Na výletě v Utrechtu za králičicí Miffy

Kdo by to byl řekl, že se něco tak ušatého trvale otiskne do tváře města. Pojďte se mnou na jarní procházku po městě, ve kterém se narodila králičice Miffy, postavička z holandských knížek pro děti.


Kuku, Miffy! V Utrechtu si můžete zahrát na hledání bílého králíčka. Foto: Tina Sauwens/Flickr

Holanďané jí neřeknou jinak než Nijntje, ale všude jinde po světě ji znají jako Miffy. Králičí holčičku vymyslel dnes již bohužel zesnulý holandský výtvarník Dick Bruna.

V Utrechtu, kde žil a také pracoval, potkáte Nijntje na každém rohu. Má tu své muzeum, náměstí a dokonce i semafor. Její uši patří k symbolům města, stejně jako věž utrechtské katedrály.

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„Já vám něco nakreslím a vy mi něco povídejte“

Seděl tam u stolečku v „českém“ stánku a něco si kreslil do bloku.

To je Pavel Čech! On je v Bologni! problesklo mi hlavou a hned jsem to běžela říct kolegyni Štěpánce. Jo, byl tam. Jeden z nejoblíbenějších českých ilustrátorů a autorů knížek pro děti navštívil Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Holčička s knížkou

Moje radost z Bologně. Holčička s knížkou od Pavla Čecha. Pro mě.

Minuta, dvě, tři, deset. Odhodlávala jsem se dlouho, ale nakonec jsem to udělala. „Dobrý den. Promiňte, že vás ruším. Prosím, podepsal byste se mi?“

Tak jsem se potkala s člověkem, jehož knížku s heboučkým mráčkem na přebalu jsem koupila už před deseti lety v jednom maličkém knihkupectví v centru Ostravy. Moc se mi líbila a pořád ji mám.

Holčička s knížkou za pár slov

„Ukažte, já vám něco nakreslím. A vy mi zatím něco povídejte,“ usmál se Pavel Čech a vzal si můj poznámkový blok. Jenže nakonec to byl on, kdo povídal a kreslil zároveň.

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Bookworm in the Netherlands

Hello, folks!

It’s spring. Repeating. It’s spring.

Tulips in Amsterdam

Tulips in Amsterdam

As you know, I love travelling. And books. And taking pictures. Last spring I visited Netherlands. So, today I’d love to share my Dutch memories with you.

First, let me say – yes, this post is going to be especially about books and other bookish things I found there, in Holland. You know, book actually is all around.

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Wuthering Heights; A Bookworm’s Trip in Pictures

Yesterday I was with my friend who’s going to the Netherlands. She wanted to visit Hukvaldy Castle, and so we went there together. It was a beautiful sunny day but still it’s cold out there, and trees are naked…

As it was International Women’s Day yesterday, I took my old Czech version of Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë, and remembered the one and only story there, in wuthering heights. If you like it, remember it with me.

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Exploring Paris Through Children’s Books

“A new way to see Paris—could it be? Following in the footsteps of Madeline, Pascal and Hugo can turn the most jaded grown-up into a bright-eyed traveler again,” wrote Liam Callanan. Read his amazing article.

Explore Paris with Your Favourite Book Character

John S. Dykes for The Wall Street Journal

“The first remarkable sight we caught in Paris was our own 4-year-old daughter. Standing on a sidewalk in the Marais, she looked around, hands on hips, and said: ‘I think I’ve been here.’ She hadn’t—we monitor her play dates more carefully than that—but it was a delight to realize what made her think so: books.

It’s no accident that a passport is a book, and no question that books are passports. Especially Paris books, and especially in our house,” claimed Liam Callanan.

Read more about Exploring Paris Through Children’s Books in his article, or read kids’ classics from Paris: Madeline (1939), Adèle & Simon (2006), The Red Balloon (1956), The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007), Paris in the Spring with Picasso (2010), and/or Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles (2008).

Bookworm in London

Bookworm in London

When they ask, “How was the Eiffel Tower?” I answer: “We actually didn’t go. We had far more important things to see than that.” Linnea in Monet’s Garden

This kind of questions sounds quite familiar to me. I wasn’t in Paris as Linnea but last year I was in London. When I came home, people asked, “Did you visit Madame Tussauds, a wax museum?” or “Were you in the Tower of London?” or “How was the London Eye?”

No. No. I can’t tell you.

I had far more important things to see than that.

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Trips for Book Lovers: Ripping Yarns Bookshop

Ripping Yarns Bookshop

I had a dream. It was a beautiful autumn, and I was going to London. I wasn’t going to see the Tower Bridge or Big Ben. I was going to see Ripping Yarns, an antiquarian bookshop in North London, owned by Celia Mitchell, wife of poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell.

