Armed with photos aplenty of beautiful Prague at Christmas from our recent Viking trip, we’re adding a few to this post on Tina’s theme this week: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #178 – You Choose.
But we must say this: it wasn’t the trip we had anticipated. Billed as “Christmas Along the Elbe,” our Viking river cruise promised markets in some of Europe’s prettiest cities and towns — but many had closed unexpectedly due to rising numbers of people infected with Covid. All was not lost, however, and how could it be? Beautiful cities like Prague rely on Old World charm to give us that warm, wonderful, magical feeling of Christmas — even without the much-anticipated markets.
We’re sure that Viking never saw it coming: a December river cruise from Prague to Berlin promised shopping for handmade and unique specialties unique to the area, but with renewed Covid outbreaks throughout the Czech Republic the beloved shopping markets in Prague’s Old Town Square were closed for the season.
Christmas gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.David Cameron
With that information, we focused our attention on other attractions — and there were many — as we strolled along cobblestone streets staring at some of the prettiest architecture in Europe. Seeing Prague’s Old World attractions made bundling up tolerable (well, almost).
And, oh, the sites we saw.
Tourists — and lovers — lined up for pictures at the Astronomical Clock.
Interesting cathedrals needed no additional holiday trim to impress anyone.
And artwork popped up even when we didn’t expect it.
On the Charles Bridge, artists captured familiar scenes with cold hands and stiff fingers . . .
and visitors (maybe residents, too) rubbed already-worn places on statues, hoping for a blessing from somewhere or someone.
As dusk descended, the lamplighter did his thing, one light at a time, and we joined a merry band of followers from one street lamp to another.
As night engulfed us, we noted lighted towers, bells, and spires of venerable buildings in Old Town Square — a beauty to behold even without the Christmas markets we came to see.
The lesson learned? When in Prague, there’s no lack of beautiful things to buy or old world architecture to take in. It’s enough just to be there — at Christmas or any time.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.Lao Tzu
So now you know. Covid can curtail activities, but rarely does it diminish the beauty found in grand old cities like Prague. You just have to get out and look up!
Travel on — even in tough times,
Rusha and Bert