Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gare do Oriente

Instead of coming back to Japan I decided to head to Portugal for Christmas vacation this year. The view of the Oriente station , one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon, is just stunning and loved it!

Oriente Station is one of the world's largest stations which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in NYC, according to Wiki, however when I took photo around 10 PM, it was almost empty...

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

St. John of Nepomuk

The Prague Castle (or Wiki site) is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records... This is also the official residence and office of the president of the Czech Republic. It took almost one day to explore the Castle. As I have zero knowledge about Christianity architectures (Gothic style? Renaissance style??), please visit links above...

This is the tomb of John of Nepomuk in St. Vitus Cathedral. You have to pay to see it... It's Prague, you know.

It caught my eyes as I like shiny metallic color.

You can also meet him in Charles Bridge. He is a national saint of the Czech Republic and is often portrayed with a halo of five stars, the palm of martyrs. He also carries s cross (crucified Jesus). This statue is the oldest on the bridge.

In 1393, he was thrown into the Vitava river at the site where his statue is currently standing.

Iron Forged Grid with St. John Nepomuk varving

The great majority of tourists come to touch him, anticipating to bring good fortune and to ensure to return to Prague soon.


Of course, I did not touch him.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Street Performance in Prague Part Two

This is part two entry of street performance in Prague... at night!
As you can see, it was a very slow shutter but he did not move. He was professional.

Happy Halloween!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Powder Tower At Night

I find it more interesting to ramble Prague downtown at night. It's still safe, lots of drunk tourists are there and light-ups are everywhere.

The 65 m tall Powder Tower is one of my favorite buildings in Prague.

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.

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