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Winter in Prague

Flights from Tbilisi to Prague tend to arrive at odd hours of the day – either very early or very late. Perhaps things are better now, but when I visited back in 2011 my flight landed at around five in the morning. I arrived at my hotel before six where, needless to say, my room wasn’t ready. I dropped off my carry on, pulled out my camera and went for a walk. It was 29th January. At the airport it was -14° C, in the city it was a balmy -11° C. Brass monkey weather. I had just arrived from Tbilisi where it was a tropical 6° C. Still, on this, my fifth trip to the city, I finally got some pictures that didn’t consist mostly of tourists.

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 2

This is a great building to photograph and when I’m out with a camera I invariably end up here and take some more pictures. On this occasion it was late afternoon with the sun was sinking, the moon rising and beautiful light. I had my ‘better’ camera with me and I originally planned to go in and take more interior shots, since when I visited previously I only had my LX5 compact. But it was too nice to be inside so I wandered around the square outside for an hour or so and took these pictures.

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Here and There 2

A second batch of random shots from around Sofia. Picking up where I left off in my previous here and there post here is another shot of the Regional History Museum, and former city bathhouse, seen through the fountain that stands in the square in front of the museum. I’ve taken a lot of photographs of this scene so if you think you’ve seen this before, you have.

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Delft

Amsterdam is known as the Venice of the North and, like Venice, is struggling to cope with the numbers of tourists, now approaching 19 million every year. This year, 2019, Amsterdam struck a deal with the the Dutch capital Den Haag allowing the latter’s tourist agency to set up at Amsterdam’s Centraal railway station in hopes that some of those 19 million might be persuaded to spend part of their holiday outside the city.

The problem is that the Netherlands is small and the Dutch public transport system is superb, so it is a simple matter to stay in Amsterdam and take day trips to the many surrounding towns and cities, including Den Haag which is less than an hour away by train. While this gets us tourists out of town by day we flood back in like the tide by night. On a trip to Amsterdam to visit friends earlier this year I discovered the value of the city as a base for exploring more widely and while I did not make it to Den Haag on that occasion I did visit Delft and Haarlem.

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