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Praha, Praga, Prague

November 28, 2014

Finally, the last entry of my recent Europe saga: a return to Prague, my favorite city in the world (so far). We spent most of our time there wandering around the intricate, windy streets (seriously, there are no straight streets in this town), and saw some of the major highlights. We did something horribly touristy--but also pretty damn awesome--and went to a beer spa. Yes, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in a beer hot tub, beer massage and drink unlimited beer for about $60 per person.

We had a lovely walk around the Vyšehrad area, where the original city walls were, and ran into an unexpectedly beautiful sunset with an overlook of the city. We also took a side trip to one of the Czech Republic's most visited castles (which I avoided last time I was in the country due to the complaints from locals that it was too touristy and crowded), Karlštejn. We hopped the train to the foggy town about 45 minutes outside of Prague and caught the first tour of the day. Maybe it was because we were traveling in the off season or we were just early, but our tour only had four other people and the rest of the town was practically empty. I kept seeing photos online of Karlštejn and assumed they were Photoshopped to the extreme because of the structure's unrealistic appearance, but no, it really does look like a fairy tale castle. It was definitely one of the coolest castles we saw on our voyage.

Of course, we did not get to spend near enough time in Praha, but I always leave a place with the expectation to return, so we'll see what happens next time.

In other news:

Read this poignant article from some of photojournalism's top female photographers about balancing motherhood and the need to keep telling stories.

In order to get close to the noxious fumes of one of America's post polluted bodies of water, Steven Hirsch had to wear masks and other protective gear. But his resulting photographs are something abstract and artistic, even if they do make you a bit nauseous. 

Sarah Treanor began exploring death, loss and grief in her self portrait series Still, Life after her fiance died unexpectedly two years ago.

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