Kafka’s brides in Prague

The only way to get any free time on a business trip is to get up early. And that’s what I did today, in Prague.

Charles Bridge, Prague

Mind you, this was after a night on the beer, Czech beer at that! So I only got to the bridge at 7.30, too late for the sunrise. But what a place Prague is – very beautiful, very atmospheric, cobbles, lamps and narrow streets. To me, it felt slightly sleepy, in a surreal way. A bit Kafkaesque…

There is definitely something slightly surreal here. A juxtaposition of old and new, the quaint with the incongruous…

Souvenirs and Surrealism

The statues are heavily catholic, strict catholic. No naughty romantic Italian flesh here!

But then the surrealist element crops up again. The fantastical astro clock, baby off the bridge, a bloke asleep on the job etc. All a tinge of weirdness.

And last but not least, my very own moment of complete weirdness. 8 o’clock on a freezing morning, a gang of newly-weds, from the East, posing by the clock. The must have been absolutely shiveringly cold. Why? What were they doing? Why a whole group of them? So far from home? Kafka would have loved it.

4 responses to “Kafka’s brides in Prague

  • Dave by Mike « Thomas Peck Photos

    […] was in Prague recently (a lovely melancholy city – see last post), where there are lots of statues. Mostly of religious subjects. But when you get to Italy the […]

  • patricknicholas

    I first visited Prague in ’77 – a different world then. The city looked as though it were lit by 40 watt bulbs, nobody on the streets after 9.30 PM, no tourists except from the East and the pervasive smell from sulphorous brown coal. I have some slides somewhere, I’ll dig them out one of these days…..
    Before going there I suggest reading anything by B.Hrabal “I served the king of England” is a good start.

    • thomas peck

      Thanks for the tip on Hrabal – I will look him up! And dig out those old slides – I’d love to see the pictures.

      • patricknicholas

        I’m going to have a spring clean shortly and they should come to the surface.

        Another book I highly recommend is Angelo Ripellino’s ‘Magic Prague’. It’s an extremely dense book and will I think only be appreciated by those who’ve been infected by the magic of Prague.

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