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Perusing Prague – The Charles Bridge


A few weeks ago I was sent to work in the random little Czech town of Kadan.  While it wasn’t a horribly exciting place, it was only a 90-minute drive from an incredibly horribly exciting place: Prague.

I spent about 8 hours there last summer-ish; just a little day trip from some other random town where I was working, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Incredibly beautiful city.  So, I did what I could, tweaked the travel arrangements and bent my schedule and worked it out so I could spend two nights screwing around and checking out the city before I had to start the job.

I made the 7 hour drive from Bergheim, Germany, my home away from home, and arrived in Prague late in the evening of whatever day it was. I grabbed the camera, a 4-pack of Pilsner Urquell, strapped on my backpack and set out.

The first stop, and well the only stop, of the evening was the Charles Bridge.  A stupid pretty  14th century stone bridge that spans the Vltava River in the heart of the city.  Have a look, and, if you feel so inclined, click on any of the images to get to a little carousel gallery thing.

That was all for my first little adventure.  Come back over the next few days and we’ll wander around the city and check out the similarly impressive Prague Castle.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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Fields of Rape…seed


As I’ve been doing my whole homeless, nomadic, small-town-in-the-boonies thing in northern Europe over the past couple years, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time driving through the agrarian countrysides of England and Germany.  And every spring and summer, entire fields of these yellow flowers start popping up.  Like, everywhere.  So I poked around on the internet, and turns out these yellow flowers are called rapeseed.  Yes.  Rapeseed.

Honestly.  I can prove it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapeseed

Apparently it’s used to make what we generally call canola oil, and it’s quite the cash crop in the area.  During a recent stint in the U.K., my Best Western du jour was just down the road from a rapeseed field.  And, in an astonishing development for the midlands of England, the sun actually came out.  So, I took a walk around, and here’s what I found.  Have a look.  Ugly name, pretty stuff.

And just in case you were wondering, you are here:

Rape map

Anywho…

So England does have that going for it.  Kinda pretty little area.

And now that you’ve seen the softer side of northern England, we’ll venture onwards to Prague.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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Cologne and the Kolner Dom – An Evening Stroll


Yes, yes, it took a while.  In my defense, blogging and globetrotting at the same time isn’t horribly easy.  That said, here are the aforementioned pictures from my evening spent strolling around Cologne.  Now, this city isn’t all that high up on your average person’s list of shit to see in Europe.  Well, at least not on the same tier as Paris or Prague or Amsterdam and the like.  But frankly, it ought to be.  And if this post doesn’t convince you, well, then, nothing will.  Have a look.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Crossing the Rhine

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Pretty little sunset.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

And trust me, sunsets in Germany are hard to come by. Ze Germans see the sun like once a month….

Cologne And Kolner Dom

And now things get stupid pretty.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

In the evenings the whole Dom and pretty much everything around it are lit up. It’s an amazing sight.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Kolner Dom is ridiculous. See it before you die.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

The bridge with all the locks on it that we saw in my last post.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Messing around. Long exposure with a train going by. Kinda like it.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

I’ll leave you with this.  I like the crowd walking by…

That’s all for this stint in Cologne, but it’s a safe bet that you’ll see more of it before my stay in Germany reaches its conclusion.  Come back soon for some pictures of Bruges, Belgium.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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