|Vltava looking toward Hradcany, from Vysehrad|
November is not the most cheerful month in Prague, weather-wise. The temperature hovers around the freezing mark (0 degrees Celsius), the skies are often overcast, and the air is damp.
But the people did not give in or give up. In their hearts, they remembered their glorious past and hoped for a restoration of those days in which beauty was created, not suppressed or destroyed.
Prague is a living museum to the achievements of the people living here over the centuries: Czech, Slovak, Polish, Moravian, German, Vietnamese, Silesian, Jewish, Roma, Rusyn, Hungarian, Russian, Romanian, Croatian, Serb, and so many more (even the occasional American!).
Although today the country seems homogeneous, with just 10.5 million people, of whom 90% consider themselves Czech, it has the same mixed heritage as most countries. Migrations, forced relocations, and changing ethnic identities have all contributed to the current vigorous mix.
November seems gloomy most days. There is little sunshine and not even the visual beauty of a pristine snowfall.
|Leopoldova brána (Leopold Gate)|
And soon the jolliness and festivity of the Season of Joy will spring to life in Prague.
|Staroměstské náměstí Christmas fair|