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Some News I’m Pretty Proud Of…

Prague's Charles Bridge

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams

 

Writing has always been my first creative love, but photography comes in a very close second. Often, here at my blog and site, I write about photography (link to a list of photography posts). And now, I’m delighted to announce:

Some News I’m Pretty Proud Of…

Photography

Recently, I’ve had many inquiries into my photography, and I’m so happy to announce my work will be and currently is on display in many public and private venues.

  • A publisher bought pieces as part of an educational series (non-disclosed).
  • A museum in Milwaukee, a wall mural for an upcoming collection
  • As a cover of a book on Prague, title forthcoming, by esteemed publisher, Dreyers-Forlag in Norway
  • Several private collectors
Prague's Charles Bridge
Prague’s Charles Bridge in fog

In case you’re interested in Buying My Photography in Prints, Cards, Canvases, etc.

Here is a link to RedBubble and my photography there, available in many formats like photo canvases, framed prints, greeting cards, and more. The quality is excellent, and the images turn out beautifully. They also guarantee you’ll be 100% happy with the product.

If you like an image that you don’t see listed at RedBubble.com, send me a note and I’ll add it there for you.

 

Jennifer Lyn King Red Bubble Portfolio

 

Writing

My first creative love is for writing fiction. I attended the excellent Muse & the Marketplace writers conference in Boston in May. The classes I took and agents and writers I met there inspired me, and from feedback on my novel as a result, I’ve worked hard every morning this summer on revising my novel. I still have a ways to go until I’m ready for it to go out on submission to literary agents and then publishers, but I am so happy with the way it is becoming.

I’ve also realized: all of my very favorite books have taken many years to be written. Excellent writing takes time. That is what I am shooting for.

I’ve been working on developing the writing and characters, and I’ve changed the title to reflect the honing: Light from Distant Shores. For all of my dear friends and family, thank you for all of your support. It is a long journey. Your belief means the world to me.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Reading

Most of you know how much I love to read, and I’ve kept up the reading throughout the summer. And since GREAT books are hard to find, my friends and I write weekly book recommendations each Wednesday at GreatNewBooks.org. Our team is made up of reading / writing friends and we’ve recently grown to be a team of 9.

GreatNewBooks.org
GreatNewBooks.org

We’re going on 2 years of recommending books we authentically love, and we host giveaways of new books out on shelves, at least once each quarter. So if you’re looking for a good book, visit our site and sign up for the 1x weekly email recommendations. We love to share great new books.

 

Thank you!

Thank you for staying in touch and for your support and kindness. I count myself blessed for all of you.

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

Winter Sunrise over Lake Como

“… But unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” ― Frederick Buechner

 

Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

I love Europe in the winter.

There is something magical about European winters. Something about ice skaters filling a small town’s central pond, enchanting architecture sparkling beneath a pixie dust snow, the mountains and the grandeur of the Alps, the Christmas Markets and the rhythm of the people as they go about their lives, and the sheer beauty of it all.

Over the four years my family and I lived in Europe, we traveled throughout much of central Europe in the winter. This winter amidst the huge amounts of snow falling on our new home in the American Midwest, I’ve been sorting through some of my favorite photos of our time in Europe.

Thanks for scrolling through and discovering some of the favorite places I traveled in the winters in Europe, including Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Poland, and Germany. All of the following are places I’m grateful to have captured through the lens of my camera. Undoubtedly, they will stay in my heart and mind forever.

Austria at Christmastime
Tirol region, Austria at Christmastime
My favorite castle on the Austria / Italy border in the Alps
My favorite castle on the Austria / Italy border in the Alps

 

A Typical Countryside Scene along the North-central Austria / Czech border
A Typical Countryside Scene along the North-central Austria / Czech border

 

Majestic, Stunning Austrian Alps
Majestic, Stunning Austrian Alps

 

Silent Black Forest Laden with Snow along the German / Austrian / Czech Borders
Silent Black Forest Laden with Snow along the German / Austrian / Czech Borders

 

Rural Poland
Rural Poland

 

Poland
Poland

 

Statuesque Church, near Linz, Austria
Statuesque Church, near Linz, Austria

 

Sumava Region, Czech Republic
Sumava Region, Czech Republic

 

Powdered Sugar - Snow Wonderland, Austria
Powdered Sugar – Snow Wonderland, Austria

 

