Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lock up your love and throw away the key

Love locks adorn the Love Lock Wall in Malá Strana

 "Love can never grow old. Locks may lose their brown and gold. 
Cheeks may fade and hollow grow. But the hearts that love will know, 
never winter's frost and chill, summer's warmth is in them still."

A symbol of everlasting love...

 Water Sprite Kabourek sits at the Velkopřevorský Mill wheel.  He was created by sculptor Josef Nálepa, who is one of two people who made a portrait of Salvador Dalí

Apparently, Kabourek doesn´t like the love locks...
"Water sprites have various characteristics, e.g. they tend to like alcohol, pretty girls and so on. Kabourek is said to like bottled beer.  'He is good, although he looks gloomy.  He is only bad to bad people', Josef Nálepa describes Kabourek’s character.  'And he says that he will throw to the Vltava all those who put padlocks on the beautiful grids which make it impossible to see the bridge or the water sprite,' added Josef Nálepa.  'It is not a good habit, which originates somewhere in the east.  I think that the city should get rid of this unsightliness, so that we can have the beautiful old Prague'.  And one more thing.  The thing on top of Kabourek’s head is a little flame, which the water sprite uses as a light under water."

Kabourek is right...the locks do block the view of the old mill and most people probably don't even notice him sitting there 

Kabourek, you're going to have to take it up with this restaurant next door to the mill - they're selling locks to people

 More love locks at a different bridge overlooking Čertovka (Devil's Stream)

And even more love locks.  These are attached to a statue on the Charles Bridge.  That's just not right.

Happy name day, Ignác! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Ignác.  Happy name day, Ignác.
The name Ignác is of Latin origin and means "ardent; burning".

Monday, July 30, 2012


Um.  Um...
For those of you who don't know what koně means, it means horses.  Um, is that not a cow?  How did they f**k this up?!

Happy Name Day, Bořivoj! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Bořivoj.  Happy name day, Bořivoj!
The name Bořivoj is a Slavic name that is derived from the Slavic elements bor "battle" and voi "soldier".

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy Name Day, Marta! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Marta.  Happy name day, Marta!
The name Marta is a variant of Martha, which is of Aramaic origin and means "lady; mistress of the house".

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Happy Name Day, Viktor! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Viktor.  Happy name day, Viktor!
The name Viktor is a variant of Victor, which is of Latin origin and means "champion".

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Things I Love About Summer...

Happy Name Day, Kristýna! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor, Kristýna.  Happy name day, Kristýna!
The name Kristýna is widely used in the Czech language.  It's a variant of Christina, which is of Latin origin and means "Christian woman".

Monday, July 23, 2012

Things I Love About Summer...

Forest fruit ice-cream... Mmmm

Happy Name Day, Libor! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Libor. Happy name day, Libor!
The name Libor is primarily used in the Czech language and is of Latin origin.  The name means "free".

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Name Day, Ilja! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Ilja.  Happy name day, Ilja!
The name Ilja is of Hebrew origin and means "my God is Yahweh".

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Name Day, Čeněk! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Čeněk.  Happy name day, Čeněk!
The name Čeněk is the pet form of Czech Vincenc, meaning "conquering".

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy Name Day, Drahomíra! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Drahomíra.  Happy name day, Drahomíra!  
The name Drahomíra is of Slavonic origin and is primarily used in Czech.  Drahomíra means "beloved peace".

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Stroll Through Praha...Part II

 Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square)

Old Town Hall Tower

Pražský Orloj - The Prague Astronomical Clock

Church of Our Lady before Týn towers over Old Town Square

Looking up at Church of Our Lady before Týn