Saturday, 19 June 2010

Rus in Urbe

Here it is again, that venerable transport that speeds us on our way across the city on the most popular route in town (just beware the pickpockets on this one). Trams on this route are nearly always full because they interconnect with three metro stations in quick succession: Náměstí Míru, I.P. Pavlova (the dog man not the dancer - the final 'a' is a possessive ending, since its Pavlov's station), and Karlovo Náměstí (Charles Square) named after Emperor Charles IV, of Bridge and University fame.

The Czechs are great gardeners, and they have conspired with Nature here by using wild flowers to give an impression of the countryside in the heart of the metropolis: 'rus in urbe' as they say. These borders, in Náměstí Miru, have been planted by council employees, of course; but there is evidence of a more unusual horticultural phenomenon taking place across the city. Groups of self-styled 'garden guerillas' are making it their mission to 'parachute' into your area, particularly if it's an unloved concrete backwater, and plant bushes and shrubs by night, so that you wake up in the morning with a little more light in your dreary existence. Now isn't that a wonderful thing? To read more about these saviours of the soul, click here. If like me your Czech isn't up to much, there are at least some great pictures of recent revolutionary activity.


Luis Gomez said...

Great post. I have heard of the Australian garden guerrillas didn't know they were there as well.

Jilly said...

What a lovely shot. Love the idea of the flowers so near to the trains.

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