The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Church Flirt

The church is freezing, though it isn’t particularly cold outside. Suddenly even attending Mass seems an exceptionally pious act.

The tourists walking through blow steam from their lips. They clasp their hands to warm them, though it’s a good gesture in case they also want to make a petition. The ceiling in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle is blue with golden stars. A woman gazes up at these stars, her scarf falling away from her red nose. An Italian man had grown distracted by the relics ages ago and began circling this woman instead. Finally moved to courage, he move close to her, “Wie gehts?” She raises an eyebrow first, then cocks her head in his direction, as though she isn’t too sure, but it seems someone is nearly standing on her feet.

She blinks. He grins. “Wie gehts,” he tries once more.

She must shake her head in English.

He adapts, “Oh! It’s German for ‘how are you?’ I thought you were a German.” To this she gives no reaction, but she lets him stand close as she moves to a set of candles, and he puts his arm around her waist to guide her.

–Prague, Czech Republic.

St. Vitus, Prague, travel photos, churches
Lookout, St. Vitus, Prague, church photos, travel, tourism

10 comments on “The Church Flirt

  1. anglophiletoad
    November 28, 2012

    Wow! All this time and the line I was looking for was “I thought you were a German”…

    Who knew?:o)

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 28, 2012

      Haha! I was shocked at how it seemed to work. Perhaps she was just being polite (maybe a Midwesterner). 🙂 Give it a shot next time and let me know!

  2. iggandfriends
    November 28, 2012

    Love the photos – brought back fond memories. Story made me smile! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. journeyman1977
    November 28, 2012

    lol enjoyed this one 🙂 awesome pics as always, Paige 🙂

  4. petchary
    November 28, 2012

    How lovely! A blossoming romance in a beautiful place.

  5. ramblingsfromamum
    November 29, 2012

    Are you Czech Paige? This brought back memories of my visit there…Prague is my fathers birthplace. If you are – Děkuji. This post is beautiful, if you are not..it is still beautiful 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 29, 2012

      Oh wow! 🙂 I learned to say “Děkuji” in Prague, and said that to the security guard in this exact church. I have a note that he beamed when I sad it. 🙂 Alas, not Czech, but I did love my visit to Prague.

      • ramblingsfromamum
        November 30, 2012

        🙂 It is a beautiful country and your post took me back so thank you Paige.

  6. Arpon Files
    December 1, 2012

    Excelente relato, hermosas fotos!! Saludos

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