Came across a lovely couple taking photos on the Charles Bridge in Prague. Could not resist taking some shots, although with the young man’s camera set up, I am sure he got the better ones.
Above the Vltava River is a small cliff side jutting out from the river which is said to be the first settlement of the Czechs. Known as Vysehrad, the hilltop fortress was the seat of power before Prague existed and before the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the IV, built his new royal residence where Prague Castle sits today.
Most tourists miss this area, wich is nice because it is still quite peaceful and not overrun by them. Today the site is dominated by the 17th century ramparts and fortifications, but as you pass the remnants of Medieval gates you come across, Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, the Tábor and Leopold gates, parts of the Romanesque bridge, the Romanesque rotunda of St. Martin, and Vyšehrad Cemetery.
Unlike cemeteries in the United States, the Czech cemeteries, even those that are not filled with the famous or historical are all National Geographic Moments. Beds of flowers will outline a grave or tomb, all are visited quite frequently and tended to by relatives. Some graves have generations of family members beneath the hallowed ground who are cared for by the descendants. It can be quite a peaceful and tranquil experience.
by Leopard Print Photography, Photos by Bruno Galle
Just off Kampa Park, between the John Lennon Wall and the John Lennon Pub, on Hroznova 3 lies the Velkopřevorský Mlýn Restaurant. With a birds eye view of the old canal, the old mills water wheel, and the bridge of love locks, this little restaurant has a garden terrace wich seems quite magical.
If you are looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or for a chance to escape the tourist crowds, then this secret garden is the perfect place. Flowers adorn a terrace of tables topped with pretzels and chairs layered with soft and fury throw overs to help swallow you like a cloud, and suck you into a world that seems quite removed from the rest of the city.
I was there for just a beer and a cigar in order to enjoy this magical place after putting up with crowds of tourists all day, so it was a welcome oasis. After looking at the menu I decided to order a boneless pork chop with a green peppercorn sauce, which did not disappoint. Very well done and the cold Staropramen draft was a perfect accompaniment and helped make this early spring day even more enjoyable.
The terrace has an additional covered terrace wich is right on the canal and has a perfect view of the old mills water wheel. I was impressed by the use of fresh-cut roses used to decorate and accentuate the planted spring flowers as well. The prices are not cheap, but you are not just paying for your order. I am sure the location pays quite high rent, and the atmosphere wich takes you somewhere else with the addition of fresh-cut roses, well….. need I really explain.
If you’re looking for a touch of detail that creates the perfect environment then this is the place. If you’re a bit more price conscience then go to McDonald’s.
by Leopard Print Photography, Photographer Bruno Galle
Nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic, on 71 Široká Street, is one of my favorite cafes. The Egon Schiele Cafe is more than just a coffee shop or a place to grab a beer or glass of prosecco. It is an eclectic hub where the heart of the history and residents of Cesky Krumlov gather to celebrate life or just the days events.
The building it is located in has a long history dating back to 1347 when the people of the small town were granted Brewing Rights. Many building phases occurred over the years to support the brewery located there, most notably in 1607 when the second phase of building was conducted renowned Budweis master mason Dominik Cometa.
It is interesting to note that due to its location to the Vlata River there was no basement, so beer had to be delivered to the pubs upon completion of production.
When in Cesky Krumlov I always make a point to head over to this eclectic Coffee Shop, wich is so much more than that. Live music, cocktails, sandwiches, and local hospitality combine in a room of vaulted ceilings, comfortable couches, wanting to sleep in chairs, and bright colored art adorning the walls. All combine to create more than just a basic hospitable atmosphere.
The cafe is part of the EGON SCHIELE ART CENTRUM in Cesky Krumlov, and has a wonderful courtyard area to where you can enjoy the cafe’s offerings in the warmer months under the purple flowers of the Wisteria trees. I unfortunately have not been there in the summer so I must make a point to get back there this summer.
So if you are travelling to Cesky Krumlov be sure to pop in and enjoy this oasis of eclectic hospitality where you will come to the realization that Starbucks offers nothing in comparison to this place. A must visit on a multiple of levels, I always enjoy the live music, even when it’s a little off, because it is the entire atmosphere and the people inside that truly set the tone for a wonderful visit.
by Leopard Print Photography, Photos by Bruno Galle
There is an ever changing wall on a hidden side street away from the common touristy streets at Velkopřevorské náměstí known as the Lennon Wall. After John Lennon’s death in 1980 young Czechs made a memorial to john at the wall with lyrics and political messages. The secret police continuously painted over the wall as well as jailed anyone playing western music.
The wall however never stayed white washed for long as the peace loving youth continued to use the wall to paint political grievances against the communist government and of course continued to add pictures of John Lennon and and lyrics from his and the Beatles music.
Owned by the Knights Of Malta, who have an embassy near by the wall, even after the fall of communism is constantly changing. A picture you take this month could easily be replaced by another. Czechs and tourists from all over continue to this day to add to the ever changing John Lennon Wall.