Blogs from Vinohrady, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe


Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady May 25th 2019

Yesterday's activities were most assuredly not planned as part of this year's itinerary; however, given the circumstances, it could have been worse. In our experiences over the years, nothing has been more unsettling and stressful than finding ourselves in a foreign country with a medical issue. In 2014, Dee developed shingles while we were in the south of France, which required a trip to the ER in Aix en Provence. The following year, while in Paris, I went to the American Hospital there with borderline pneumonia. Then in 2017, during our around-the-world trip, I succumbed to a nasty intestinal infection for which I sought treatment in Athens, and subsequently in Nice. Last year we came away unscathed, but this year we've not been as fortunate. A few days before our departure, I strained, tore or severely ... read more
Flower bed in front of Canadian Medical building
Just what the doctor ordered!
Church of St. Ludmila

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady May 19th 2019

We lost our sea legs early this morning, as the Serenade of the Seas docked in Copenhagen around 7 AM, and we disembarked from the ship an hour or so later. After departing Helsinki this past Friday, we'd been at sea for almost 36 hours, and except for some dense, "pea soup"-type fog for most of the day yesterday, the weather and sea conditions continued to be very calm. In fact, the entire voyage was remarkably smooth, much to our surprise and relief. The past two days we concentrated on taking it easy after the exhausting 3-days we spent in Stockholm, Tallinn and St. Petersburg. We decided to forgo the shore excursion when the ship docked in Helsinki, and from what a few of the other passengers told us, we did not miss much by staying ... read more
Copenhagen to Prague
Crew celebration event
Dee's first rock climbing lesson

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady October 15th 2014

Vi fortsätter att hålla goda matrutiner. Vi lagar stora portioner av ris, pasta, grönsaker och linser. Vi lagar i princip veganskt även om vi genomgick en fas av betydande ostkonsumtion. När vi äter ute stöter vi dock ofta på patrull. I Polen och Tjeckien är definitionen av en vegetarisk rätt att man helt sonika tar bort köttet, vilket förstås är oacceptabelt för grabbar som oss. Jag har försökt diskutera tallriksmodellen med dem, men lönlöst. Efter en fin helg i Dresden och ett kärt återseende med min gamle vän Johan far vi vidare längs Elbe mot Prag. Byarna längs Elbe är sinnessjukt pittoreska vilket gjort att de lockat till sig horder av pensionärsturister som såsar runt och kollar på klocktorn och broar. Det är lite synd. Men man kan inte klaga, sträckan är storslagen med mestadels perfekta ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady July 28th 2014

Sunday 13th July After two fantastic days in Paris I was on the move again and this time headed for Prague, Czech Republic. I had looked into the costs of flying but with my luggage the prices became way too expensive and trains are pricey too. It was going to cost me a minimum of €125. So I looked into the idea of ride sharing. My Airbnb host in Montpellier, Mohamed had told me about this website called BlaBlaCars which is basically the travel version of Airbnb. People advertise where they are travelling, the different drop off points they can make and then you ride with them on their journey. I admit that it does sound a little dodgy but as I looked at the website and read peoples reviews I felt more and more comfortable ... read more
Astronomical Clock
Prague Centre
Pregnant Woman Sculpture

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady April 16th 2012

Seriously hard to leave our hotel to venture out for our last day in Prague. We've never had so many people paying attention to us and catering to our every whim. And you know how Jeanne and I love our attention! Subway to Old Town and then food immediately - of course. Walked and walked to try and find a recommended restaurant, but every establishment has at least ten letters that don't belong next to each other. Settled on one with some English words "free masons". Had to convince Jeanne they would let us in because it would be tough to survive if limited to masons. Prague has to be the cheapest city in Europe. Four beers, two appetizers, and two entrees for the equivalent of twenty five dollars. Raining again of course but now have ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady June 5th 2011

I am writing this in Karlovy Vary so do not expect me to remember all that much – apart from the fact I did not do much other than eat very fine Italian food (later). There comes a point, and I am a very lazy uninspired traveler and lack considerable ‘get up and go’ in that regard, where you can’t be bothered making much more effort in running around everywhere. If I did not get to see it, that;s my fault and I never have “must do” lists (other than the absolute basics). My “accidental tourism” rules OK? – maybe I saw it, maybe I should have etc. Anyway today was hopelessly late start – with trip to Florenc 3 metro stops on to check out bus situation to Karlovy Vary – out of metro went ... read more
Hotel Pariz
wine/food fest
olde clocks

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady July 29th 2010

Sad to leave Slovakia behind, but I have been looking forward to Prague for while, too. The train from mid-Slovakia to Prague is... Not quite the milk run, but getting there. It's certainly not a huge distance, but nevertheless took from just before 9 am to well after 4 pm. Maybe it's just me, but if your train is running behind, wouldn't it make sense to cut the length of some of the stops? Y'know, instead of 14 minutes, maybe 10 or even 12? I'm sure there's some sort of logical reason for why they can't though... At least, I'd like to think there is. Anywho, arrived in Prague, remembered belatedly that they aren't on the Euro (as I later discovered, given that the Czech Republic isn't on the Euro, there are exchange offices _everywhere_ - ... read more
Looking out over Prague
Prague from the Charles Bridge

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Vinohrady August 6th 2009

three hours of sleep over two days couldn't hinder my sampling of a true budvar. which by the way is not awesome but is a huge leap from the American version. The biggest shock so far has been being in the presence of people that would be a blast to chat or bullshit with and being unable to communicate. I have probably done more eyebrow accrobatics and goofy-ass smirks in the last two days than Gizmo and E.T. combined. The city itself is great. The lady who owns the hostel I'm staying in has a Cruella Deville look about her and has a poodle and some other kind of dog following her around constantly. The best part of the trip so far was a German woman on the plane to Dusseldorf. While waddling back cane in ... read more
Czech Chicken
Street in prague

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