January is almost at its end so I’m here to share some of the photos I took in Žinkovy, the first town on the list of my photo project for this year.

Why Žinkovy, you might ask? The answer would be simple. Although it’s just a small town that is neither extraordinary nor special, we visited it several times in different seasons and always found something interesting so it seemed a good place to start the project with.

Let me clarify that I don’t see this collection of photos as something representing the town but rather as a collection of captures that caught my attention. If you were there, you might have taken quite different photos. I wasn’t hired to prepare an official guide so I allowed myself to be subjective in selecting both what I captured and what I shared.

We visited the town three times during January and the weather was never the same which is reflected in the photos and has added to the variety.

When we talk about the variety, I’d like to say that I tried to capture the interesting, whether it looked cared-for or neglected. It was all part of the whole.

One of the surprises that awaited us on site was that the premises of the chateau (which you can see in the very first photo) are no more open to the public. The chateau has been private and under reconstruction for several years but you could walk in its premises which was always a nice stroll so I quite regret that the premises are to be fenced. On the other hand I’m glad that the building has been restored to its beauty, one has to respect the fact that every owner has the right to treat their property as they see fit and as it serves their plans.

Because we couldn’t walk in the chateau’s park, we had more time to explore other parts of the town, which eventually I was grateful for. Disadvantages may sometimes become advantages…

That’s it today, I hope you’ll enjoy the trip. Click on the photos to enlarge them if you want to see more.



  1. I’m in awe, Petra! These are just so beautiful. I love the variety of subjects and the interesting composition of each. The snowy images are lovely. It was the right kind of snow, the kind that clings to trees and bushes. I think I’m going to enjoy this year’s photo project very much!

    1. Linda, thank you, your comment feels very encouraging. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this first month and the philosophy of the project – coming back repeatedly, perceiving what attracts me, taking photos I might not have taken before… That’s enriching.

  2. These are wonderful Petra! I really love the ones with electrical poles and light poles. I was intrigued to learn the population of Zinkovy so I did a quick check on wiki. I found it so interesting: “Žinkovy is a market town in Plzeň-South District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. Currently the ancestral home of Baron Sherman-Skoda now residing in USA, Virginia, Roanoke.” Roanoke, Virginia is my home town – born and raised there! Small world!

    1. Robin, thank you. What a surprising connection, it’s really just a small world. I know nothing about the Baron but I wonder whether he is the current owner of the chateau because the last person who owned the chateau before it was used as a trade union’s recreation centre, had been Mr Karel Škoda…

  3. I just looked up the village to see if I could find out the age of some of those buildings. It was first written about in 1379. Amazing! Your photos showed a great view of the place. I have noticed lots of buildings in your photos painted that shade of yellow. Is that to do with history?

    1. Sandy, thank you. The history of Žinkovy actually goes even further, back to 1176, when it was just a small settlement with a few houses. Many buildings were damaged by fire throughout the times, including the original church.

      It’s an interesting question whether the yellow paint on the buildings relates to history. I would say that partly. I read that if a building was painted with a particular colour in the past, the colour should be preferred when the building is renovated. On the other hand, yellow is a popular colour for houses to be painted with here. When we were restoring our house, I wanted it yellow as well! Finally we decided to go with the original white but I like all the yellow houses, especially if the yellow is warm and deep.

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