Blogs from Prague, Czech Republic, Europe - page 5


Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 19th 2013

I really wanted to see the Czech Traditional Musicians and Dancers but really didn't want to go on a commercial tour. This amazing trip has unfolded with such uncanny spontaneous manifestation I should not have been surprised when on the way to the metro an open air market was in full swing. Lo and behold they had these authentic and energetic performers. The men throw their legs in the air, tassels on their boots flying high. There were smokers made from wood barrels and the end result was the smoked fish you see. I proceeded to the Tower Park Prague, one of the few structures disturbing the unique panorama of Prague. The tower, stretching to all of 216 m, is by far the highest in the Czech Republic and during days of clear visibility it is ... read more
Czech Traditional Dress
The Dancing was Unbelievable

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 18th 2013

Auf weirdersehen Dresden, Dobr den Praha Grunes Gewold or The Green Vault was King Augustus Strong's baroque treasure chamber. The galley is outstanding, and in order to enter you pass thru a special chamber that apparently assists in keep the environment controlled, especially dust. Much of the exhibition is not under glass, but you are at all times under great scrutiny by numerous guards. The extravagant collecting tastes of Augustus the Strong and his son Augustus III developed what is today the most important collection of it's type in Eurpoe. The Dresden Green Diamond, also known as "Dresden Green", is a 41 carats natural green diamond, which probably originated in the Kollur mine in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. My mother who likes to comment "You can never over-accessorize Janie" should have met good ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 18th 2013

Castles Coats of Arms Chateaus Cemeteries Canola Fields Cathedrals Cherries Clouds Charles Bridge Concerts Conifers Ceramics Crystal Convents Classic Classical Colorful Cycling Clever Clover Casanovas Communism Crowns Chapels Ceramics Clocks Cafes Crepes Czars Composers Colossal Crafty Cobblestones Clubs Characters Christian Coins Complex Constant Changing Cheerful... read more
Czech Folk Dancers
Love the Hat
Symbol of Praha

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town May 15th 2013

We left Amsterdam bright and early in the morning and had a long 8 hour ride to Berlin. Germany is absolutely beautiful though and it made for quite the scenic drive. The language barrier was ever so present in Germany. We stopped in a little suburban town for some lunch and trying to order food was probably the most difficult experience on the trip thus far. My prior German speaking knowledge only includes no and thank you. We eventually established what we wanted to order though. we made it to our hostel and it was my favorite place so far. The interior design was such my taste. It was very eclectic and artsy feeling with unique typography on all the signs. Like my first hostel in London this one was crawling with young backpackers and tourist ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town May 8th 2013

We over slept a bit as the alarm didn’t go off, but that was really ok since today was a pretty chill day. We hadn’t really planned to do a lot of things but more just stroll around old down and the Jewish Quarter. We are at the point in the trip were we are pretty tired and our feet can’t take a lot of walking around (well might feet can’t). Jerry slept so hard and long in one position he woke up with a slight ear ache, so we spent a great deal of the day looking for an open pharmacy to buy some hydrogen proxide. In any event we went down to our breakfast, today they had the basic plus two hot items, bratwurst with onions and scrambled eggs with Vienna sausage, both were ... read more
Passage to old town square
Astronomical clock
Sites of the Square


Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Malá Strana May 7th 2013

We both slept very hard, didn’t wake up until the alarm went off at 7. Breakfast is included in the price of our room here so we took advantage of that. I want to explain what breakfast means in Europe for those that may not know or for those of you that are not on my e-mail list and might just be reading this for hints about travel. When breakfast is included in the price of the room, do not expect pancakes, oatmeal, omelets or bacon and eggs; those are American breakfast items. What you get varies from hotel to hotel and country to country, but the basics are pretty much the same: Bread, pastries, yogurt, granola or some cold cereal, coffee (usually Nescafe), juice and cheese. On occasion you may get soft boiled or hard ... read more
Charles Bridge
St. Nicholas
Terraced Gardens

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 6th 2013

We are now on the train bound for Prague. First class travel on the Hungarian rail system is not quite the same as the OBB of Austria. This is more like Italian first class where you are in cars that seat 6 people with an isle the runs the length of the car. The seats are very comfortable and recline to a flat position, only if no one is sitting across from you. Jerry and I have windows seats so we are sitting across from each other. We are sharing our car with three German (I think) men, who haven’t stopped talking yet. This is a long train ride. We left at 9:25 and will arrive in Prague at 4:30. There is a dining car so we will probably take advantage of that. Before getting on ... read more
From the Hotel Window

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Jenerálka April 28th 2013

A walk in Šárka Valley from Divoká Šárka to Jeneralka I spent the entire day on Friday proofreading doctoral dissertation chapters written by various PhD candidates. This is work I really enjoy doing but by the end of a week of Masters and PhD papers with the sun shining outside, the temperature in the low 20s Celcius (low 70s Farenheit) I find I am just about too lazy to do ONE-MORE-THING. So along about 15:00 or 15:30, I decided it was time to give up the fight to stay awake and head to the room for a nice nap. I went to the library to find Bill but he was not where the others thought he was. A student caught me and had me help him find some books he needed to work with over ... read more
Stream beside the opening hills
Yellow flowers on rocky hillside
Pub is in sight

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Radlice April 19th 2013

"The monkeys have pink, puffy butts" was the response Ava game my mom concerning the zoo. We had walked the entire zoo, which took approximately 5 hours, and that was her big report. I had to laugh. It was a great day and the weather was perfect. It wasn't too hot or too cold. It was mostly overcast, but there were quite a few moments of sunshine. Overall, I thought it was great and the animals were also busy enjoying the weather. I was happy to see that there were a lot of baby animals. They were all so cute! The were only two big disappointments. They were cleaning the seal enclosure and the seals were therefore nowhere to be found. Also, I was really excited to see the new elephant enclosure, but the elephant were ... read more
View from the top of the hill at the zoo
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town April 6th 2013

Wiping tears away, I couldn’t handle it anymore. I was about to break down sobbing. I decided to step onto the bus and tell mom that we were going to leave, which was fine with her as well. We waived our last goodbyes as Ava and I walked away. One month has gone by at lightening speed. Mom, Ava, and I traveled to three countries (Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria) and now she was on her way to the airport to return home. It was a great, busy, hectic, and most of all memorable month. I decided to focus on the positives. “Well Ava, now we can take lots of stairs and escalators.” That was enough to excite Ava for the day. My mom was scared of the fast, steep escalators in Prague, which are so ... read more

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