Chiavenna, Italy
Chiavenna, Italy — at the top of Italy, nestled into Switzerland

 

Engadin / St. Moritz region, Switzerland
Engadin / St. Moritz region, Switzerland : the silhouette of a church

 

Prata Comportaccio, Italy : the Black Church, 14th century
Prata Comportaccio, Italy : the Black Church, 14th century

 

A Lone Chalet in the Distance in a Snowstorm in the Alps, Alto Adige, Italy
Snowstorm in the Alps, Alto Adige, Italy

 

St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz, Switzerland

 

Prague, the view from the Charles Bridge toward Mala Strana
Prague, the view from the Charles Bridge toward Mala Strana

 

Prague's Old Town, Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and Christmas markets
Prague’s Old Town, Astronomical Clock, and Christmas Markets

 

Winter Sunrise over Lake Como
Winter Sunrise over Lake Como, Italy

If you’ve traveled in Europe in the winter, please share your favorite places here in the comments as well. Thank you and happy travels!

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Epidaurus, the Theater from Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

the Surroundings at Epidaurus, Greece

“The Theater at Epidaurus is considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture and dates from the 4th century. The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times.” – Epidaurus, Greece brochure

Epidaurus, Greece, UNESCO plaque
Epidaurus, Greece, UNESCO plaque

From all of my travels in Europe over the past years, ancient Greece stands out as one of the most impressive. My family and I loved getting to see the Acropolis in Athens, with its stones still spilled across the high ground overlooking the city. But it was on a tour, taken on a whim, outside Athens into the Peloponnesian peninsula that we all fell in love with Ancient Greece. We honestly had no idea much of it still existed and could be toured, so when my 7th grade son’s class began studying Ancient Greece, and I realized I’d never sorted through the photographs I’d taken, I knew it was time to post them.

Epidaurus, the Theater from Ancient Greece

The theater at Epidaurus in the Peloponnesian Peninsula in Greece dates back to the 4th Century BC, and is built of 55 semi-circular tiers of limestone, making it one of the most impressive works of architecture from ancient Greece. The remains in the museum and the Theater are over 2,400 years old. 2,400 years!

Most of the other temples and buildings from ancient times at the site are in ruins, from earthquakes, wars, and time, but the museum holds many treasures found from the site.

 

Lion, Epidaurus, Greece
Lion, Epidaurus, Greece

Ancient findings from the excavations at Epidaurus, related to Asclepius and the temples of Aphrodite and Artemis, are found in the museum.

Ancient Greek art, Epidaurus, Greec
Ancient Greek art, Epidaurus, Greece

 

Greek tablet and engravings, Epidaurus, Greece
Greek tablet and engravings, Epidaurus, Greece

 

Ancient Greek busts, Epidaurus, Greece
Ancient Greek busts, Epidaurus, Greece

 

Ancient Greek sculpture, Epidaurus, Gre
Ancient Greek sculpture, Epidaurus, Greece

 

the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece
the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece

 

The theater is the architectural masterpiece of Polycletes the Younger of Argos, which was constructed around the 4th Century BC to seat up to 15,000 people, and due to the perfection of its proportions and acoustics, the speech or movements performed in the center of the circular stage can be heard, unamplified, by the spectators in the top row.

We were able to stand in the center of the ringed stage and make a sound, like flutter a piece of paper. Others in our group would wait at the top of the 55th tier and amazingly, they heard the paper rustle.

the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece
the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece

 

the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece
the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece

My sons enjoyed speaking, singing, and shuffling around the center of the stage. All of their movements could be heard easily at the top of the amplitheater. As you can see from the photos, the theater is massive. For those of us who’ve tried to speak and be heard in a normal setting, it was amazing to hear and experience the effects the Greek perfect symmetry and carefully placed limestone rows had on simple sounds.

the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece
the Theater at Epidaurus, Greece

Earthquakes covered the theater in the years 522 and 551 AD, and subsequently the site at Epidaurus was abandoned. Only in 1881 AD did excavation begin, and by the 1920s, the theater began being used for performances once again.

the Surroundings at Epidaurus, Greece
the Surroundings

In Greek theater, the natural surroundings were also an important part of the theater and performances. In ancient times, before the destructive earthquakes and invasions by Gothic armies, the temples, park, and theater made up the surrounding area.

the Surroundings at Epidaurus, Greece
the Surroundings
the Surroundings at Epidaurus, Greece
the Surroundings

Epidaurus was beautiful in November, when my family and I visited. If you plan to visit, the fall was a perfect time to go.

