There's a good chance I'll probably retire in Prague.
Exceptional city- just beautiful.
Unbelievably, about 80% of the buildings in the historic center are
restored. No sign of the flooding two years ago either.
Took 3000 pictures with the new Canon 350D; not a bad camera either. If
anyone is considering it, I highly recommend it as a good quality
'prosumer' camera. On the down side, I'll be missing slide film....
(who missed Katrina in SE Florida)
Yeah, Prague was just amazing. Not a single facade looked like the
next, but it all just fit together so beautifully. Did you get to see
the castle? After our tour of Prague, we took a train to Berlin. It
was one of the best train trips ever, and I saw a lot of beautiful
buildings, and even a bridge I'd only seen in architectural books.
I didn't have such a good camera when I went, I hope someday to go back
to Europe again.
Yes, saw the castle. Seven day trip went roughly like so:
Arrived Friday night.
Saturday- general walk around town to get oriented, up to Castle
entrance and back to Old Town square (our hotel was 5 minutes away).
Evening concert at Smetana Hall in the Obecni Dum (the beautifully
restored Art Nouveau municipal 'house')
Sunday- Castle: St. Vitus cathedral, Vladislav hall, St. George, Golden
Lane, and a walk through Stare Mesto
Monday- National museum most of the day (rain)- lots of geology, some
paleotology, zoology and archeology; train station and walk to National
Tuesday- TV tower, Vinohrady district, Fred and Ginger, Jean Nouveau
'Angel' building +shopping center; royal gardens, Loreto, castle and
parliament entry area, St. Nicholas Church
Wednesday- Alfons Mucha museum, St. Agnes Museum (medieval to
Renaissance Czech art), 1905 exhibition hall, Troja Palace
Thursday- New town hall, river walk, Stare Mesto and Devil's brook
area, Rudolfinium, Jewish Quarter (briefly)
Friday- Jewish Quarter, Old town square- departure.
'Fred and Ginger' (Gehry building) basically sucked with respect to the
unbelievable amount of well detailed turn-of-the-century eclectic and
Art Nouveau buildings. Nouveau's shopping mall was straightforward and
This is what I use:
After its done "generating", its just a matter of uploading the album
via ftp, and its done for you. Great little tool to get photos up to a
Here's an example on my site:
Figuring 5 seconds to compose, meter and take the shot, another 5
seconds walking about to get the angle you want, and 2 seconds per shot
for overhead and profit...let's see...carry the 3...divide by 360...urp
(sorry, too much Pepsi)...ends up to be 100 HOURS!
Even if it was a just 2 seconds a shot (can you say blurry?) that's
still ~16 hours just clicking a camera.
How long was this trip??
Yep. The urp affected the calc by one order of magnitude! Never
underestimate the power of gas. ;)
I remember having tons of time to take pictures when I was younger and
wandering around travelling. Pictures and film cost money, took up
space, etc. I think I never took more than ten rolls of film with me
on a trip - ~360 pictures. Having the ability to take ten times that
with no cost, no added weight and instant feedback...sure wish I could
go back in time!
I remember taking a couple of rolls of pictures at Ostia Antica - great
stuff, too. When I got the pictures back, I discovered that the
camera's light meter was farpotshket. Two totally screwed rolls of
overdeveloped pictures. AAAGGGGHHHH! Still hurts 25 years later.
I feel your pain brother. Lost a whole week in Rome once because my
old 35mm was on the fritz. Didn't discover it until I returned These
kids travelling overseas these days don't know how good they got it now
with the toys available to them.
I remember studying in Spain in the early 90's and taking CASSETTE
tapes with me for my tunes. What a beating and waste of space. I
would have killed for my IPOD back then.
On the flip side, I've mentioned that I had film confiscated in Italy
by the Carabinieri many moons ago. I eventually got the film back from
the US consulate's efforts. If that had happened now, the Carabinieri
would have just pulled the card and/or deleted the contents. Guess I'm
That's why you keep a 'plant' flashcard stored in your sock.
I just know the multiple times I travelled Europe while in school I
seemed to be burdened by a bunch of 'crap', and then I compare it to a
trip to Italy last year with my new 'toys'. I felt light as a feather.
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