Tick tock goes the clock. Tick tock here at the Astronomical Clock (Orloy) in Prague, and then tick tock there at the Anker Clock in Vienna. Below are two of the most famous clocks of the world together. Or against each other? Personally, I don’t have a favourite. The Astronomical Clock is a stunning mammoth of a timepiece, whilst the Anker Clock has Joseph Haydn and Maria Theresia waltzing ’round… From the mechanism that keeps the hands moving to the face we are looking up and up at – I’m just fascinated by the workmanship that went into creating these clocks.
Let’s just wind the clock back to the beginning. The Orloy dates back to the early fifteenth century, which makes it roughly five hundred years the senior of the Art Nouveau Anker Clock. That is some age difference! They both look like elders, but I would have guessed them to be around the same oldness. Many myths and urban legends surround the Astronomical Clock, not too surprisingly (in a city of alchemists and magic?), my favourite being the one with the nodding skeleton. I will have to go back to Prague to see it move, but while in Vienna I managed to catch the daily figure parade of the Anker Clock. Getting to meet all of its ‘residents’ at once was pretty swell.
Tick tock here comes your moment. I have only got to spend a short amount of time admiring these clocks, but what a well spent few minutes those were!
Tick tock, ready or not, your time is up. The Anker Clock is pretty straightforward, you just have to arrive in time and you will get to enjoy and understand it instantly. The Astronomical Clock is a little bit more manifold. Where I only see the Sun and the Moon and the figures mounted around the dial, if one has the time and knowledge one might be able to decipher the secrets of the universe… Just might.
The more colourful and bold looking they are, the more drawn to them I become. Multi-coloured façades I heart them – and seek them out everywhere I go. Painted in rainbow hues, Neal’s Yard is an art lover’s delight. Hidden down in a narrow pathway near Covent Garden, this quiet little courtyard is now one of my favourite spots in London. This out-of-the-way whimsical corner of the city, home to new age beauty shops and healthy food cafes brimful of personality, is just so cheerful and fun looking – it’s impossible to resist its charm. (And why would you want to?)
I’ve added Neal’s Yard to my list of places to see in London after discovering it on Instagram and am so glad I took the time to find and see this place on my last visit (back in November)! I just couldn’t get enough of these colourful walls and window frames. So much pretty. And seeing Neal’s Yard brought back fond memories of this trip to Vienna where we spent most of our time chasing down Hundertwasser sites. 😉
From the different coloured and unevenly designed flats of the renowned Hundertwasserhaus apartman complex to the KunstHausWien, a museum designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser himself this colourful pocket of Vienna (situated in the 3rd district) is a real stand out and a must see. And just look at all the plants covering the walls and growing on the rooftops!! So green, so gorgeous.
The route I rec’d would be to begin at Hundertwasserhaus, soak in as much of the colourful details of the houses as you can, have a quick pit stop at the Toilet of Modern Art in the basement of the art gallery, maybe buy a souvenir, and then make your way to and into KunstHausWien – the building with the unique looking mosaics and columns, also known as one of my all time favourite museums.
Aww, just thinking about these colourful places gives me such a wanderlust. Good thing I’ll be visiting Burano in a couple of weeks…