Olive trees, the Surroundings at Epidaurus, Greece
Olive trees, the Surroundings

 

Sheep, the Surroundings at Epidaurus, Greec
Sheep, the Surroundings

Out of all the places we traveled and saw within Greece and Athens, Epidaurus and Mycenae were my favorites, for their profound age, ancient history, and tranquil setting.  I highly recommend taking a break from the bustle and noise of Athens and taking a tour of the ancient sites of the Peloponnesian peninsula in Greece.

Next week, and the week after, I’ll be posting photojournals of Mycenae and the Corinthian canal.

 

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10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

Amalfi, Italy

“From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869

 

The View toward Positano, Italy, that begged to be painted
The View toward Positano, Italy, that begged to be painted

The Great Love Affair with Italy

Out of the twenty-six countries I traveled in Europe, one country in particular captured my heart: Italy. My love might have something to do with the music in the language, the depth of the history, the variety of the wines, and the authenticity of the people, but I know for sure that I love Italy because of the places I visited.

Upon first glance, each of the 10 places I have listed below are gorgeous. But it’s different after you stay at that place and let the setting grow into your senses — that is when I fully knew I loved Italy. Each of these places are ones, that if you have the opportunity to visit and travel Italy, you must see. And if you can, stay a while…

10 Places to Visit in Italy

1. Rome

Everyone knows Rome for its history, but the city itself is like no other in the world for its combination of old and new, wrought together in stunning beauty. Personal favorites include Castel Sant’Angelo, the Pantheon, and the Vatican, but the espresso shops anywhere are must-dos in order to watch and really see it all blend together. For more on Rome through my lens, click here.

Rome, the view from Castel Sant'Angelo, the Colosseum just to the left of the white Piazza Venezia
Rome, the view from Castel Sant’Angelo, the Colosseum just to the left of the white Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano

 

2. Venice

When I stepped out from Santa Lucia station for the first time, I was not prepared for Venice. The city, the buildings, the architecture, and the water as it reflects and connects and binds–I’d never imagined any place like it. For even though I’d heard of Venice and seen movies and photographs, I hadn’t felt it for myself. The experience is one you’ll never forget. Fore more on Venice through my lens, click here.

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

3. Maremma

My family and I spent weeks in the Maremma, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, playing and walking along its edge, and looking back toward the mountains and hill-towns of Tuscany. October is the perfect month here, when the women beat the olive trees with long sticks and gather the olives on white sheets. The wine and cheese and olives, and sand and sun and sea, are the perfect combination — so much that I think it is heaven. For more on the Maremma, click here.

Tuscany, Italy, and the Maremma
Tuscany, Italy, and the Maremma

 

4. Amalfi Coast

Photographs do not do a favor for the Amalfi Coast, which juts out below Naples (Napoli) south of Rome. I fell in love with the lemon trees, the steep cliffs and houses which cling to them, the artfully tiled churches, and the blue, blue, blue sea. For more, click here.

 

Amalfi, Italy
Amalfi, Italy

5. Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre means the Five Lands, and dates far back into antiquity. It is in the northern Italian Riviera, and the charm and views are stunning. For more, click here.

 

Sunrise over the Mediterranean, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy
Sunrise over the Mediterranean, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

6. Tuscany

Florence, Siena, Montapulciano, Montalcino, and more, Tuscany sits in the middle of the calf of Italy’s boot. Come looking for art, Renaissance, wine, cheese, and inspiration. Tuscany is a must, especially in the autumn during the harvests. For more, click here.

 

the view from Siena's walls, Tuscany, Italy
the view from Siena’s walls, Tuscany, Italy

7. Veneto

If you’re looking for authenticity and the chance to taste great wines, the Veneto is for you. The region extends north and west from Venice, to the Alps and Lake Garda. I recommend staying at a bed and breakfast situated on a working vineyard. For more, click here.

 

Wine Production building, Brandolini Rota estate, Veneto, Italy
Wine Production building, Brandolini Rota estate, Veneto, Italy

8. Dolomites

In the winter, the Dolomites, or the Italian Alps, are the place to be, especially for skiing. I recommend staying in a village, one especially where you can walk to the store, and enjoy the local flavor, the woodworking, and the friendliness. For more, click here.

