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[Photo Journal] Walking Around Prague

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Walking Around Prague

For the past several weeks, I have been sharing photographs from one of the most beautiful cities on earth, Prague in Czech Republic. There is just something about the city that calls to me – its eerie enchantments, its ancient histories, its romantic steeples, you could smell the musk of dark beauty in the air: danger mixed in with sorcery, cobblestones clanging with classical music, and delicious pork knuckle everywhere. I have here a few more photographs from this beautiful city I am hoping that I can return to again this year.

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“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.”
― Charles Baudelaire

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“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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“All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful, but the beauty is grim.”
― Christopher Morley

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“Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking: one does not have to go into the bakery or the fortune-teller’s, only to know that one might. A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.”
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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“I liked the idea of living in a city — any city, especially a strange one — liked the thought of traffic and crowds, of working in a bookstore, waiting tables in a coffee shop, who knew what kind of solitary life I might slip into? Meals alone, walking the dogs in the evenings; and nobody knowing who I was.”
― Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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“In his mind, the city, as it awoke from its slumber, seemed to be built on quicksand. The stability was illusory.”
― Liu Cixin, The Three-Body Problem

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“Long-time inhabitant of steeples, accustomed to contemplating, from his perch on a rainspout, the expanse of roofs, he knew that the souls of cities are more substantial and more lasting than those of all their inhabitants put together.”
― Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies

“The cities make ferocious men because they may corrupt man. The mountain, the sea, the forest, make savage men; they development fierce side, but often without destroying the humane side.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“I regained my soul through literature after those times I’d lost it to wild-eyed gypsy girls on the European streets.”
― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

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“In Europe one gets used to doing nothing. You sit on your ass and whine all day. You get contaminated. You rot.”
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Photo Journal] Walking Around Prague

  1. Beautiful pictures as usual. And that was an interesting quote to end on.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous! Did you get a chance to see the Franz Kafka memorial statue?

    Liked by 1 person

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