It is a distant yet very vivid memory. The memory of hearing about the Yellowstone for the first time when I was probably a 5th grader, and our geography teacher told us about this oldest national park in the world. Growing up in a nonaffluent family in a small town in North Bohemia thousands of miles away made the idea of seeing the place with my own eyes unthinkable. Not until some 20 years later.
I haven’t stopped thinking about my time in Detroit ever since I left the city so how come it took me more than a year and a half to write this down? I have been to many places all around the US before and since then, but thankfully I did not forget any of what I experienced and all the friendships I made there. How could I?
Cappadocia is a region in central Anatolia in the very heart of Turkey that does not need a lengthy introduction. It is world-known for its geographically unique landscape, and after Istanbul and the Turkish Riviera along the Mediterranean Sea, it is probably the next most desirable and sought-after destination in the country. Spring of 2018 marked my third visit in the last 10 years, and when you browse through my photographs, you will understand what kept me coming back.
When people ask me what my most favorite city in the world is, I usually give them three answers. First is Prague. Even though I wasn't born there, I lived in Prague for most of my mid and late 20s, and I expect to spend there most of my life. Second is New York, a city where I currently live and will always hold close to my heart (and my stomach). Last but not least is Istanbul, a city where I have been returning to as a visitor most often. The spring of 2018 marked my sixth visit since I had set my foot in here for the first time in 2009. And as I’m writing this photo journal six months later, there is something inside my head telling me that I will come back again soon.
One warm Saturday evening in June, I was sitting in a beer garden in New Jersey working on an episode about 10 Best Things in New York City for the Honest Guide's YouTube channel, and I got an email with an offer I couldn't have refused. Stefan Roesch, the author of The Experiences of Film Location Tourists, invited me to speak at a film tourism conference in Amman, Jordan to help Jordanian film and tourism authorities capitalize on film production and tourism and explore the country's vast array of film locations firsthand. Two years of hard work on film tourism projects in the Czech Republic have not been forgotten, I thought to myself.