We stock a wide range of books, from poetry, drama and politics to history, music and film. We also specialise in nineteenth century children’s books.
~ Jen Campbell, the bookshop manager

Does the name Jen Campbell sound familiar to you? Of course, Jen Campbell is THE bookseller and THE writer. Ripping Yarns bookshop is a home of Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops!

Ripping Yarns Bookshop

Jen Campbell, a bookshop manager and a writer. Photo by Iona Dudley was taken from Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Facebook Page

Amongst the Shelves

In the shop you can find at least 10 000 books. Online they have about 6 000, and they are adding to it all the time. Online inventory can be found here.

We have the books, and the bookshop itself, because we like having them. We don’t make much money – in fact we usually just about break even – and the people who work with me don’t make much money either. However, we all love books and that’s the main thing, and we have quite a jolly time.
~ Celia Mitchell, the owner of Ripping Yarns

In the past many people in the arts have worked there. A lot of actresses, as well as musicians, writers and artists. Here you can read much more about the history of Ripping Yarns bookshop!

Everything a Bookshop Should Be

I’ve never been there (or I’ve been there in my dreams) but I made a research and here is the result – what people say about the Ripping Yarns bookshop:

The shop is crammed with a huge variety of stock, everywhere you look something interesting catches the eye. You could easily spend a week amongst the shelves and still never quite know what you will find next.
One Book on the Shelf

Exciting, isn’t it? Here is another quote:

Ripping Yarns in my beloved Highgate is everything a book shop should be. It is filled with used books, old magazines like Picturegoer, and old childrens books bound with ancient covers. The prices are really cheap and written in pencil inside. Come here for adult x-mas stockings. You can get a mini astrology guide for 2 pounds. ~ Rory F.

How To Find Ripping Yarns Bookshop

Address: Ripping Yarns, 355 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 4EJ. The bookshop is opposite Highgate tube station.
Telephone: 0208 341 6111
Official Website:
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, closed Mondays

People around the world were asking how the bookshop looks like. Here is a video made by Jen Campbell, so you can take a quick look at the bookshop now.

Have a great time!

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Trips for Book Lovers: Istanbul #1

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Welcome to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey! When I was here for the first time I felt like Scheherazade, the storyteller in One Thousand and One Nights. I know, Turkey is not an Arabian country but it’s Islamic land, so that you can see the Islamic/Persian art everywhere.

Today I’d love to show you one of the neatest places in Istanbul. No, it’s not Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or Topkapı Palace. It’s a different place, not so crowded and much more silent.

The place is called Sahaflar Çarşısı.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı is an Old Book Bazaar. Its history dates back to 15th century which means that Sahaflar Çarşısı has existed since Byzantine times! If you are interested in old books, illuminated manuscripts, or miniatures, you definitely MUST visit it.

“Whatever book you are looking for, the shopkeepers in this area will have it and best of all, their pricing is fair and sometimes a bargain. Many of the shopkeepers speak English and all of them know who has what and where to get several versions of the genre you are interested in. I started reading Turkish a few years ago and this is where I bought my children’s books in Turkish to read. If you are a book aficionado, you will LOVE this market.”
Traveler Review from

Calligraphies, old hand written books, maps, Qur’ans, world coins, old postcards and photographs, used books, new books (in English as well), or shadow play figures for the typical Turkish shadow puppet theatre Karagöz & Hacivat.

All these things you can find here in Sahaflar Çarşısı.

At the centre of its courtyard is a bust of İbrahim Müteferrika (1674–1745), the man who introduced printing press to The Ottoman Empire and who printed the first book in The Ottoman Empire in 1732.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Orhan Pamuk on Buying Books in Sahaflar Çarşısı

Maybe you know the most famous Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Do you? I love his novels, especially Snow.

If you love his books, then you must know that Sahaflar Çarşısı was (and probably still is) one of the prime Pamuk’s locales! He mentioned the Old Book Bazaar in his books several times, f. e. in the book Istanbul: Memories and the City.

Once he also wrote:

“Between 1970 and 1990, my main preoccupation after writing was buying books; I wanted my library to include all the books that I viewed as important or useful. My father gave me a substantial allowance and from the age of 18 I was in the habit of going once a week to Sahaflar, the old booksellers’ market in Beyazit. I spent many days in its little shops, which were heated by ineffective electric heaters and crowded with towers of unclassified books.”

The whole Pamuk’s essay that is called The Collector and says about Turkish literature and books, you can read here. It was translated by Maureen Freely.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Years ago Pamuk bought books in Sahaflar Çarşısı. Now you can buy even his novels here.

