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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 30th 2018

Prague is awash with galleries, museums, live music and cultural events. We went to two concerts of classical music in 2 nights, the first in a castle, the second in a church. In the castle it was a string quartet and, to Phil's delight, he witnessed all of Vivaldi's Four Seasons played by a virtuoso violinist, whose speed of fingering and bowing was almost beyond belief. In the second it was an organ concert, with also a soprano and a violinist. The room trembled with the encompassing sounds. I forgot to take my camera the day we walked around the Old City. Sorry.... read more
Drinks were on this middle floatie.
The church where we heard the organ concert
A very impressive pulpit

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 29th 2018

Our Australian friend Tom Johnson, who was visiting his daughter Ellie in London, came travelling with us in Prague and Berlin. We started out with the hop-on-hop-off tour of the city which included a boat ride on the river. Czechs call the river the Vitava, but the English know it as the Moldeau, from the evocative music of that title by the composer Smetana. As usual, we tried to get a handle on the basic layout of the city so we could then plan what to do in the 4 days we had in Prague. The "Dancing House" was right across the bridge from where we were staying, so its rooftop bar became an obvious site for gin and tonics on our first night.... read more
Our airbnb was just one block from the river.
View from "our" bridge.
The famous castle and cathedral, as seen looking up from the boat.

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague March 1st 2018

We caught the 08:54 am train from Podebrady to Prague central station on the 1st March 2018. It was then on to Prague airport bus and on to Terminal 1. Set to leave temperatures of -16 behind.... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague March 1st 2018

First flight was delayed (due to the snow troubles in London) by 1 hour 25 minutes.... but we got on our way.... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 27th 2018

Skory budicek a bez rozlucky smer vlakova stanica. Bus eurolines prichadza nacas,, soferovy ukazujem mticket (sms listok) a usadzam sa na pohodlnu sedacku. Dialnicou si to valime smer usti nad labem. Tu vystupuje kompler pocernejsia resp cierna posadka. Fakt nechapem co mozu cernosi v tomto meste hladat. Co si este spominam z detskych cias ked ma sem vodila babi s dedi, tak je tu len obrovska zoo a jedno jazero. No a v skale pri meste obrovsky protivojensky kryt. Ale v nom som nikdy nebol. Po dvoch hodinach vystupujem na florenci a smer stretko s markoffom do edenu. Podla instrukcii naskakujen na spravny bus,,oznacujem si listok a uz sa valim. Eden arena resp macabi arena z vonka vyzera fajn ale vraj z druhej strany kde to neni vidiet je este neomietnuta. Sak zidi , co na ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » New Town October 22nd 2017

The legendary Danube is the European Union's longest river and one of the most popular cruise itineraries offered. Most river cruises visit 4 of the 10 countries through which its not-so-blue waters flow. No other river in the world passes through so many countries. It is the second longest in all of Europe if you include Russia and the Volga River. The name of the river originates from the a mythological source, from a Latin Roman river god, known as Danubius, or Danuvius. Additionally, the meaning can actually be derived from the ancient indigenous Slavonic tribes who called it the Great Water. The Danube runs for 1770 miles, ending up in the Black Sea via three branches. The ten countries it passes are: Ukraine, Moldova, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. It starts ... read more
Vlatava River
Europe at its best

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague October 21st 2017

Geo: 50.0878, 14.4205... read more

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 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
Traditional
More beer?
For Barry the V???

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
Inspiring
Great city!
Kafka




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