A little trip to Prague...

Went on my first trip to Prague for personal reasons last week for 4 days and it had turned out to be a very useful trip in many ways!

Prague certainly has a lot of beautiful charm and magic.  With history & culture a strong presence and well preserved.  What is beautiful about Prague's life is that the city still runs the early trams alongside the current modern trams (as shown on the left).  The streets are also immaculate and with a lot of character.  One street that certainly had my attention was Vodickova Street.  The occasional rumble of the tramlines as the trams steadily went by just makes you feel the vibrancy more that Prague has to offer. The surrounding architecture really does set the tone with the trams, something that makes the evening time in particular really special to me to see.

Vodickova Street, Prague.  

Vodickova Street, Prague.  

Prague still has its own Currency of Czech Crown / Koruna which Beginning of July 2016 £1.00 was worth approx. 30 Koruna.  Certain establishments especially Restaurants and Hotels also took Euros.  This was handy as a beer outside of the Old Town Square was 30 - 40 Koruna and lunch were around 140 - 200 Korunas on average.  A lot of activities to do in Prague from seeing the theatres through to the best one that I have done is the Segway tour which lasted three hours and toured all around the parks, castle area and other sights that are high up.  Although if you get the chance to explore on a Segway then make it quick as there are plans by the government and officials to ban them all together!  The metro is a very efficient system and well connected to the bus network.  You can go from Airport to centre of Prague for just 32 Koruna, although only valid for 1 1/2 hours from the moment the ticket is activated / stamped.  It only takes around 40 mins to get to the centre of Prague from the airport with the bus & metro route option which is what I did.  Very clean and efficient metro system.  

Prague old Town with Old Town Hall to the left and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn in the background.  

Prague old Town with Old Town Hall to the left and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn in the background.  

 

The old Town is another area of Prague that struck me.  It looked like a scene from a Fantasy type of programme or even in some cases Game of Thrones.  The Astronomical Clock is here also and is the oldest one known in the world to still be operating.  It is worth seeing the clock in action, which happens every hour on the hour.  Be careful in the Old Town Square though you'll easily be hounded by Segway Tour Sellers, although this is worth bearing for what the wonderful restaurants and in particular the views and entertainment that goes on in the square.  If you wanted a great tour that is very friendly and you see a lot more different areas in a short time then the one I used were segway experience Prague.  They are based on the west-end of Charles Bridge and you can see more details at www.segwayfun.eu

 

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is one that fascinates me with its age and the mixture of Artistic culture from Paintings and photography through to smaller locally made merchandise of Prague and Czech memorabilia.  It is always wonderful to see local people selling their own craft although because Charles Bridge is also a vital linking bridge between the Old Town area and the Castle area of Prague, it is super busy to walk through and quite often you get held back by the sudden visitor who whips out the camera to take pictures which you cannot fault for the views are very seductive to see and capture. The Bridge is one of the scenes used in the first Mission Impossible Movie with Tom Cruise as suddenly discovered when a friend of mine kept on thinking the area looked familiar from a movie he had seen and verified with the guide and google.

The interior of St. Vitus Cathedral.

The interior of St. Vitus Cathedral.

The west end of Prague has a lot to see and do in particular the castle that has a lot of walking up the hill to see and to look around.  A lot of architecture and St. Vitus Cathedral is certainly worth a visit.  There are plenty of cute little cafes for the weary-footed though and at good prices. 

I can see something unique coming out of this little unexpected project that will help me for a small plan I have for next year...

London June 2016

I had the wonderful chance to return to London once more.  The city never ceases to amaze me with what is new and its different approaches as I always find something different each time I am back there.  All the vibrancy that London has which combines with its wide history and heritage.

The characters that I encounter are always something different.  This is quite an unusual moment to capture!

The characters that I encounter are always something different.  This is quite an unusual moment to capture!

I was looking around to discover something new over the 2 1/2 days I was there and it is quite incredible just what I found in one day, especially whilst exploring Tottenham Court Road. I thought whilst walking along it that it seemed strange to see a group of people standing close together gazing at the passenger's side of a van!  Upon closer inspection, I had a lovely little surprise seeing a dog looking out the window!  It was a lovely surprise.

Typical British Summer.  A scene I had envisaged many years ago had suddenly happened in a split second which I'm super happy to record.

Typical British Summer.  A scene I had envisaged many years ago had suddenly happened in a split second which I'm super happy to record.

I do enjoy the rain at times as it can usually bring something different to the scene.  It certainly did whilst walking up Regent Street and got more than I had bargained for in the name of British weather!  A shot I remember seeing and wanted to try and create for many many years and in one split second... I got it!  It just goes to show that it can all suddenly happen in a split second!  The pools of water were certainly deep (at least 1 foot in places!)  The very heavy rain lasted about an hour and a half but had brought enough water to create some different views.  It was certainly worth sticking it out in the rain for a long time!

On my top list of wonderful stations is Bayswater.

On my top list of wonderful stations is Bayswater.

The British weather did not cease that afternoon either.  Later that night after exploring Aldgate in the evening after grabbing the tube at Bank, I managed to get the central line to Queensway where upon exiting the station, yes you've guessed it.. it rained once more!  After a long chat to a friendly underground station attendant, I decided to brave the rain and work on getting back to my hotel for the last night of my current stay in London.  The large pools of water were in abundance!  It was worth the walk through the rain.  Bayswater surprised me for many reasons, although an area of London where I can usually find the best price for hotels rooms for a short stay of around 2 to 3 nights, I had (wrongly) also disregarded the area for being an attractive area for photography as I hadn't seen anything that made me want to press the shutter or excite me so to go back and see Bayswater at night and especially in wet weather was something else.

Looking forward to my return to London in September for a group exhibition that I shall be a part of.  More details on the exhibition very soon!

 

 

Welcome to my brand new rebooted website!

My first ever blog post on finally getting my newly redeveloped website underway!

Its been quite an interesting few months however whilst underway with this little redevelopment project, which included going back and forth doing research to find what style works best including the kind of website most "user" friendly, styles and even fonts!  I forget how time-consuming it is at just finding the right layout etc to portray the right feel of a website that matches my own feeling and personality.

Over time, you will see news updates of my projects, new works, etc come to life on this site!