Monday, July 28, 2008
Not far from Chez Moi, the other night, late evening, the blue sky got assaulted by storm clouds mingling with the dark of night while the sun shone imperiously through. Low on the horizon , to the right St. Vitus' Cathedral in the grounds of Prague Castle.
Below a butterfly , stuck on the inside of a glass barrier. I let it out and off it flew gleefully
A wander round the neighbourhood takes me to one of the War memorials in Prague. This one , from WW1, when Czechs fought for the Austro-Hungarians. Behind it is Emauze, a churchlike building , its purpose I haven't yet gleaned.
below a close up of some of the figures gracing the base. Considering Wise Woman's thoughts on War Memes found in Aus, NZ and Western Europe this one appears quite 'ordinary'.
One thing about Prague is that it got hit by very few bombs, unlike most other cities in Europe which got devastated. Neither did the Communists touch the main city. Today the city abounds with renovation programmes, that's where the moolah is.
A lot of streets in Prague claim Checker-board status. Here a surgeon takes a walk in the early evening. Note he wears a resurrective green.
Finally a the Beaufort family tomb in the cemetary at Vysehrad [ Vishy-hrad = High castle]. I live directly below this spot, which , according to legend was 'seen' in a dream by Libuse [ Libooshe], a princess. She saw a great city on this spot so the tribe whizzed over here and began Prague, the Mother of Cities.
The alternative story is that she fancied a ploughboy from round these parts and used the dream to persuade the tribe to migrate nearer to her beau.