The driver didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Czech, so this was going to be an interesting ride to the hotel. It was only early evening but I’d been traveling for the better part of the day; tired and hungry, I’d skipped impatient/frazzled mode and landed right into auto-pilot. I knew enough tourist Czech to respond to basic questions having memorized a few phrases before my trip so long as they were spoken to me s-l-o-w-l-y and repeatedly, but naturally got flustered when it came time to use them. Determined to be polite, I carried on with the conversation. While I remember most of my responses, I’m not entirely sure what his questions were so I’m guessing here, but as he seemed more confused than insulted, I breathed out a sigh of relief when I stepped out of the car.
“Where are my red hose?” Matthew clomped downstairs and scowled at the boxes scattered all over the ground floor. […] In Prague, it was now the eleventh of March and the children and Pierre had yet to arrive.
—Shadow Of Night, Ch. 27 real-time reading
In Shadow Of Night, Diana and Matthew have just arrived in Prague, so it seems only fitting to celebrate with a few Prague souvenirs we collected last January.
Our insatiable wanderlust combined with our love for the All Souls Trilogy has taken us to a truly enchanted city where Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo live side by side in perfect harmony. Welcome to Prague, the city of a hundred spires!
By exploring Diana & Matthew’s Prague, you’ll discover beauty at every turn, especially when you’re committed to walking everywhere looking for doorway signs, sgraffito-decorated buildings, and secret passageways not marked on Google. Those passageways have become an obsession because, let’s face it, “beating Google” can be a lot of fun! Net-net: bring your most comfortable shoes to walk on uneven cobblestones, and a camera (or phone) with extra large storage because you’ll want to take hundreds of pictures.
In part 1, we explore Malá Strana, the neighborhood under Prague Castle.
He [Matthew] went off into the woods on the other side of the moat and came back with a tall fir tree for the great hall, which he draped with tiny white lights that shone like fireflies.
We have neither a tall live fir tree, nor a great hall, but we crafted a few decorations you can add to your Christmas tree. At least until some merchandise is available, the only way to have All Souls-inspired Christmas ornaments is to make them ourselves. And as an extra touch, you can Yule ornaments with moon and stars.
It’s hard to believe another year has gone by!
“Whenever something like that happens, you can bet there’s a timewalker nearby,” explained Sarah.
There’s definitely a timewalker in our neighborhood since it’s time for the All Souls Holiday Shopping Guide − Third Edition.
Unless you want to go “Phoebe style,” with gifts that are handmade or hand-me-down, we’ve compiled The Tenth Knot’s picks under $28. In our top picks, you’ll find a few options from talented “All Souls artists.”
I kept this for you.
It was our first indication that you were going to be a great witch. Maybe you’ll need it one day.
Lots of love, Mom
We love Rebecca’s letter to Diana!!
To celebrate, we have a mega-giveaway jointly with All Souls Con, Daemons Domain, and Daemons Discuss.
[by Laura V.]
If the Auvergne wasn’t in your bucket list, you will want to add it after seeing all the magnificent photos that Christine has taken during a recent visit to Château Dauphin (Pontgibaud), Deborah’s inspiration for Sept-Tours in the Auvergne. If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, she’s posted several pictures on her Instagram feed, @Chrystylen.
We were completely mesmerized by her photos, so we decided to contact her. She was very generous to chat with us and allowed us to share her pictures in this post. We learned that Christine lives in the Auvergne (lucky gal!), so the All Souls Trilogy is very special to her. Anyone wants to join a tour?