 

Italy's Dolomites Alps
Italy’s Dolomites Alps

9. Chiavenna

This village is tucked into the northernmost niche of Italy as it juts toward Switzerland. It is known for its forests and woodworking, for the grottos and grappa, and for my family,memories like no other, as we stood alongside locals in their tiny church for Christmas mass. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. For more, click here.

 

Chiavenna, Italy
Chiavenna, Italy

10. Praiano – Positano – Path of the Gods

Positano, Praiano, and the Path of the Gods sit high above the Mediterranean along the Amalfi Coast — and were one of the places which, if I close my eyes, I can still see the turquoise of the water against the onyx black of the mountains jutting straight up out of the sea. If you can, walk the trail that is called The Path of the Gods. It takes hours, and is far longer and harder than I imagined possible, but is one of the experiences I count as golden from my lifetime. For more, click here.

A Church high above Positano, and the view of Capri's Faraglioli (Fingers)
A Church high above Positano, and the view of Capri’s Faraglioli (Fingers)

 

How to Find Where to Stay in Italy:

To close, my favorite site to find places to stay in Italy:

We stayed with the wonderful folks at Trust and Travel at various places on their list in the Maremma and in the Veneto. I highly recommend them. (A warning, though: once you visit their website, you’ll never want to leave.) Their real places are even more beautiful than the photographs on their website.

Enjoy your Italian travels!

 

 

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Switzerland, the Greatest Drive in Europe: A Photojournal

Stunning Switzerland
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

The Greatest Drive in Europe: Switzerland

When my family and I lived in Europe, we drove everywhere. Not only was Prague (our home) a central location for most of Europe, but for 5 people (3 children), hopping in the car with a GPS and a map was far more economical than taking a train or airplane. (10 Tips for Traveling Europe on a Budget) In our four years in Europe, we drove everywhere — but one drive in particular was spectacular.

The Drive through Switzerland
The Drive through Switzerland

5 Countries in 1 Day

Czech Republic – Germany – Austria – Switzerland – Italy

The drive passes through former Soviet lands through the hops country of Bavaria and into the most beautiful drive I’ve ever taken — through Switzerland, top to bottom.

How to get there: from Prague, Czech Republic, drive southwest to Munich, Germany, and continue southwest into the northwest corner of Austria and into Switzerland. Then the drive turns from pretty to incredibly beautiful. You can even stop by Liechtenstein for coffee or their famous blood sausage and add in another country on the way toward Lake Como, Italy.

Drive through Switzerland
Drive through Switzerland

Luckily, my husband loves to drive, even the hairpin turns that descend the steep roads through Switzerland. So I kept my camera close and captured some of the stunning views.

A typical half-covered tunnel in Europe
A typical half-covered tunnel in Europe
Switzerland
Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland
the Linden trees in October: Switzerland
the golden trees in October: Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland: I love the dark barn on the bottom of the photo

Once you’ve traveled south through Switzerland past Chur, you encounter switchbacks in the road. They are quite the engineering feats, traversing the edge of a towering mountain peak.

The Switchbacks on Switzerland A13 E43
The Switchbacks on Switzerland A13 E43
Stunning Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland
Waterfalls, Switzerland
Waterfalls, Switzerland
Waterfalls, Switzerland
Waterfalls, Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland
another waterfall: Switzerland
Autumn Reflections, Switzerland
Autumn Reflections, Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland
Stunning Switzerland

One last thing to consider before you drive through Switzerland is to remember to buy a vignette before entering the country. Like most European countries, you’ll need to buy it before you cross the border, usually easy to find at a petrol station. The vignette for Switzerland has a steep price, but the drive and the scenery are worth it — they’re unforgettable.

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Prague's Spires, Czech Republic

Over the 4 years I lived in Prague, I used and refined this list many times. It is useful as a tour list, the Top 10 Must-Do Things in Prague.

The city is relatively small and easy to navigate and tour, but even more, it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe.

Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Day 1:

1. The Charles Bridge: Prague's Charles Bridge

As early as you can, kick off your jetlag and pick up coffee at one of the cafes on the way to the Charles Bridge. Walk the cobblestones of the bridge, which was constructed in 1357 under the rule of King Charles IV to cross the Vltava River. Three tall towers have guarded the Charles Bridge for centuries, and 30 haunting statues gaze over pedestrians as they cross. Read more…

2. Old Town Square: Prague's Old Town, Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and Christmas markets

Wander through the serpentine cobbled streets toward Prague’s Old Town Square. With its alfresco cafes, Astronomical Clock, its imposing Gothic Tyn Church and Baroque St. Nicholas Church, you’ll see centuries of history surrounding you in the buildings lining the square. In December, the Christmas markets set up in the square are lively, especially when it snows. Read more …

3. Jewish Cemetery Prague's Jewish Cemetery

Little more than a stone’s throw from Old Town Square, the Old Jewish Quarter stands near the Vltava River as an inseparable part of the city’s fabric.  The small patch of ground of the Old Jewish Cemetery contains over 12,000 tombs on the surface, with tens of thousands more entombed in countless layers underneath — making the sea of tombs seem to ride on unsteady waves. Read more …

4. National Theater performance National Theater, Prague

Do you remember Statler and Waldorf in the Muppets? The two elderly curmudgeons who’d heckle everyone who appeared on the show? Their famous box was as lavish as I could imagine a theater experience, until I sat in the National Theater.  See below on booking tickets. Read more …

Day 2.

5. Prague Castle: majestic Prague Castle

Founded in the 9th century, the Prague Castle is one of the oldest castles in the region. During its long history, the Castle housed Bohemian Kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and Presidents of Czech Republic. Today, the Prague Castle is said to be the biggest ancient castle, and gleams as the jewel glistening above the Vltava River as the centerpiece of Prague. 3 Hours Inside Prague Castle, Read more …

6. St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane Golden Lane, Prague Castle, Prague

Plan to spend the morning touring the soaring St. Vitus Cathedral, with its Gothic spires and colorful stained glass and rose windows, and the quaint artists’ colony built within the Castle walls, the Golden Lane, where Franz Kafka once lived, with houses dating back to the 15th century. Read more …

7. Lobkowicz Palace: View over Prague from the Lobkowicz Palace, Hradcany

If there is one place that must be visited in Prague, it is the Lobkowicz Palace.  It has incredible views over Prague from its cafe, where you can sit and enjoy lunch, a daily hour-long midday quartet concert, and an exceptional tour of their family’s royal treasures, including Canaletto paintings and Beethoven’s original 5th Symphony scores. It is my favorite place of all. Read more …

8. U Fleku: U Fleku Beer Hall Prague

The beer hall built in 1499 which has been brewing for over 500 years. A meal there comes complete with accordion players, long oak tables, and oodles of Czech beer. Read more …

Day 3.

9. Strahov Monastery: Library at Strahov Monastery, Prague: A setting in my work-in-progress novel, Water Lily

For the most spectacular view in Prague, venture up to Strahov Monestary, which sits high up on Petrin Hill. The Libraries inside the Monestary contain a rare collection of books dating back hundreds of years, 17th century globes, breathtaking frescos, and rare collections of artifacts. It is a place worth paying a few extra crowns to be able to take photos. To access the panoramic view, walk from the front gates, past the libraries and church and brewery, through a small portal in the east-facing stone wall. Read more …

For the rest of Day 3, I suggest walking along Nerudova Street, past the shops and through local shops, visit St Nicholas Church of Mala Strana, and back down to Charles Bridge. For dining suggestions, see below.

Day 4 and more:

10. Nelahozeves Castle: the beautiful courtyard surroundings, Nelahozeves Castle, Czech Republic

“The monumental Nelahozeves Castle, one of Bohemia’s finest Renaissance castles, is situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Vltava River in the village of Nelahozeves (birthplace of the great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák), approximately 35 km north of Prague.” The tour of Nelahozeves Castle offers an intimate glimpse into the royal Bohemian life inside the walls of a castle. Read more …

Other noteworthy links:

Prague, in Wintertime

Prague Castle, Reflections at Night

Before you go:

a) Buy tickets to a performance at the National Theater. The theater itself is exceptionally beautiful, and the tickets are inexpensive, yet the performances are first class. My personal favorites are The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake.

b) Take a break from the standard travel hotel, and reserve a place that’s inspiring like the Mamaison Riverside, the Maximilian, or The Golden Well.

c) Plan to save your Koruna for an unforgettable dinner at Terasa U Zlate Studne, overlooking Prague. Other favorite restaurants include Pasta Fresca (near Old Town Square), SaSaZu (Asian fusion), and Grosseto Pizzeria Marina (a docked riverboat, inexpensive, with great views of the Castle).

