Jip a Janneke: Mikuláš je tu!

Tahle knížka zdobí svět. Ilustracemi i příběhem. Celé dva týdny v Holandsku jsem se na ni těšila! Rozuměj: škudlila peníze, abych si ji mohla koupit.

Jip & Janneke

Knížečka o dvou holandských dětech, jak prožívají příchod sv. Mikuláše, mě dojímá dodnes. Připomíná mi skvělých čtrnáct dní v holandském Utrechtu a taky jak jsem před dvěma lety v Goudě vítala Mikuláše. Ale hlavně mi připomíná dětskou radost z obyčejných věcí. Té je v knihách s Jipem a Janneke neúrekom.

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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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Shakespeare Is Watching You

Shakespeare is watching you.

A bookmark I bought in the Shakespeare’s Globe. I call it “Shakespeare is watching you”. Everytime I see it, I remember the absolutely gorgeous time I had in London a year ago, and everytime I see it, I promise myself: “Yes, yes, I’ll travel again.”

New work week! New work week!

Oh, cool. I’m so tired.

But–

All my dreams come true. My friend is going to the Netherlands, and she invited me to visit her. I was there last year but couldn’t see all places I’d love to. This will be a very beautiful trip, I suppose. And–

My another friend is going to the United Kingdom in summer, and she invited me to visit her. (I think all my friends are angels.) She’d love to see Pemberley (aka Lyme Park), so it’s possible we’ll visit it together. Finally.

This is what I live for now.

I couldn’t write for Bookworm’s Diary because I was too busy at work (again). Hope it’ll be better very soon. I’ve got so many things, and books to write about, and so many beautiful movies are at the cinemas! Wherever you are, whatever you do, be happy, and let your dreams come true ’cause Shakespeare is watching you.

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).

Welcome to Izmit, Turkey

This is the most beautiful place in Izmit (Kocaeli), Turkey. It’s called Seka Park. If you are in Izmit (not Izmir, it’s a different city), go to the Seka Park – have a long brunch with your friends, play Okey, drink çay, be Turkish.

Seka Park in Spring

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Seka Park in Summer

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Seka Park in Autumn

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Seka Park in Winter

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Did you know that Turkey is the land of tulips? Many people think that the origin tulip land is Holland/the Netherlands. Well, where would tulips be without Turkey? :)

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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