prague august 2018

Since we had company holidays in August and the office was closed, this gave me the opportunity to visit my mother – especially as I found a direct flight from Murcia airport to Prague. Unfortunately only during the summer months. For the winter season it means waiting at airports for connecting flights.

This time I would like to share with you some great sites in Prague that were built in the 1930’s. All are in functionalism style. Below Palace Ara, also called Palace Pearl.

palace ara prague - skalabara quilts

Some hidden treasures in Prague are the many passages under office buildings connecting streets. Below the passage next to the National Bank – today called the Passage of Czech Design. Many Czech designers exhibit their work in showcases on both sides of this passage.

passage of czech design prague - skalabara quilts

The next passage is called Black Rose and is situated on the street Na Prikopech near Wenceslas Square. Here you can find many shops, diverse coffee shops and benches where you can just sit down and relax from sightseeing or shopping.

passage black rose prague 3 - skalabara quilts

passage black rose prague 2 - skalabara quilts

passage black rose prague 1 - skalabara quilts

After sightseeing you need something good for the tummy : a visit to a coffee shop – for example La Boheme Cafe. Here you can not only enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea, but also purchase coffee and tea from small producers.

la boheme cafe prague - skalabara quilts

Or Erhartova Cukrarna – cakes and confectionery shop – with exquisite cakes and coffee

erhartova cukrarna prague - confectionary - skalabara quilts

Autumn is slowly coming and the berries get their wonderful colors.

autumn berries 1 - skalabara quilts

autumn berries 2 - skalabara quilts

And as last I would like got show you one more place in Prague – the Malvazinky cemetery. Situated on a hill in the district of Prague 5. When you enter the cemetery you can feel the tranquility of the place, with many tall old trees and ivy plants on the ground.

malvazinky cementary prague - skalabara quilts

Hope you have enjoyed my short sightseeing tour in Prague, I would love to hear from you and have a nice day,

barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

prague july 2018

Once more I was visiting my Mum in Prague. I had super summer weather, sunshine and blue skies. Since I am living nearly 20 years in Spain, I am not anymore used to see such an abundance of green hues in the nature. Visiting different parks in the district of Prague 6 I found sooooo many greens that I couldn´t resist to take loads of photos. But lets start from the beginning : my favourite panorama view is, was and shall always stay the Hradcany – Prague Castle that overlooks the river Vltava nad Charles Bridge.

prague panorama view over the river Moldavia - skalabara quilts

prague Hradcany Castle - skalabara quilts

The Church and Monastery of Our Lady of the Snows in Prague town center:

prague church Maria Snow - skalabara quilts

The photo below is taken from the restaurant at the Garden Center Chladek overlooking their plant exposition and the quiet Hanspaulka district :

prague 6 garden center chladek - skalabara quilts

prague 6 view of Hanspaulka - skalabara quilts

Another “green” place to visit in Prague 6 is the restaurant/ coffee-house situated in the Kajetanka park :

prague 6 garden Kajetanka - skalabara quilts

prague 6 garden Kajetanka - skalabara quilts

Green impressions from the park at the Benedictine Arch-Abbey of St. Adalbert and St. Margaret :

prague 6 park at Brevnov monastery - skalabara quilts

prague 6 park at Brevnov monastery - skalabara quilts

1807 praha

Hope you have enjoyed this small journey through Prague, more about sewing in the next post.

Have a wonderful weekend,   barbora   flower small skalabara quilts

 

Prague in winter

Prague in winter, a magical city? Yes, I have been in Prague over the Christmas to celebrate the holidays with my mum. As soon as I arrived home, my mum had some health problems and I could not leave her alone. Since end of December I have done some travelling between Alicante and Prague. My mum is fine now, everything is back to normal and I am very grateful for that.

Prague in winter can have a magical spell. If you forget the snow, ice and frost, it can be very romantic. During all of my visits we had temperatures just bellow zero, so no chance for the snow to melt. I have experienced streets and pavements covered with a solid layer of ice. The Prague city center is always without these problems, but my mum lives in a quiet residential area and snow or are not cleaned on a daily base. No comparison to the climate near Alicante.

Today I want to share with you some “grey in grey” impressions from a foggy winter day Prague. The sun was hidden behind the clouds, no chance to see blue skies.

prague in winter river Moldaviaprague in winter Zofin islandprague in winter back of national theatreprague in winter hradcany castle

Have a great time and enjoy life!

barbora flower small skalabara quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

santini’s architecture in western bohemia

During my last visit to Prague I went with my Mum on a day trip through western Bohemia to see some works of the architect Jan Santini Aichel (1677 – 1723). All the sites we have visited are very impressing, specially knowing that the author is nearly 300 years dead. The ground plans of this baroque architect show many star variations.

First stop was at Hubenov visiting a farm-house that is in private hands. The owners started with the restoration work with lot of enthusiasm and patience.

santini - hubenov 1

santini - hubenov 2

Our second stop was at Marianska Tynice – a pilgrimage site near the monastery in Plasy.

santini - mariansaka tynice view

santini - marianska tynice collage

In a small village Mladotice we visited a chapel.

santini - mladotice

The interesting thing about this chapel is that the exterior and interior perimeters are the same. The outside walls are very smooth, but in the interior the walls follow a star pattern.

Jan_Santini_Aichel_-_Mladotice_ground_plan

The last stop was at the monastery in Kladruby. Very impressing, the church is a real hidden gem.

santini - kladruby church

santini - kladruby church detail

santini - kladruby collage

Hope you have enjoyed a photo visit to the architectural treasures of western Bohemia and maybe one day, you shall visit them personally.

Thanks for stoping, Barbora

new stash from ppm

What is PPM? It is Prague Patchwork Meeting and it was held this year for the tenth time. It takes place each year on the first weekend in April. As I haven’t to this meeting since many years, I thought it was time to go back and enjoy the exhibition as well as the fabric shops concentrated all on one site. There was lots see – wonderful patchwork quilts as well as art quilts. I’ll be posting some photos after the stash ones.

These are all the new fabrics I got :

stash from ppm - skalabara

I love the two FQ bundles with different colors and patterns from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. The colors are so rich a saturated, you can see each thread on the photos.

sun print collection in reds by alisson glass for andover - skalabara

 

sun print collection by alisson glass for andover - skalabara

I couldn’t pass a shop with Kaffe Fassett prints without buying a few of them. Love the colors as well as the designs.

kaffe fassett prints - skalabara

I didn’t have any grey fabrics in my collection and I found some wonderful shades, exactly what I was looking for. And some Ivory from Kona Solids – there are never enough neutrals in a stash.

greys from anover and makower and ivory from kona solids - skalabara

Lime and oranges are always handy colors, bright and shiny.

fatquartes in yellow and orange and lime from kona solids - skalabara

So now is time to share some photos from the Prague Patchwork Meeting exhibition. I only took photos of the quilts I really liked. They are more art quilts then ordinary every day ones, but interesting to see. The following piece of art called Metamorphosis is my very favorite. The theme and idea, colors, precise quilting – all matches perfectly.

ppm metamorphosis 1

ppm metamorphosis 3

ppm alerchino

ppm jeans quilts shark

ppm quilt from poland

ppm traditional fabrics

ppm traditional fabrics 1

ppm colorful quilt

ppm circles

I shall post a few more photos from the Prague Patchwork Meeting next time.

 

Wishing all followers and readers a wonderful weekend, happy stitching,

Barbora