Prague’s Lesser Town

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Lesser Town

This is a street scene in Prague’s Lesser Town (Malá Strana), with the Charles Bridge on the left and one of its towers in the background.

St. Wenceslas riding his high horse, sort of

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When your belly is your back

This piece of absurdist art by David Cerny is displayed at Lucerna Palace in Prague. It is a caricature of a nearby statue of St. Wenceslas riding his horse — the animal standing normally, with Wenceslas on its back, in a manner you’d expect — displayed at the top of Wenceslas Square.

The fact this horse appears to be dead, strung up by its feet, and the fact its rider is the patron saint of the Czech people has as made for lots of analytical fodder. Check out examples here, here and here.

Narrow street

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Narrow street

In the heart of Prague’s Old Town, fairly early on a Sunday morning.

Inner-city oasis

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Let your imagination fly

Just a few steps off busy Wenceslas Square in Prague is a tranquil patch of green in the shadow of a church. The paths in the Franciscan Gardens (Františkánská zahrada) are lined with perfectly manicured hedges and inspiring works of art, like the one above. It’s a neat little place to briefly escape the hustle and bustle just a few metres beyond.

Morning at the market

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Morning at the market

Here’s one of the streets in Prague’s Old Town, home to a pedestrian-friendly market.

Christmas come early!

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Christmas come early!

Look who I bumped into while out wandering earlier today! Santa tells me his early appearance is owing to his task of bringing some extra joy and cheer to the city. (The fresh coat of snow came just in time, too.)

Mirror universe in Prague

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Mirror universe

This glass façade in Prague seemed out of place to me. At least it’s as stylish as circumstances will allow — and the glass lets you see a reflection of what the space once probably looked like.

Prague’s Old Town Square

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Old Town Square

How to beat the crowds at the tourist-centric Old Town Square in Prague? Get there before the tour groups do.

This was a Sunday morning and the clock tower tells me I shot this photo shortly before 10 a.m. It was nice to enjoy the square in this condition and to take in all the history crowded around this spot.

Visitors aren’t exactly alone here at this hour but there’s enough space to keep people from feeling too claustrophobic. Wandering through the city’s old quarter first thing in the morning means you can occasionally get a bit of street to yourself, if only for a moment. Knowing how busy this part of Prague can get, even fleeting solitude is a treat worth the mental effort required to wake early.

Below, a closer view of the astronomical clock at the town hall.

Can you tell me the time?

Air Miles? More like Err Miles

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Air Miles is a Canadian loyalty reward program that allows consumers to collect points when they do business with certain retailers, financial institutions and credit/charge card issuers. The points can be used for travel rewards, redeemed for consumer goods or converted for use as cash. (Ricky Leong photo illustration)

What happens when a loyalty reward program is disloyal to its users?

This question is on the minds of millions of Canadians after it was revealed Thursday afternoon Air Miles was rescinding a policy, which would have come into effect on Dec. 31, 2016, causing unused points to expire if they weren’t used within five years of being collected. As an added headache, all points accrued before Dec. 31, 2011, would have been subject to mass expiration were they not expended by the deadline.

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Art meets advertising: Tesla Radio stained glass

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Tesla Radio

It’s difficult to imagine this kind of intricate melding of art and advertising being put together nowadays. Spotted in a small shopping plaza on my visit to Prague this fall.