April 19, 2015


When returning home from Křivoklát, we stopped for a while by a group of buildings we noticed along the way and which arose our curiosity. 

We found out that the complex represents a regional museum and gallery Mariánská Týnice which has been placed in the premises of a former Cistercian pilgrimage destination. When I read that the museum was opened in 1952, I wasn't much surprised as the fifties, having been under the communist rule, were quite unfavourable to religious orders and religion generally. On the other hand, the buildings were preserved in this way and that's valuable.

It is noteworthy that the church and the provost office were built according to plans of Jan Santini, a Bohemian architect of Italian descent, whose major works represent the unique Baroque Gothic style. 

We didn't enter any of the buildings as we were already tired and eager to go home, we just contented ourselves with the exteriors and with getting some idea about the place. 

There is a nice door inside the old walls above...

and a nice paving covers the yard.

In the back I discovered a door which was old and blotchy but beautifully decorated...

And two more with interesting design. You can imagine I could stay there much longer and be looking for interesting details...


I'm so glad we made that detour and I think it would be a great idea to return there during another season, let's say in summer when the trees would be covered with leaves and the yard would be decorated with flowers… or in winter when the premises are covered with snow…

April 09, 2015

Easter outing

Though Easter cold and rainy weather forecast did not seem favourable for outings, we wanted to make one and decided to visit an Easter market at the castle Křivoklát. Frankly, I don't like crowded places like such a market much but I had never been to Křivoklát, which is one of the oldest (more than 900 years since the first written reference) and most important castles of Bohemian kings, and this seemed to be a good opportunity to change that.

When we arrived at Křivoklát, there were even more cars and people than I expected as we made an effort to get there soon enough but eventually it didn't matter at all as we enjoyed our time spent there thoroughly. 

You had to pay a fee to get to the market which took place in the castle's court. There was a band playing medieval music (in modern arrangement with guitars) all the time we spent there. The music added to the atmosphere wonderfully and I liked that performance enormously. I could have just stayed there and listened to it as long as they were playing and singing…

As you can see in the following capture, there were quite a few stalls in the court.

Some of them were offering meals or drinks, others handmade jewellery and paintings, ceramic pottery and linen bags, beeswax candles and lavender products, wooden swords and painted shields…

Some of those selling the products were dressed in medieval costumes which was fun. We ate this and that and each member of my family chose something to buy and bring home... We were all pleased to have visited the place. Even now when I'm writing this three days later, you could see me smiling. Next time I'd like to join in a guided tour of the castle and walk around a bit more, that would have been too much this time. I'm already looking forward to that occasion.

February 09, 2015

Feel of winter

One day when fresh snow arrived I decided to take a stroll around our village with my camera though I didn't expect capturing much. Seemingly, there isn't much to capture in the village after having lived there for a few years. Yet I was proven wrong once again because I "found" a few captures I really liked. For example this gate leading... where exactly? Into your childhood? That's a Mirabelle bush where local children like to hide and play.

A part of the village is a bit remote and the road leading to that part represents a path where the locals - including my family - go for a stroll from time to time when the weather is nice. One doesn't meet many cars on the road which makes the strolling pleasant.

You may imagine that I've taken quite a few photos of the road but they are never the same. 

You look at the same road but see different seasons, feel different emotions, gather different thoughts.

In the photo below, there is the building of the municipal office in the village and I've never liked it more than in this capture. It looks so soft which somewhat contradicts the fact that representatives of the village meet in its offices to decide on budget and further development, some of the locals meet in its pub to discuss news and chat with one another, and a fire machine is kept in its garage...

I have to confess that all the effort I've made and all the information I've gathered recently in the field of photography influence significantly the way I see and understand the world around me. I may never become as good a photographer as I would like to be but the goals I set took me somewhere. 

Today I came across a thought H. D. Thoreau expressed: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." I had to think about what my goals had been and what I've become by achieving them. It's all part of the personal path which winds through our lives and I agree that by setting our goals we shape ourselves. Yet evidently more than we would have expected when setting them.