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The Beauty of Prague in Winter

 

The View over Prague in Winter

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 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

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'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

Prague's Mala Strana from Charles Bridge, January 2012

 

Prague's National Theater along the Vltava River

Prague's National Theater along the Vltava River

 

Majestic Prague Castle

Majestic Prague Castle, January 2012

 

The View of Prague's Spires toward Old Town, from Charles Bridge

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

The Sky on Fire, Sunset over Prague, January 2012

What is your favorite part of winter? The snow? Reading by the fire? Enjoy!

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