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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ostrava - Vitkovice

I visited the 3rd largest city in the Czech Republic, Ostrava, located in the north-eastern area that is close to Polish border. I was there just to take photos of the National cultural landmark, including Hlubina coral mine, coking plant, and blast furnaces. They are located in Vítkovice



Although it was only a night stay there, I visited twice - daytime and at night. When buildings were lit up after the sunset, they looked like Moon base. When I got off tram at Vítkovice vys. pece, I immediately fell in love with the area!!! The view was just breathtaking.



When I was there, there was a opera concert taking place. I am not sure if you can see an audience in the photo below. As I did not have a ticket I could not walk around during the concert... Well, I should not complain because I could take photos by listening to opera songs as BGM. It was free of charge.


Although I haven't explored Czech Republic yet, Vitkovice is by far my favorite place! I promised myself to visit there once again, expecting that there is no more events.

This is Our World Tuesday entry.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Statues On Charles Bridge

Oh Jesus!!!

It's been over 4 months since the last entry. Sorry for that.


Eventually I've had a chance for sightseeing the capital of Czech Republic, Prague! That was my first time to spend a free time in Prague during my 19 months stay in Czech!


As expected, I headed to Charles Bridge.

This is Our World Tuesday End Of June Edition entry.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Národní muzeum


I happened to have around an hour waiting time to catch the train to come back to Olomouc at Prague main station and decided to walk around the station.

The National Museum main building is currently closed due to reconstruction from July 2011 to the end of June 2015...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Carousel


It's a Christmas season.

Kids like to have fun. Parents love to see kids having fun. I was lucky to have a tripod not to miss this opportunity.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Tree Is Coming To Town!

Last weekend has been thickly foggy that turned mundane scenes into utterly mysterious ones. I really had a fun shooting in this opportunity.


Then I happened to encounter Christmas tree setting-up.

Day one - fixing the tree
Obviously the Christmas season is coming and the town is getting ready to entertain Olomouc inhabitants.

Day two - decorating with illuminations
Next day I saw guys decorating over ten-meter-tall tree with Christmas illuminations. Fortunately it was not windy that night.


Note that these images are not hijacked by flares.  It was just a plain foggy nights.



This is Our World Tuesday November 18, 2013 entry.

Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Botanical Garden

I had a chance to visit Botanical Garden in Brno.


Don't ask me names of these flowers as it was written in Czech...


This is entry for Monday Mellow Yellows and Macro Monday 2.

Have a wonderful week.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Czechoslovak Independence Day

October 28th is the anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovak declared independence on 28th of October, 1918, against Austro-Hungarian Empire.

When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, having fireworks is mandatory. I found info regarding the celebration in Olomouc and went downtown with tripod.


I expected to see tons of national flags overwhelming the city but I was wrong... Rather I hardly see any national pride but the soldiers looked so cool.


The ceremony was solemn and took place at Žižkově náměstí.


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Since this was my first time to be there, my positioning for shooting fireworks was so bad...


This is Our World: 28 October entry.


Have a wonderful week.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hradisko Monastery

It's time to post photos taken in Olomouc.

Taken by infrared camera


It was my second visit to the Hradisko Monastery last weekend. The first visit was one week after my arrival in Olomouc (11 months ago). I had an appointment to see a doctor for health check and I was taken to this Monastery... Hradisko Monastery has been served as Military hospital since 1802, according to Wiki. Now it's open to non-soldiers.

While wondering "A Japanese citizen visiting Monastery to see a doctor???", doctor - aged over 80 with complete white hair - appeared and asked questions.

Doctor: How tall are you? 
Me: 173 cm

Doctor: Your weight? 
Me: 53.5 kg
Doctor: Oh, you are Bantamweight.  
He, who appears to belong to WBC Heavyweight class, must be lefty as his slow jab came from his right hand and left upper with a pen...

Doctor: What is your blood type?
Me: O

Doctor: Do you smoke?
Me: Never in my life.
Doctor: Very well.

He opened a book for color blindness test.

Doctor: Can you see the number?
I answered what was seen.

Doctor: OK, you can drive a car in Czech Republic if you have a driver's license. Have a good day, Bye bye.

He did not examine heart rate, blood pressure, no blood and urine tests, no X-ray, nothing but I was proven healthy... It was a bizarre experience, though the building was awesome.



Since my current apartment is located just across the river, I decided to visit there again. With camera not as a patient.

This is Our World Tuesday, 30 September, 2013 entry.