Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is perfect for Halloween: Spooky! Here are a few pictures I have taken while I was in Prague. My good friend (travel buddy and research collaborator) and I went on a day tour and the lunch which came with the package was in this lovely Medieval Restaurant that provided the perfect spooky vibe which I thought is just about right for this week’s theme.
Spooky in Prague
“The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.
Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree
“Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind
Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,
Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,
Above, beneath, betwixt, between.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.”
― Stephen King, Bag of Bones
“It is good for a man to invite his ghosts into his warm interior, out of the wild night, into the firelight, out of the howling dark.”
― A.S. Byatt, The Biographer’s Tale: A Novel
“Ghosts could walk freely tonight, without fear of the disbelief of men; for this night was haunted, and it would be an insensitive man who did not know it.”
― John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —
Only this, and nothing more.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“Invitation to Dance-
It’s a Dance. And sometimes they turn the lights off in this ballroom.
But we’ll dance anyway, you and I. Even in the Dark. Especially in the Dark.
May I have the pleasure?”
― Stephen King
“Here is a list of terrible things,
The jaws of sharks, a vultures wings
The rabid bite of the dogs of war,
The voice of one who went before,
But most of all the mirror’s gaze,
Which counts us out our numbered days.”
― Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War