Visiting Prague Through Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Posted 3 December, 2011 by Amanda / 26 Comments

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the pictures of Prague that I have posted while I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  I can only imagine the challenges of setting a book in such a well-known city, and attempting to describe the city in a way that does it justice.  Because, quite frankly, Prague is amazing.  I was there for one short weekend, and though it was not long enough to explore the city the way it deserves, it was long enough to leave a permanent imprint on my mind.  Reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been an adventure in journeying back to Prague, and let me assure you that Laini Taylor has done an amazing job at capturing the beauty of Prague.

I have over 200 pictures from my weekend in Prague, but rather than assault you with photos, I have chosen a few that have been accurately described in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

The castle on the hill (upper right corner) with Charles Bridge

The Jewish Cemetery, which was so aptly described that I damn near squealed in delight (which just seems wrong given the subject matter)

The absinthe you find (and drink)

The vendors/artists that line Charles Bridge (and the statues as well)

More Charles Bridge

The Cathedral near the castle on the hill.

What are your thoughts/reactions?  Have you been to Prague?  Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

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26 Responses to “Visiting Prague Through Daughter of Smoke and Bone”

  1. :o Okay, so, I’ve never been to the Czech Republic at all. I always wanted to visit Prague but so far it hasn’t happened. Sooo I can vouch for how perfectly Laini described Charles Bridge because that is EXACTLY as I imagined it… Wow.

    • I think that part of the reason why I loved this book so much is how PERFECT the descriptions were. I would read a line or two and my own pictures would leap into my head because I knew EXACTLY what was being described.

  2. That one with the Charles Bridge and THE SKY is absolutely amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. And I’m so jealous that you’ve been there! Reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone only increased my desire to do so.

    • Everyone must visit Prague! When my friends and I went, we took a river boat tour (which is how I got a picture of the bridge from the water). It was GREAT, in English, and it was funny because we were the only native English speakers there. Heh. :)

  3. I have never been read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I HAVE been to Prague. The pictures brought back so many memories for me and makes me want to read the book even more.

    Seeing the Jewish Cemetery was particularly surreal for me because it is one of the saddest places I have ever been. Is it odd that I often feel like I am one of the only people who have ever been there? Well now I have proof that isn’t true and it makes me feel better about Cemetery because I always think about it at these odd times and try to discuss it, but it is hard to explain.

    Like I said, now I MUST read the book.

  4. Rain Maiden Jen

    Wow! I have never had the pleasure of leaving the U.S. to travel abroad. After seeing your pictures, I want to read the book. I hope you post your review soon…I hope I didn’t miss it.

    • Oh, you silly. Of course you haven’t missed my review. It won’t publish until January 4th. ;)

      I’ve been abroad just once (unless you count Canada, in which case that would be twice) to study for four months in Germany. Prague was one of the few places I traveled to while I was there and it was SO worth it.

  5. Colleen @ Les Livres

    How beautiful! I would love to tour Europe someday. I lived in Sicily for a couple of years as a kid, and I’ve been to England and Scotland, and made a very brief stop in Germany while waiting for a flight, but I’ve never REALLY gotten the chance to spend time in mainland Europe.

    I can’t wait to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone so I can read about these places you’ve posted pictures of. :)

  6. Sadly I have not yet read this book. *sniff*

    That cathedral is amazing. I really love Gothic cathedrals. Probably my favorite piece of architectural history. The picture of that graveyard is pretty cool too!

  7. Gasp! You posted them! They’re GORGEOUS!! What’d you take them on? DSLR? The B&W ones especially–they KILL me.

    Have to read this damn book. NOW!

    • Nope. I have a Canon PowerShot SD camera. It’s a point and shoot, but with extra capabilities, like black and white.

      • Ugh, that is so NOT FAIR. I have a Nikon DSLR, and I swear you’ve gotten some better photos there than I have on my el-fancy camera have the time! Gorgeous.

        • I love photography and I take A LOT of pictures. Everything takes practice. :) If it makes you feel better, I’d kill to have a DSLR. I have a film SLR camera, but it doesn’t quite allow me to experiment the way I could with a DSLR.

        • Colleen @ Les Livres

          It’s because Canon is freaking AWESOME. :P

          I finally got a new camera, and I got the Canon Rebel T2i. My dad’s used Nikon for years, though, and he’s happy with that brand. I’m just not a huge fan because my Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot was pretty junky, and I fell in love with Canon from the first moment I shot with one. :)

          • HA! Well, Nikon and Canon are the leading brands in SLR cameras. I’ve had a couple point and shoot Canons so far and adore them, and would end up getting a Canon SLR whenever I can afford it.

  8. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    You TAKE AMAZING Pictures! Seriously they are just beyond beautiful!

    I have DSAB on my Birthday/Christmas list :)

  9. SO lovely! I am insanely jealous and you have made the mammoth travel bug inside me start flapping it’s wings furiously!! Thanks for sharing!