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Saturday 26 November 2011


What is contentment? This is a question that we always ask ourselves. When we were kids, contentment can be very simple. Be it an ice-cream cone, a bar of chocolate, or a lolipop. The answer lies in simplicity. Happiness consists in contentment. Contentment consists in simplicity.

Thursday 24 November 2011

Church of Our Lady before Týn

If you are in the Old Town of Prague, it is not possible to miss this church for its intricate spires on the twin towers. Even though the Týn School has blocked most of the front facade of the church, the spiky roofs of the towers never fail to lure the attention of the visitors to the eastern side of Old Town Square.

The church as we see it today has been completed 500 years ago, but it has undergone several times of repair and renovation works. As you can see, there is still some minor restoration work going on during my visit in June this year.

If you approach the church from Týn Courtyard, of which the church adopted its name, this is the view of the church that you'll see. The spires on the twin towers still dominate your attention to the church.

A closer look at the spires reveal the stars on them, but the spire at the centre of the church is the only one topped with a double cross.

Outside the north portal, above the double-leaf door, is a copy of the 14th-century tympanum showing the Crucifixion. The original carving was done by the workshop of Peter Parler, King Charles IV's favourite architect.

Monday 21 November 2011

Right Here Waiting

After 'The Rhythm of Youth', here comes Grace in 'Right Here Waiting'!

Sometimes, waiting is not a bad thing after all.

It may be filled with wonderful anticipation.

You never know what you are going to get, but just wish for the best things to happen in your life.

Sunday 20 November 2011

Astronomy in the Clock

One of the main attractions at the Old Town Square in Prague is the Astronomical Clock which occupies the lower part of the Gothic tower associated to Prague's Old Town Hall.

The clock was installed in 1410 and was re-engineered in 1490 to what we see today. It has been working correctly round the clock since its major repair in 1570.

On the hour, the twelve Apostles will appear through the two windows above the mechanical clock and nod their heads to the observers occupying the street in front of the Old Town Hall.

This mechanical clock tells not only time but the sunrise and sunset hours as well. There is a moon phase too. If you are not into all these, then you can also appreciate all the artworks put into this giant-clock masterpiece.

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