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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 21st 2017

Franz Kafka was born in Prague, now Czech Republic on July 3, 1883. He died on June 3, 1924 near Vienna, Austria. He was born into a prosperous Jewish middle class family. He was drawn to his maternal ancestors because of their spirituality, intellectual distinction, piety, and delicate physical and mental disposition. He became the oldest child after the death of his two older brothers. Ottla, the youngest of his three sisters, became closest to him. Kafka was overshadowed by a tyrannical, successful, but overbearing father, who worshipped financial success and social advancement as a shopkeeper. He attempts an autobiography (Letter to Father) in 1919 in a letter that never reaches the addressee. He blames his father for his failure to marry and enter fatherhood, as well as his escape into literature. He felt his will ... read more
Great city!

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 21st 2017

The Czech Republic has the highest per capita beer consumption in the world. More than a college campus of homecoming weekend. That amount is 160 liters per year, while the US languishes at 76 liters. That is one bottle of beer per day for every man, woman, and child!!!! But be careful, as beer can come anywhere from 6% to 19%, as determined by the amount of malt extract used in the brewing process. The beer of choice here is a pale lager of the pilsner type, with a typical transparent golden color, light flavor and lots of foam. Sounds, looks, and taste similar to ours in the U.S. Beer was made here as far back as 993 at Breznov Monastery in Prague. Brewing was done primarily in monasteries, since the Czech Republic was under a ... read more
More glasses, please!
More sausage, please!

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 21st 2017

Writer, Neil Wilson had this to say about Prague: How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents' urinal, so you can rest your head while you 'go'? For you ladies, I know that is TMI, just make sure the guy at the urinal is not your date, and ready to pass out! Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? I might like this, at least for the first or second beer. And where that beer is probably the best in the world? I have read and heard from many sources that this is TRUE!!! But it's not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back ... read more
More beer?
For Barry the V???

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 21st 2017

How about some good, cheap entertainment? As our friend Debbie says, "cheap and cheerful" is sometimes more fun. The famous Lennon Wall- If you have friends who’ve been to Prague, you may recognize this wall from their profile pictures, but this wall is more than just a good photo op. The wall’s origins go back to when Prague was still under a Communist regime. In 1988, a group of young Czechs started writing grievances with the regime in protest, including John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles’ songs, which led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on Charles Bridge. Today, layers and layers of new marks and messages cover the original Lennon portrait, and the wall represents global ideals of love and peace. If you stop by multiple times throughout your trip, ... read more
The Bridge of Chaz
More Square
Beautiful at night

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 4th 2017

Where did the term, Iron Curtain get coined first? From the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences: The term iron curtain was coined by the British author and suffragette Ethel Snowden in her book Through Bolshevik Russia (1920). In her very early and negative critique of the Bolshevik form of communism, this British feminist referred to the iron curtain simply as the contemporary geographical border of Bolshevik Russia in 1919 (‘We were behind the ‘iron curtain’ at last’). At the end of the Nazi regime in url= the minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, used the term in a journal article and several times in his private diary in Februa... read more
Serious business
Reminds me of Berlin

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 2nd 2017

I have not played chess since I was last snowed in during a heavy storm in Evergreen, Colorado. But Czech mate or not, this country, formerly Czechoslovakia, became the Czech Republic after the peaceful Velvet Revolution of 1989. The Communists were ousted, allowing democratic rule and a true market economy to begin on January 1, 1993. The Velvet Divorce created the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Czech joined NATO in 1999, and the European Union in 2004. Why do tourists love to visit the Czech Republic? Obviously, the beer, always ranked the best in the world, according to serious beer drinkers. The invented (in 1118) the best beer in the world, and continue to reinvent beer through its innovative microbreweries. Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of ... read more
Chaz Bridge
gourmet treat: hot chocolate
Beautiful Prague eve

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder September 6th 2017

From a similar trip in 2011: Perhaps one of the most unique and enjoyable small college towns is Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, and numerous athletes in training. I have had the good fortune to visit and stay many times in the past, primarily for business, but also for après ski and to play tennis. It ranks up there with many of the cutest little college towns, and perhaps the most charming in the western United States. A bonus is the famous Pearl Street Mall, a magnet for students, shoppers, runners, cyclists, people watchers, and street performers. Outside Magazine rated Boulder the number one sports town in America. I would rank it almost as high as Queenstown, New Zealand. With the Rocky Mountains as a backyard, Boulder offers hiking, cycling, and climbing, along with ... read more
Pearl Street Mall
The great outdoors
Morning on the mall

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver September 6th 2017

Save all to OneDrive - Personal I have been to Denver probably close to twenty times. It is always a great place to visit, dine, drink, carouse, and watch my Giants beat the Rockies. Perhaps these are some more interesting things to do. 1. Win a dildo at erotic bingo. Mooney's in LoDo has Bingo every Monday at 7pm. It is also called "Forbidden Bingo" as a sexy play on the popular senior citizen game. You can also win blow up dolls, and vibrating rings. Most importantly, drinks are 50% off until 11pm. 2. Head over to Barcade for a modern take on "bar meets arcade" that only Denver can do. They have both classic and modern arcade games, 45 games... read more
Home to great microbrews
My favorite naked bike race

North America » United States » Colorado » Colorado Springs September 5th 2017

Once upon a time, in a previous life, I had a client in Colorado Springs for a few years. I must have visited at least 3 or 4 times, never got a chance to see much, other than a drive through the Garden of the Gods, and an even quicker drive through the Air Force Academy. But the city has always been touted as one of the best places to live in America. Maybe we should investigate further? First, we are a mile above sea level at 6,035 feet, and bordering famed Pikes Peak, at over 14,000 feet. Most significantly to young, promising athletes with Olympic aspirations, Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center (1977). The city is often called Olympic City, USA. San Joaquin Valley (Tulare) legend ... read more
Springs party
Brew one for me!!!!

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver September 5th 2017

From a trip in 2011: The Mile High City of Denver was once my second home. I stopped there after almost every trip from the Midwest or East during my business travel days. I even had a set of skis and boots in Evergreen, the toney western metro area of Denver. I would stop there and have my friends Bill, Vern, Ed, Kurt, Art, or John pick me up at the airport. Even the erstwhile mafioso wannabee, Arturo N. from Jersey was part of the plan. After a short evening of rest, we headed out to nearby Winter Park, Keystone, Arapahoe, or Copper Mountain for a day of skiing. We often hit the hot springs in Georgetown on the way home. They often threw me onto the last flight out in the evening back to the ... read more
Look what I won!!!
Denver dog
The Denver Library

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