Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art

“The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become.” -Alphonse Mucha One of my favorite of Mucha’s works is located in the PragueContinue reading “Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art”

Reflections: Prague Castle at Night

 “History teaches everything including the future.” -Lamartine Prague Castle at night Last week, I celebrated my 4th blogiversary and yesterday I posted about the photograph I took of the Prague Castle at night reflected in the Vltava River. Technology works and doesn’t work sometimes, and the email feature connected to my blog has been aContinue reading “Reflections: Prague Castle at Night”

Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

 “History teaches everything including the future.” -Lamartine When I stand in Prague along the Vltava River and see this view, I can hardly imagine the hundreds of years of stories and history tucked into the walls and crevices of the buildings: Prague Castle (the long, horizontal building that stretches across much of this photograph) wasContinue reading “Reflections of Prague Castle at Night”

3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” – Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist Prague is the most beautiful city on earth, and I think Franz Kafka agreed with me. Even after living in Prague as an expat for three years, I still have not tired of Prague’sContinue reading “3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See”

5 Quick Steps to Managing Your Digital Photos

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind   Today, I had the immense privilege of venturing into Prague with a dear photo-loving friend, despite the bitter cold temps, to takeContinue reading “5 Quick Steps to Managing Your Digital Photos”

Amazing Restitution after Complete Loss: Regaining Six Centuries of Lobkowicz Family Collections

“Attracting the attention of invading armies … objects in precious metals were the first to disappear from a household …” -The Lobkowicz Collections, on the value of their family’s vast decorative arts collections   As I look to wrap up my thoughts for 2011, after traveling more than 12 countries and dipping my toes inContinue reading “Amazing Restitution after Complete Loss: Regaining Six Centuries of Lobkowicz Family Collections”

Prague and the Longest Day of the Year

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  -Bern Williams In Prague, there is one sure way know that it is the longest day of the year: it is officially dark  from 11:30pm to 2:30am. Yes, we are at the shortest night of the year, and I can hardly imagineContinue reading “Prague and the Longest Day of the Year”

Breathtaking Fields of Gold

“Well, I’ve moved to the country for the first time in my life, and there are barley fields right next door. And I remember walking through one day and seeing this crop being moved by the wind and the sunshine, and … I thought it was a great metaphor for love, and, its a kindContinue reading “Breathtaking Fields of Gold”

Bruges, Belgium and the Night at the Palace

Bruges, Belgium: Flemish name: Brugge a city in NW Belgium, capital of West Flanders province: centre of the medieval European wool and cloth trade. Connected to its seaport, Zeebrugges, by canal. “the Venice of the North”     Last weekend, my husband and I had the most amazing experience as part of our time inContinue reading “Bruges, Belgium and the Night at the Palace”

The Artistic Mystique in Prague’s Vltava Bridges

“Life is an art, and you are the artist.” -unknown Last week, I took this photo from Prague’s Mala Strana (Lesser Side), standing beside the Prague Castle complex near the ancient Golden Lane. Artists and writers (Franz Kafka) and dreamers are known to have lived and worked near this outlook. It is no wonder …Continue reading “The Artistic Mystique in Prague’s Vltava Bridges”