How To Find Sahaflar Çarşısı

Street: Çadırcılar Caddesi
Locality: Beyazıt
Extras: Between Grand Bazaar & Beyazit Mosque. Go to Beyazit tramstop and head for Gate 7 of Grand Bazaar, when you have it in sight veer to your left and you will be in Sahaflar Çarşısı. (Sources: The Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor)
Opening Hours: The Old Book Bazaar is open daily except on Sundays and during public or religious holidays. (Source: All About Turkey)
Entrance Fee: Free of charge

Sahaflar Çarşısı

In front of the entrance to the Grand Bazaar

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Veer to your left and you will be in Sahaflar Çarşısı.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı (česky)

Z krámku vychází mladý muž. V rukou drží placatou kolorovanou postavičku vyrobenou z kůže. Nedívá se napravo ani nalevo. Celý září. Postavičku obrací ze všech stran a konečky svých prstů se dotýká jejích okrajů.

Říkejte mu sběratel. Takové a mnohé jiné potkáte v nečekaně klidném koutu tureckého Istanbulu – v Sahaflar Çarşısı. Největší istanbulský antikvariát, který pamatuje byzantské časy, sídlí v malém dvorku jen pár kroků od Velkého bazaru. Ten jistě všichni znáte, je to největší zastřešený trh na světě.

Zatímco Velký bazar navštěvují tisíce turistů denně, do Sahaflar Çarşısı chodí jen skuteční sběratelé, nadšenci a knihomolové. Běžní turisté o něm často nevědí – jeho dva téměř neviditelné vchody jsou snadno přehlédnutelné, proto je v samotném centru antikvariátu neuvěřitelné ticho a klid.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

V dávných dobách knižní bazar proslul starými Korány a ilustrovanými knihami. Dneska tu seženete nejen knihy, ale i starožitnosti, vzácné fotografie, pohlednice, známky, mince, staré dokumenty nebo loutky na tradiční turecké stínové divadlo. Říká se jim Karagöz a Hacivat.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Uprostřed starého knižního bazaru stojí busta tiskaře İbrahima Müteferrika (1674–1745), který v roce 1732 vytisknul historicky první knihu na území Osmanské říše. Dalo by se říci, že do té doby byli sultáni proti knihtisku. Obávali se, že kvůli němu zanikne tradiční řemeslo iluminování a kaligrafie. Obávali se správně.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

„Nejste z Česka? Já to poznám“

„Hello, pojďte dál a podívejte se více zblízka,“ říká Mustafa Akyol a zve nás do svého krámku, kolem kterého visí kožené loutky Karagöze a Hacivata. Mustafa sem do antikvariátu chodil odmalička a po vysoké škole si v Sahaflar Çarşısı otevřel vlastní krám.

„Odjakživa sbírám staré věci. V Sahaflar jsem od roku 1996. Prodávám všechno, na co si vzpomenete – mince, medaile, známky, fotografie, pohlednice… Nejste náhodou z České republiky? Já to věděl. Poznám to podle rysů ve tváři,“ směje se Mustafa a na stůl před sebe pokládá placaté loutky.

„Mám tu i Nasreddina Hodžu. (pozn. – Nasreddin Hodža je legendární satirická postava z lidových anekdot.) Všechny ty věci nakupuju a potom prodávám. Chodí sem hlavně sběratelé, občas i spisovatelé. Třeba Orhan Pamuk napsal o Sahaflar Çarşısı několikrát ve svých knížkách,“ podotýká Mustafa Akyol a na památku nám daruje staré mince.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Představte si, dříve jste v jeho krámku mohli najít i reklamní letáky na fezy, což byly turecké pokrývky hlavy, které se vyráběly ve Strakonicích.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Istanbulská univerzita je hned za rohem, proto sem do Sahaflar Çarşısı chodí také studenti – kvůli levným knihám a hlavně učebnicím z druhé ruky.

Chcete-li se tam podívat, měli byste vědět, že Sahaflar Çarşısı je otevřený denně od pondělí do soboty. Vstup je samozřejmě volný, stejně jako do parku istanbulské univerzity. Určitě si tam zajděte.

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Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World #1

What a romance!

They do not care what’s happening around them, they do care just each other. Sssshhhh, they are in the library!

Library In The Bus, Istanbul

June 6, 2013. Istanbul, Turkey. Picture by Reuters was published on

Turkish lovers are kissing on the bus that was burnt-out this June during anti-government protests in Istanbul, Turkey.

And as you can see, the bus is quite unusual.

Yes, it was burnt-out, but what else? Something’s written on the bus, right? Something as KÜTÜPHANE. What does it mean? In Turkish it means LIBRARY.

What a cool idea!

I’ve heard that during those anti-government protests Turkish people created more that kind of libraries around the city, so everyone could take a book and read.

I really do like this picture. It’s full of love, hope and faith. Can you see the Turkish flag? I wish more books and more (not just burnt-out) libraries for Turkey!