Discovering European Capitals of Culture

Museum of Alchemy in Prague, a European Capital of Culture in 2000 Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s [...]

The Museum of Alchemy: Prelude to Prague

The original ovens and vials remain in the alchemy laboratories. Prague is just the right size for wandering around and stumbling upon great finds. Our discovery of the Museum of Alchemy was a [...]

By |2014-03-30T11:01:27-05:00March 30, 2014|Categories: Czech Republic, Europe, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |9 Comments

Bone Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

It takes a lot of dead monks to make a chandelier like that. Don't think the Kutna Hora Bone Church is unique. For some reason there are several chapels like this in the [...]

By |2018-02-17T17:50:42-05:00January 5, 2014|Categories: Czech Republic, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |5 Comments

2013 in 50 Photographs

Kris and I visited 13 foreign countries this year. In order: Spain, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, back to Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. Our travels within the US [...]

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic

One of the sobering realities of touring Eastern Europe is visiting the old Jewish quarters of the cities to see remnants of what destruction the Nazis wrought. This synagogue, though, was the unlikely benefactor of [...]

By |2013-12-19T10:57:02-05:00December 19, 2013|Categories: Czech Republic, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |6 Comments

Christmas Market, Prague, Czech Republic

We're just back from a visit to the four Eastern European capitals of Christmas Markets: Vienna and Berlin were nice. Budapest was just getting started. But the best of them, in terms of food, crafts [...]

By |2013-12-19T22:43:17-05:00December 17, 2013|Categories: Czech Republic, Europe, Photo of the Day|Tags: , |3 Comments

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic

The Old Jewish Cemetery in the Jewish Quarter of Prague has been in use since at least the 15th Century. (There is some dispute as to when it was founded.) On the small site there [...]

By |2013-12-03T05:42:17-05:00December 3, 2013|Categories: Czech Republic, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |7 Comments

Window, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

The Cathedral of St. Vitus in Prague was finished over a period of about 700 years. It was only completed in the early 20th Century, which implies there is, shall we say, a certain inconsistency [...]

By |2016-02-08T19:19:25-05:00November 26, 2013|Categories: Czech Republic, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |1 Comment