Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

This week’s photo challenge topic is “treasures.” The questions asked are: What do you treasure? What’s most important to you? What I noticed from other participants is that they are taking a less literal approach than the original challenge creator.

The above photo is of the castle in Karlštejn (located in Central Bohemia), which was originally built “as a place for safekeeping of the royal treasures, especially Charles’s collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire.”¹ It towers over the small village of Karlštejn and you can’t help but notice its presence when you disembark from the train platform.

I find myself scrolling though my snapshots now and again, thinking back to my day trip a couple of years back. The castle was recommended to me as a sight to see and then I also found out that it was the castle–Das Schloß. [insert: oh good grief…here she goes again…]. This is the basis of Kafka’s castle–the strongbox that land surveyor K. just can’t penetrate. He’s spends the novel trying to gain access to the castle so he can speak with the mysterious government official known as Klamm.

Like K., I never made it inside the actual castle, but walking around it and the open air interior was still perfect. Unlike K., my inability to gain access to the rooms was due to my lack of entry payment.² The really exceptional moment is when you are standing at the top and can see the whole village below. These photos and memories are what I treasure. Below is a view walking from the train station.³

  1. History of the castle from the official website (English).
  2. Ok, so the admission is 270 koruna (~$13), but I preferred gazing at the steep stairways and looming turrets, and looking at the view from up top. Stuffy treasure rooms were not calling to me that day.
  3. On our train ride, there were 2 young Scottish brothers arguing over who would be the train conductor if the situation arose. Of course, the elder brother won by ending the conversation declaring he would be the train conductor because they’re can only be one.


  1. I, too, have visited the castle and it’s truly a wonderful place. The view is terrific, the graphic lines of the castle are so interesting that you can’t take a bad photograph of it, and it sets the imagination racing.

    For those who like to walk and take in the scenery, it’s a great walk from the train station and up the mountain through the town to reach it.

  2. “There can be only one”! That overheard children’s conversation rivals one of my favs (overheard at a Happy Chef on the M1 somewhere in the Midlands) when a little boy asked his father, “Daddy, if I were a grown up would I be a queen or a king?” (Pause for quite a few beats) “Errm, I rather think you’d be a king.” It was the pause that slayed me.

    1. I actually have a photo of myself with one of the children, because as we were walking back to the train station, we saw them with their grandfather who asked us to take a photo of the three of them. Then, he asked if we wanted a photo of ourselves with the boys. It was odd, but why not? A photograph of a strange but fun memory.

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