Prague, Czech Republic

Obchodní dům Kotva (Kotva Department Store), Prague, Czech Republic.

(Arch. Věra Machoninová & Vladimír Machonin, 1969-75)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

Franz Kafka’s Residence (1889-1896), Prague.

During Kafka’s early childhood, his family lived in a 17th-century house – called the House of the Minute (Minuta) with beautiful Italian Renaissance-style sgraffito frescos on biblical and classical themes – located to the left of the Old Town Hall. From this house, little Franz, accompanied by the family’s Czech cook, walked to the elementary school that Kafka described years later as “horror.”