Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On the Streets of Prague:

Walking through the streets of Prague: a city whose wealth, power, and glory has all but risen and faded; the baroque façades and rooflines adorning its sumptuously ornate buildings find their roots in the eighteenth century; a time in which Amsterdam's fortunes subsided, while the those of kingdoms and territories in Central Europe, soared; soaring are the undulating silhouettes that form the borders of each of the city's grandiose buildings; mediaeval church towers abut expansive cobblestoned squares; pastel hued gables rightfully align, standing at astute attention even centuries after their genesis; spring's foliage was only beginning to unfurl–the city's streets canopied by their presence; the Charles Bridge, completed at the beginning of the fifteenth century, straddles the river Vltava, allowing the Lesser Town to fluidly interact with the Old Town, at the river's opposite edge; the bridge is adorned by no less than 30 baroque statues, whose full allegories and intentions are now only a faint memory, known only to their makers. Prague's enigma is its enchantment.