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Contemporary Prague

At the end of our trip[ on the River Elbe, we were all driven to Prague for a two-night stay before setting off to the airport and thence, home. I had visited Prague several times before. I photographed Dorothy standing next to the medieval Astronomical Clock about forty years ago and  Ethel, standing in approximately the same place, some sixteen years ago!  This trip, I kept up the tradition by getting Kim to have her picture taken where her mother had posed all those years ago!

I didn’t notice that the architecture had altered much; the incredible craftsmanship of the ancient buildings, statuary and the Charles bridge was still a source of wonderment and there were no skyscrapers in sight! But. I did see that the modern sculpture was brutally abstract and completely at odds with the heroic religious figures of medieval times. This, I imagine, is a reflection of the young internet generation and its world-wide integration–as can be confirmed by the surprising Prague graffiti.

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On the hour, ladies and gentlemen dance and skeletons prance

Prague Guard

Prague Guard

old style . . .

old style . . .

. . . . with Chagall-like window

. . . . with Chagall-like window

Ancient and Modern?

Ancient and Modern?

 . .   detail of the old part

. . detail of the old part

Old-style heroic statuary

Old-style heroic statuary with modern protesters

Long view of Charles Bridge

Long view of Charles Bridge

Protest graffiti . . . .

Protest graffiti . . . .

Prague's babies . . . .

Prague’s babies . . . .

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

Locks and Keys

Locks and Keys art

Precarious situation!

Precarious situation!

Universally recognized  - Graffiti . . . .

Universally recognized – Prague Graffiti . . . .

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

Guess who!

Guess who!

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

He even has his own Prague Pub!

He even has his own Prague Pub

To be continued.         Click on the pictures for more dramatic effect

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