. Not a bad one in the bunch.

    1. Linda, thank you so much for your warm words. We didn’t know what to expect from the atmosphere and audience of the concert and both were wonderful which made us really enjoy the event. You made me smile when I imagined the statues in my yard, I don’t think they would be welcome guests either. The fish was quite big, about 30 centimetres long and I loved it. Your busses running on electricity provided by overhead wires resemble trolley busses that we have in cities, in Pilsen there are several lines. I’m pleased you like the face, I was happy to get that photo with all the details, the magnolia tree was an unexpected bonus. But it’s true, there are so many magnolias here, I even think about planting one in our garden. I don’t think that forsythia can be white, at least in Czech we call it “golden rain”. The white blooming tree might be hawthorn, they are quite many here as well. We went up the hill with that funicular and down the hill by foot, it was a nice walk. I’d say that the view is quite characteristic for Prague, I feel its atmosphere in it.

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