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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.

Miffy
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).

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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
Photo was taken from Weird Things Customers… Facebook Page
Ripping Yarns Bookshop
Photo was taken from Weird Things Customers… Facebook Page
Ripping Yarns Bookshop
Photo was taken from Weird Things Customers… Facebook Page

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!

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Trips for Book Lovers: Istanbul #1

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.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

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. It’s very silent.

The place is called 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.

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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 iDNES.cz

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!