Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell
The View over Prague in Winter
The first winter I lived in Prague, in 2009-2010, the snow came early and stayed late. Months passed and kept us blanketed with more than a foot of snow. For me, a native of Texas, the months of that first winter in Prague were out of a fairy tale … castles, spires, palaces, cathedrals all etched with enchanting and glittering snow.
Prague's Star Summer Palace in Winter
In November of 2010, I decided that I needed cross-country skis if we were to live in this place buried for months in snow. A week after I bought my used skis at Happy Sport in Dejvice, it snowed. And the snow didn’t stop … I skied my way through the winter of 2010-11. It was beautiful.
Prague's Spires, Prague Castle, and the view from Petrin Hill
Now, this winter of 2011-12, I am waiting for the sure-to-come winter that will bury us with snow. My skis, though well used in the Italian Dolomites over Christmas, are standing unused in the garage. But despite the lack of snow, Prague is beautiful in January’s low light.
Prague's Mala Strana from Charles Bridge, January 2012
Prague's National Theater along the Vltava River
Majestic Prague Castle, January 2012
The View of Prague's Spires toward Old Town, from Charles Bridge
This January, I’m enjoying the brilliant sunsets, the quiet evenings to read by the fire, the crisp air, and frequent pixie dustings of snow. It’s simply beautiful.
The Sky on Fire, Sunset over Prague, January 2012
What is your favorite part of winter? The snow? Reading by the fire? Enjoy!