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


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.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trip to Brno Part Three - St. James Church

We then headed to St. James Churchwhere the second biggest European ossuary was rediscovered in 2001. Number of people buried underneath the Church was estimated to be over 50,000! We did not explore this as we were already fed up with corpses in the first place...

Please visit this for more information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Trip to Brno Part Two - SPOOKY!

This is a part two entry of our trip to Brno, Czech Republic.

For those who are very sensitive and naive to explicit photos of corpse - mummy, this is the link for you.

For those who have a habit of browsing over eating, keep off from this entry. Instead, here is the link for you.

Our first destination was Capuchin Crypt in Brno and this was the biggest highlight in this trip (at least to me). More information in terms of this spooky place can be found here.

I was bit reluctant to post photos I've taken there in this photoblog, however, I had to do so solely due to an enthusiastic request from Cintia - a visiting student from Argentina...

So here we go.

It costs 60 CZK (adult) and additional 30 for taking photos there.

From young to old when they were mummified, 24 mummified bodies of Capuchin monks are laid out in rows on the ground.

with a pile of bones...

Some are kept in coffins with glass lid. So I had to attach circular polarizing filter to the lens in order to reduce reflection and it really worked out fine.

This entry is dedicated to Cintia! I hope that she can enjoy photos posted here.

To be continued