Statues That Have Been Blessed By The Pigeons Of Prague

I recently took a quick weekend visit to Prague. It was my first time and a beautiful day, so I did the crowded tourist stroll across the Charles Bridge. This bridge has 30 statues flanking the sides, and I observed something: several have been blessed, by what I will assume to be pigeons. Enough to pull together this curated gallery of fine, fine photography.

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Weekend in Gay Pareeee

Last month I took my 5th trip to Paris. I mainly came to visit cousins who live there, but will take any excuse to come back! This was a quick little weekend that contained spring rain and shine.

Stuck in traffic while taking the airport shuttle in from CDG, and grabbed some photos through the bus window.Paris-March2018-1.jpgParis-March2018-33.jpgA Saturday visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, only to find it between exhibits. We wandered through the park Bois de Boulogne next door, where I had fun taking way too many photos of the peacocks.Paris-March2018-5.jpgParis-March2018-9.jpg

I then did some wandering about Montmartre and Pigalle, as I hadn’t been there since my first couple of trips.

My wanderings went further into the center towards the tourists, I just did a lot of walking around all afternoon.

Sunday began with attending the flea market at Saint-Ouen.Paris-March2018-53.jpg

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I did some more wandering, this time through Le Marais.

My home base Metro was at Opera, as where I was staying required a bus from here to just outside the center. A good weekend overall!

 

Potsdam

I’ve been in Germany for two months and recently ventured on my first day trip outside the city! A friend happened to be in town for the weekend so I joined in on some of the tourist fun. It’s only about 45 minutes by train from Berlin. The weather was not ideal, but it was interesting to see these Prussian palaces in hibernation mode for the winter.

Walking through the City Center (click for larger):

Park Sanssouci, where I imagine it to be some sort of magical wonderland full of unicorns during the spring and summer:

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Scenes from Split

I stayed in Split for two weeks, in which I got to spend some time relaxing and really take my time with just hanging out in Croatia (and also getting some things done). It was a nice seaside city and I stayed just outside the city center, which was also the old town. The city center in Split was really cool in that it’s essentially made up of an old Roman site – Diocletian’s Palace. It’s also just across the sea from Italy and I definitely indulged in the Italian food influences. Here are some photos!

Zagreb – Croatia’s Capital

I’ve now been in Europe a little over a week! My first few days were a little exhausting and delirious, but definitely manageable. Normally it only takes me a couple of days to adjust, as I will typically take a red-eye and then not sleep all day. The stress of moving out, reducing my possessions into 2.5 suitcases, and lugging them overseas has definitely factored into the adjustment period.  I was so out of it, that on my way to my flight for Croatia, I took the airport shuttle the wrong direction. I am generally pretty en pointe with public transport in cities.

Oh, and I sustained a minor wrist sprain while grabbing my (slightly overstuffed and overweight) carryon luggage from the bin. I’ve been operating semi one-handed as I move about Croatia and making sure I place minimal strain or pressure on my left wrist. Did I mention I am left-handed? Things have been interesting.

That said, I took it easy during my 5 days in Zagreb. I booked a private room (with ensuite bathroom) in a trendy hostel and slept in most days. It’s such a compact city and easy to figure out, I walked everywhere. Here are the photos!

Upper Town

Since my hostel was right by Upper Town (old town), I wandered around there first. As always, click thumbnails for larger versions.

Art Park & Gric Tunnel

Right below Upper Town is the Art Park and the Grič Tunnel. apparently a lot goes on during the summer, but I was still glad to be present for low season and avoiding crowds.

I also noticed that they are getting ready for Advent in December! I can’t wait to be back for that.

Mirogoj Cemetary

What Père Lachaise is to Paris, Mirogoj is to Zagreb. Zagreb is so small, that even though it was outside the city center, all it took was a 15 minute tram ride at about 65 cents for the ride.

Everything Else

These are from general wandering around.