Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art

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Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art

“The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become.” -Alphonse Mucha One of my favorite of Mucha’s works is located in the Prague Castle, on a stained glass window inside the St. Vitus Cathedral (above). Alphonse...

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Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

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Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” -Leonardo da Vinci One of my favorite parts of the internet world is getting to know other writers and artists. Writers and artists aren’t folks who are easily known. We don’t have cards we hand out or wear certain spiffy suits to mark us as doing something notable. But in the cyberworld,...

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Over the 4 years I lived in Prague, I used and refined this list many times. It is useful as a tour list, the Top 10 Must-Do Things in Prague. The city is relatively small and easy to navigate and tour, but even more, it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe. Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See Day 1: 1. The Charles Bridge: As early as you can, kick off your jetlag and pick up...

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What Freedom Means Now

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What Freedom Means Now

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela An American flag flies high above the US Embassy in Prague, from an iconic white building high on Petrin Hill, where it billows in the breezes along the Vltava River. The Czech flag and EU flags fly elsewhere, especially at the Castle and...

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The Expat Experience: 5 Things I Learned from 4 Years in Prague

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The Expat Experience: 5 Things I Learned from 4 Years in Prague

“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world.” -David Sedaris, on the expat experience Three months ago, my life changed drastically. After...

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Charles Bridge, Aristotle, and Italy’s Cinque Terre

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Charles Bridge, Aristotle, and Italy’s Cinque Terre

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle I have 3 things to share this week: 1) Happy news: Capitol Prague, a new restaurant and cafe in Washington D. C. / Georgetown, has bought use of of one of my photographs of Charles Bridge in Prague for use as a mural inside their cafe. Isn’t it gorgeous? And, illy is my very favorite...

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Saying Goodbye to Prague, Hello to USA

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Saying Goodbye to Prague, Hello to USA

How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to. Almost four years ago, I learned that my family and I would move across the ocean to a faraway city called Prague. My first question was, “Where is Prague?” The opportunity to move there was for my husband’s job, and we thought the stay in Eastern Europe would be for 2 or 3 years. It was a dream for us, to...

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The Lost Wife: a Book Recommendation

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The Lost Wife: a Book Recommendation

Over the past several weeks, my family and I have been wrapped up in the process of moving across the Atlantic. The details have been tremendous, but all have worked out so smoothly they’ve unfolded like stepping stones, one tiny step at a time. And while I’m wrapped up in transition and helping my kids to get settled and engaged in their new school in Ohio, I am taking time to think...

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Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter

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Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter

“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets The first time I saw Prague’s Charles Bridge, the weather was hot and the bridge was crowded. It had been the height of summer tourist season (August) and construction crews worked on replacing the cobblestones on over half of the width of the legendary bridge...

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Christmas: Joy

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Christmas: Joy

Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary. -W.C.Dix v1 What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. v3 So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant,...

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Prague’s National Theater: Astounding Beauty

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Prague’s National Theater: Astounding Beauty

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” -Pablo Picasso If there were ever a time we need to wash the dust of life off, it is now. I am so saddened by what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. A tragedy of that magnitude makes us all around the world consider how we should move forward, carry on, and still honor the vibrant lives and...

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Fairy Tale Prague: Christmas Markets & Snow

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Fairy Tale Prague: Christmas Markets & Snow

“Through the window, the night air appeared dense, each snowflake slowed in its long, tumbling fall through the black. It was the kind of snow that brought children running out their doors, made them turn their faces skyward, and spin in circles with their arms outstretched.” -Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child   Isn’t that what happens when the first snow falls? We watch in...

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

 “History teaches everything including the future.” -Lamartine When I stand in Prague along the Vltava River and see this view, I can hardly imagine the hundreds of years of stories and history tucked into the walls and crevices of the buildings: Prague Castle (the long, horizontal building that stretches across much of this photograph) was founded around the year 880 and is made up...

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Prague, Charles Bridge, and Sunrise in Fog

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Prague, Charles Bridge, and Sunrise in Fog

“Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.” – Raymond Chandler, from The Big Sleep If there would be one scene that defines Prague for me, it is the serpentine Vltava River winding through the city. Bridges cross the river at regular intervals, artistic in their arches, their Gothic...

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Nelahozeves Castle: the Finest Bohemian Renaissance Castle

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Nelahozeves Castle: the Finest Bohemian Renaissance Castle

“The monumental Nelahozeves Castle, one of Bohemia’s finest Renaissance castles, is situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Vltava River in the village of Nelahozeves (birthplace of the great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák), approximately 35 km north of Prague.” -from the website (Lobkowicz.cz) of the former Czech royal family, the Lobkowiczes   Music has always been an...

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