Friday, 3 August 2012

Prague - The golden city of 100 spires

Salutations! I'm back from Prague and I could not resist sharing some snaps I took - the weather was perfect for photography as you can see... blue skies abounding! Now that I have had a holiday, I feel I might attempt to do something productive instead of lounging around all day, eating and watching black and white films. You may not believe this but, in Prague, I was awake and dressed at half past eight everyday; I was only there for three and a half days and I refused to waste a moment of it in sleep. Apart from touring the city, I also had lessons with a costume designer, two hours a day,  and although it may not seem like a lot, bearing in mind that is a total of six hours, I have learnt a lot more about how to make a dress... how to stop it fraying, the importance of pins instead of just hoping for the best and that the patience needed does turn out to be worth it. :) I will take pictures of it at some point to show you.

Anywho, I arrived in Prague on Sunday Evening, staying with some really lovely people in a much less tourist-y part of Prague and therefore bringing a much more personal side to the city. That evening I went to see Sweeney Todd with my host, who had designed the fantastic costumes for it.
On Saturday morning, I took a tram (The photo of the tram is the only one I didn't take myself, but I wanted to include it because the tram turned out to be my main form of travel and it's a constantly present item in Prague) into the Old Town then walked aimlessly down a street, finding myself quite happily in the central square which quite took my breath away. Cue to whip out my camera and start clicking ferociously.

(PS: You may find that most of the writing here is basic descriptions and history of certain beautiful structures. Feel free to ignore these and instead simply look at the photos of this wonderful city - I did my best to do it justice)


I think Prague is one of the most beautiful cities on earth...

















<<< Church of St Nicholas, Prague - the first sight I came to and the thing which called me to the Old Square. It is one of the leading Baroque structures in Europe with the main architectural design made by Krystof Dientzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignac Dientzenhofer between 1702 – 1752. It was Kilián who designed the unique vault and robust dome, which has since become one of Prague’s main landmarks.





^^^ I adore photos of beautiful monuments when taken from the back. It lends it an air of informality and intimacy, so I couldn't resist taking this one.
<<<Vivid colours present in many of the buildings, some of which had a moorish air about them.

 <<< I'm narcissistic so I had to include a photo of myself (wearing my brother's circular sunglasses - well, if he had not wished me to use them, he should have taken them on holiday with him) This is, of course, a self-portrait... you can see my arm reflected in the sunglasses.



Trees make everything look prettier. You can see that I took pictures of buildings with trees in front, often just to frame the image or to add colour and shadow. They are also the best way to improve an environment without doing anything drastic. Not that this environment needed much improving since this photo was taken on Parizska street where all the high end shops I cannot afford are (Not that I didn't do some shopping in slightly less expensive shops - I bought a lot of yellow) . I didn't really take pictures of the shops on this street unless I liked the window display a great deal, instead primarily focusing on the buildings. Well, I would have felt really ridiculous if I had taken pictures of the large Burberry, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Prada stores purely because of the distinguished branding, but I tried to show images to give you the 'feel' of this street anyway, without resorting to pure 'This is the Prada store and this is the Dior Store'.




>>> I genuinely adored this window display. Poppies are just great, aren't they? I just love the contrast of the vibrant red and green colours here with the black window frame and the soft ivory of the beautiful stone walls. *Flails* So chic!



^^^ View over the river. I love the contrasting colours of the red roof tiles with the green of the trees and the different shade of green of the domes. It is so beautiful!







We visited the cathedral of the Prague Castle on the Wednesday and had coffee in the place behind it. The cathedral was impressive, but the most impressive element was its incredibly bright and colourful stained glass windows. Unfortunately, I cannot show you the pictures of those because they came out very blurry.








"The ancient splendor and beauty of Prague, a city beyond compare, left an impression on my imagination that will never fade."  - Richard Wagner






 <<< This is what I wore on the first day (The Saturday) in Prague, and the grey dress above is what I word on the third day. On the other two days I worse just above-the-knee skirts and crop tops. Here, the white shirt is Lacoste, the bag in black leather from Pia, the sunglasses are my brother's and the white skirt is from House of Fraser. Above, the grey dress is vintage Jaeger.


In conclusion, I think Prague is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to - I was absolutely enchanted - and I met some lovely people. I would love to go back (as soon as possible) and I encourage anyone reading this to go if you can!

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30 comments:

Shopping Lady said...

Amazing place *.*!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

you are so lucky! prague is exquisite!!! i can't get over these pictures. the architecture and detail are beyond amazing. i'm loving the cathedrals and that clock. you looked so cute and those high end stores are fab. i love window displays too.
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Jacy said...

Beautiful photos & sites, and your dress is so cute for wearing around a big city!
Thank you for your comment on my outfit post ~ I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest if you get a sec :)

~Jacy

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Boomerang Plus said...

what beautiful pictures.. u look lovely! :)

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Mary Lou said...

wow prague seems so a beautiful city! and i heart your dress;)
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Frances Davila said...

Amazing! Very inspiring! It's crazy how much history is packed in one place! Thanks for your visit and your comment on my blog! I follow!
Kisses <3

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Katie Frank said...

oh my... those pictures are perfect <3 i wish i could go there one day.
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CHRISTINA KEY. said...

Great post! Looks like you had a great time there! :)
I like your glasses! ♥



XX,
Christina

♥ Cassandra (Backtofive) said...

I wish one day I will get to visit all these amazing places!

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Estilo Hedónico said...

Great pics!!!!

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Kristen said...

These pictures are gorgeous! You are so lucky I would love to go to Prague!

Jenny said...

thank u :-)

Clo said...

Wow the pictures are amazing, I'm enchanted, every thing is so beautiful, the street, the square, the cathedral...you are very lucky!
Clo

Carolin said...
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Carolin said...

Thanks, my dog is a Tibet Terrier :-)

Yanikas said...

thank you :) what lovely place and pictures, great! :)

smyrgotka said...

lovely place :)

Sin12012 said...

Great photos ! :D

xo ,
Ana Catalarrana
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Memi said...

Oh this city is magic! very beautiful photos! thanks for your comment in my blog! i'm a new follower!
byeeee
Memi!

'the fashion departement' said...

Thanks, lovely pictures! :)

dimitri said...

J'aime beaucoup Prague, j'y suis allé il y a quelques années. Il y a des endroits vraiment magnifiques.
Très jolie cette série de photos.
L'ensemble blanc sur la dernière photo est très stylé.

Stills said...

Amazing photos! Love Prague! :)

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Lori said...

that looks gorgeous! i so want to visit :)

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Limasim said...

schöne bilder <3

Daniella said...

Your blog is so beautifully put together! I've really enjoyed the read - cheers!

PS - thanks for the lovely comment.

Faygie Fellig said...

hey you ! you could totally learn how to knit! you will love it i guarantee it!

Soph said...

These are crazy awesome pictures. I like your blog. Also, im very jealous you got to go there. Thanks for the comment on mine. :) Lets follow each other?

AbbieJames said...

Those pictures are amazing, it looks like such a lovely place I would love to visit there! Your really lucky :) I recently went to Paris and it looks similar to here! x

Liz Brown said...

Wow, every time I see someone who's been to Prague, I get a little envious. I have wanted to see it since I read a book set in medieval Prague, when I was younger.

I love your dresses! Especially the heart print one.