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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Wallenstein Garden

Wallenstein Garden is a huge walled garden hidden inside the Wallenstein Palace. The garden was part of the palace construction between 1623–1630.

The most striking building in the garden is perhaps the Sala terrena, or loggia. With the three massive arches, it can't be missed.

The walls and ceilings of Sala terrena are intricately decorated with frescoes and stuccoes. These paintings tell the tales of the Trojan wars.

The huge Roman columns also serve as excellent props for pre-wedding photo shooting. There were at least two groups of photo shooting going on during my time of visit.

Have you seen a white peacock before? This was my first experience of seeing one, right inside the Wallenstein Garden!

The avenue leading to the inner part of the garden is line with replicas of bronze statues on both sides. The original statues were plundered by the Swedish during the war. These statues are mostly the figures in the Greek mythology.

Several water fountains are scattered around the garden. The bronze statues on the fountains are also replicas, as they did not escape from the plundering act of the Swedish.

At the eastern end of the garden is a considerably huge ornamental pond where visitors can feed the ducks. The small green island in the middle of the pond lies the bronze statues of Hercules and the Naiads.

Wallenstein Garden is no doubt a good place to take a break form the hustle and bustle of the busy streets in Prague. When you are in Prague, don't forget to enjoy some tranquility in this beautiful garden.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Time to Love in the Year 2012

Dear bloggers, blog readers and friends,

Here are two photos I took in Japan in the year 2008 to share with you. May this new year be filled with lots of time to love. Happy New Year! Have a fruitful and prosperous year ahead.

With warmest regards,
C.K. Ng

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