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Does comparison matter?
I had heard many good things about the city of Prague in the Czech Republic; the magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church spires. So, when the opportunity arose recently, I decided to spend a few days there with my son as we both love visiting and getting to know different places.
I certainly found it to be a very attractive city, but perhaps not to the extent that I had envisaged it to be – and I think I know the reason why.
Last year, we both visited the city of Budapest, in Hungary. While both cities offer much to entice photographers seeking an architectural feast, my photographic experience of both was very different. Budapest, although a big city, seemed to offer more open space and options for composition, whereas Prague, despite being undeniably beautiful, felt almost crowded and cramped by comparison.
It can be disappointing when a city does not meet your expectations, but then again, is it right to do comparisons? How would I feel about Budapest if I compare it with Venice?
One thing is for sure: Prague is a very vibrant city, the locals are very friendly and their own version of hot dog, using a baguette, is superb.
Dimitri Vasileiou, Editor of LPM