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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

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

I will bet you would never come up with Antonin Dvorak as the real Father of American Music. You might guess George Gershwin, or Stephen Foster, who died at the age of 37 with 38 cents to his name. My guess would have been Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly. Antonin Leopold Dvorak (dvorr-zhak) was a Czech composer of romantic music. His most famous works are his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, "American" String Quartet, and Cello Concerto in B Minor. And for your edification, I thought there was a "z" in his name for the longest time! Antonin Dvorak in 1868 Fast forward to his arrival in the United States where he became director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City in 1892-1895. He ... read more
Dvorak Family

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 » Vysehrad October 11th 2017

This morning we walked ten minutes to Wenceslas Square, and continued on to the Powder Tower, where we were to meet our guide for the World War II in Prague Tour. I was particularly interested to hear the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the only successful killing of a senior Nazi leader during WWII. Our guide for the tour was Marketa, and she led us around the inner city of Prague, providing interesting information, showing us historical photos of key events, and taking us to the location of where those key events took place. Marketa also provided a brief history of how Czechoslovakia was formed in 1918, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I, and how the country became a Nazi German Protectorate in 1938, thanks to the appeasement policies ... read more
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