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Solitary Wanderlust – Magical Prague

On today’s agenda, I wanted to explore Charles Bridge and as much as I could cram into the day, the other side of the river.

A short tram ride from my apartment dropped me off just near the Charles Bridge vicinity. It was a stunning day outside and the crowds were plentiful. Prague is such a tourist town. More so than I have seen in both Berlin and Athens so far. And that’s saying something.

It proved to be ultra difficult dodging the plethora of selfie-sticks but with a little bit of patience and biting my tongue, I waited for those fuckn things to be out of the way so I too could get a shot. Hey, we’re all tourists today.

I am finding the city of Prague to be a little spellbinding. In my journey as a rookie traveller, I find it very hard to believe there could possibly be a more beautiful city on this planet. Look, I am sure there is and I hope to find them down the track… but for right now, this city is something straight out of the pages of a fairy tale.

The incredible architecture just goes on and on and on. It is as if it never ends. As a photographer with a love of classic architecture, I found it a little tiring and overwhelming today photographing yet another piece of history and classic design! It is everywhere you look! Up, down, left, right! It is all magic! Just magic!

The Charles Bridge is an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

So to be standing on something constructed in 1357, already was blowing my mind!

Getting the opportunity to climb the very, very steep bridge tower on the Lesser Quarter and then seeing the view before me… surely there was no better view of Prague than this!

When you are viewing scenes such as this you can literally feel your very soul breath life. It is a feeling of ecstasy and privilege and I have encountered it several times over the past several weeks.


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