The World of the City Park (The Vrchlický Park)
(…) The pond fed by the waterfall seems endlessly vast. This is where the pretzel seller offers round pretzels on a stick, three pieces for a kreutzer or a large butter one for two kreutzers. Then there is a woman with red, green and blue ten-kreutzer balloons, a grocer selling candied orange peel, and a confectioner with cheap multicoloured sweets. Chubby citizens feed swans and a stork with pretzels, and little girls in white dresses, socks and white shoes press their foreheads against the cool handrails gazing at unfathomably dark water.
A crane stands on one foot all day long, and it also has one eye only. It was brought by the explorer Holub from a far, far-away place somewhere in Africa, and we are also about to set for adventures far away. (…)
Text source: KISCH, Egon, Ervín. Pražská dobrodružství. Praha: Tiskárna RP. 1968. p. 45.
Photo source: Archiv Hl. města Prahy (City of Prague Archives)