What to Bring:

Prague can be toured in 3 days — just be sure to pack your jacket (the weather is often unpredictable), sturdy walking shoes (everything is cobblestone), and your camera. You might feel as if you’ve visited a fairy tale, with all of the castles and spires and history. Once you’ve gone, and you’ll want photographs to prove to yourself that you really were there.

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12 Favorite Photos from Pompeii and Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Sunrise over the Isle of Capri, Italy

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reflections of Capri along the Mediterranean, from Praiano, Italy
Reflections of Capri along the Mediterranean, from Praiano, Italy

Now that I’m back in the US after 4 years abroad in Europe, I’ve noticed thousands of photos I’ve haven’t gone through from my travels there. So, each third week of the month, I’ll be posting favorite photos from the travel archives…

Positano, Italy, from the Path of the Gods
Positano, Italy, from the Path of the Gods

I’ve posted previously on Italy’s Lost City of Pompeii and separately on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but often the two aren’t connected though they’re merely a handful of miles apart. Here, find photos from both, one of my favorite regions in Europe: Italy’s Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, south of Rome.

Amalfi, Italy
Amalfi, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is a gem with dazzling turquoise waters and steep, sheer cliffs that drop breathlessly into the Mediterranean.

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” -John Steinbeck, Harper’s Bazaar, 1953

Stunning color and views from Path of the Gods, Positano, Italy
Stunning color and views from Path of the Gods, Positano, Italy

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

Prague Castle at night

 “History teaches everything including the future.” -Lamartine

Prague Castle at night
Prague Castle at night

When I stand in Prague along the Vltava River and see this view, I can hardly imagine the hundreds of years of stories and history tucked into the walls and crevices of the buildings:

  • Prague Castle (the long, horizontal building that stretches across much of this photograph) was founded around the year 880 and is made up of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architectural styles. The Castle has hosted the region’s ruling powers through countless wars, the Nazi occupation, the Soviet Communist rule, and the post-Velvet Revolution government — for over one thousand years.
  • St Vitus Cathedral, with its high Baroque and Gothic spires inside the Prague Castle walls, was founded on the 21st of November, 1344, during the reign of King Charles IV. The beauty inside is astounding, especially considering the cathedral is approaching 700 years old.
  • St Nicholas of Mala Strana Church, constructed around 1750 (the spires on the left of the photograph), was a favorite Nazi spying outpost, from the top of its bell tower. Also, famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the organ in the church.
  • Charles Bridge, the historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River, was constructed in the 1350s by King Charles IV. Its presence across the river helped make Prague an important trade route between eastern and western Europe.

There is so much to see, feel, and experience just by standing in one small spot in a historic city like Prague.

Imagine …

What do you think about when you experience something so much bigger than you and your time?

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23 Countries & 5 Seas: My 3 Years in Prague Travel Log

Stunning Switzerland

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo

In the past few years, since my family and I moved to Europe from the US Midwest, I’ve had the opportunity to see and travel to far more places than I ever dreamed. It’s been one incredible adventure.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

During that time, I’ve written dozens of posts on my travels around Europe, from places like Dubrovnik to Paris, from Sweden to Tuscany. We’ve traveled to 23 countries in Europe, and dipped our toes in 5 seas!

 


visited 24 countries (10.6%)

I thought I’d compile a list as a blog post to share here. Following, a list of many of my Posts on Travel:

 

Italy's Amalfi coast from a hike along the Trail of the Gods

Italy’s Amalfi coast from a hike along the Trail of the Gods

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

For you: Most of our travels have been by car from Prague. Lots and lots of roadtrips! Where is your favorite place to travel on a roadtrip?

 

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Charles Bridge, Prague, and Sunrise in Fog

Prague's Charles Bridge

“Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.” – Raymond Chandler, from The Big Sleep

If there would be one scene that defines Prague for me, it is the serpentine Vltava River winding through the city. Bridges cross the river at regular intervals, artistic in their arches, their Gothic architecture, and their spacing. Vintage red trams cross several bridges, along with cars and trucks and buses. But one bridge in Prague is completely special: the Charles Bridge.

Prague's Charles Bridge in black and white
Charles Bridge, Always Mysterious

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