Bohemian Rhapsody

Prague is the stuff of storybooks and fairytales. Whimsical spires and unassuming elegance conjure an aesthetic for fantasists and dreamers. Being here is like being in between the states of awake and sleeping, where consciousness is malleable and reality seems blurred around the edges. Time slows down while you stir in your bed, relishing the last few moments of bliss before anything is expected of you.

Where most country’s capitals are fast-paced and frenzied, Prague prefers to saunter. When most big cities smack you in the face with sensory stimulation, Prague caresses the newcomer calmly with a modest, hypnotic beauty. It allows you to digest your new surroundings on your own terms, gradually, in small waves of experience and fragments of perfectly imperfect architecture and colorful history.

On any given weekend, I walk two minutes from my flat, hop on a bus and an hour later I’m a tourist again, wrapped up in this magical city. For me it’s an ideal place to escape and recharge. Straddled by eighteen bridges, the Vltava River cuts through the center of the city and makes Prague inextricably connected to the element of water. To me, the proximity to water means a heightened sensitivity, an acceptance of change, the proclivity to purify and revitalize. And I feel it. You can breathe easier here; Prague isn’t the type of city that judges you. You are free to be whoever and frolic wherever and stay under the covers as long as you want.

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The view of Prague Castle from Karlův most (Charles Bridge).

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Legions Bridge, looking south from the Karluv most.

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Art and tourists on the Karluv most.

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An accordion player in Old Town Square.

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Pražský orloj- The 600-year-old astronomical clock in Prague.

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View from the Karluv most.

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Mánes Bridge, looking north from the Karluv most.

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Pastels and elegant architecture in Old Town Square.

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Pražský orloj.

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Storm clouds abrewin’.

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Casual.

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Yellow color palettes spotted from the Karluv most.

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Graffiti and medieval architecture, with Prague castle in the background.

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Prague.

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The all-knowing astronomical clock in Prague.

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Conducive to hand-holding.

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Side streets off the main square in Prague.

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The lovely architecture of Prague.

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Jirka and Charles, fellow wanderers.

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Stepping back in time.

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Bright colors in Old Town Square and Segway tours, as popular as ever.

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After one storm and before another, Charles and I took a walk farther down the river.

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Charles and the Vltava.

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After one storm and before another, Charles and I took a walk farther down the river.

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Prague.

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Prague.

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Me and Charles, a little too slap happy waiting for the bus back to Liberec.

4 thoughts on “Bohemian Rhapsody

    • Joc says:

      Lindsey, thank you! I’m happy to be able to transport you. Missing you and Pravassa dearly these days. I hope we will finally be able to cross paths IRL sometime soon. Until then, my friend..

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