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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 22nd 2021

Everyone seems to have a list of best beer drinking cities. A case can be made for even the smallest town having a great craft beer or specialty brewery. But I am thinking more of cities where you can roam around, find bars all over the city, and making it impossible not to find a good beer or a good beer establishment. Here is "the" list from Frommer's, some of which I agree with, some rather marginal. And of course, there are omissions. Dublin-home of Guinness and a bar on every corner! Templebar, touristy but fun. Tokyo-never thought of Tokyo as a beer city, but I am willing to give it a try next visit! Munich-the Oktoberfest, and much more, always easy to find a beer party, anytime. Love Hofbrauhaus. Portland-a west coast beer haven with ... read more
A tall brew in Munich
Love the 805

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 7th 2021 3rd May - Our tour with Nikola today started in the Wallenstein gardens and then a journey on the iconic tram - Tram 22 It follows one of Prague's most scenic routes, passing by the National Theater to Staroměstská and Malostranská metro stations, and continuing up to the Belveder, Prague Castle and Pohořelec, with some stunning views along the way. The Wallenstein Gardens were built between 1623-1630, at the same time as the accompanying Wallenstein Palace. Like the Palace, they were built in the Italian Baroque style, and the Palace complements the Garden beautifully, especially the triple-arched entrance hall. The Palace is now home to the Czech Senate. The Gardens are also sometimes called the Waldstein Garden. The Prague Castle Royal Garden is just to the north of Prague Castle. It was originally bu... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague April 3rd 2021

Friday 2nd April - Czech Traditions & Folklore #heygo For the Czech people, the Easter holiday signifies the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the time of year most often associated with eggs, an ancient symbol of life and rebirth. It was believed that the miraculous power of the egg was brought out through coloring and decoration. The Days Before Easter Sunday The following is based on my experience of Easter in the Northern Moravia region. Children finish school on Ugly Wednesday (Škaredá středa), which is a good idea because they need to spend some serious time on making Easter what it should be. In the evening of Green Thursday (Zelený čtvrtek), every boy in the village equips himself with a wooden rattle (řehtačka), which is specially made for the purpose, the boys ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague February 2nd 2021 2nd February - Crossing Charles Bridge - Prague Charles IV. Monument has a sword in one hand and a foundation charter of the university in the other hand. The pedestal is adorned with images of four faculties, theology, medicine, law and philosophy. The Monument was revealed in 1849, because there were fights around it in 1848 and the statue had to be encased to be protected from damage. According to the royal astronomers, construction of the bridge commenced at the suitable, lucky time of 5:31am on July 9th 1357. In palindromic terms this time can be numerated as a sequence of ascending and descending odd numbers (135797531); these numbers are carved on the Old Town Bridge Tower. Although construction ended at the beginning of the 15th century, this famous bridge did not have the look ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 23rd 2021

12th January We started our tour in Republic Square. The large 19th century Municipal House dominates the square, and is now home to a number of bustling shops, cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. We were heading for the Old Town, walking through The Powder Gate, an ancient Gothic tower, one of the original city gates, dating back to the 11th century, it was used for gunpowder storage in the 17th-century (hence the name). The Old Town was a labyrinth of cobbled streets and arched alley ways. As we wandered through them Nikola told so many quirky & interesting stories of the medieval history of Prague. We popped briefly into the Church of St.James, more stories from Nikola about a severed and now wrinkled hand hanging to the right above the entrance. Apparently the hand belonged to ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague November 4th 2020

Well, well, who’d have thought it? Time to board a plane again, at last. And it was a last minute idea. Lockdown seemed to be easing, at least it was, if not for long. We flew out on my birthday on cheap flights with Ryan Air. Actually, we had vouchers as our trip to Puglia earlier in July had been cancelled. So, it kinda felt like it was free. There’s a bit of a vacation debate going on at the moment. Some people take the view that holidaying is a risky venture given the pandemic. We decided back then that the only ‘risky’ part would be the on the airport and on the flight. As far as I could determine my research suggested that precautions in place would mean I would be as safe flying as ... read more
Piknik Restaurant
River at night
Odd bar top

Europe » Czech Republic September 24th 2020

Pobalili sme sa, siel som pre auto, ktore som musel mat odstavene na inej ulici, bo majitelia ubytka si nepriali mat cudzie auto pred domom, pricom tam plac bol. Vsetko zvalili na susedov, ze sa im to nepaci. Na hlavnej som parkoval pri jednom dome, tam som sa pre istotu opytal majitela, ktory prave prisiel s autom ci to nevadi. Vraj nie ale bolo by dobre keby potiahnem o 2m dopredu. Ako fakt nechapem co mu tie 2m mohli sposobit, ked naokolo ziadny iny dom ani ine domy. Po dialnici smer brno, kde stale rozkopavka pri obchodaku vankovka, kde nechavam odstavene auto. Julia ma do odchodu vlaku este neaku 1,5hodku. Nachadzame kaviarnicku, na dlhu dobu posledne kapucino a sladky kolacik pre mna. Vonku krasne slnecne, v uliciach kopa ludi. Na namesti slobody rozlozene vinne stanky a ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic September 24th 2020

Vdaka julie som si splnil dochodcovsky plan, cestovat po ceskua to hned 19dni. Cul musim zacat vymyslat nieco nove na dochodok. Cesko fajn krajina co ponuka peknu prirodu, velmi pekne upravene mestecka. Co sa tyka jedla, tak po par dnoch ide cloveku ceska kuchyna krkom, kedze vsetko je de facto to iste. Nastastie to zachranuju azijske restiky, ktore vsak niekde dost luxusne. Doprava autom, nuz cesty boli v ok stavu, nepocitam debilnu skakajucu dialnicu. No ale co ma nasralo, tak rozkopavka, prakticky uplne vsade, ani jeden den sa nezaobisiel bez obchadzky (niekedy desiatky km) ci rozkopania cesty. Ubytka rozne, niekde velmi kvalitne, inde slabucke. Skoro vsade sme mali svoji sprchu na izbe, v apartmanoch aj kuchynku. Ludia tak to sa lisilo od kazdeho regionu, velmi sklamalo brno a okolie. Sever bol do pohody, zapad tiez nic ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic September 23rd 2020

Dnes ma byt pekne az do poobedia, takze ostavame v olomouci a dame si grafity tour. Tych ich tu ma byt dost a dost velke. Peisbusom cez rozkopanu krizovatku sa dostavame na horni namesti. Ludi dost. Na ranajky zapadame do fancy kaviarnicky cafe la fee. Ta ma skrytu zahradu. Kapucinko a sladke potesenie nesmie chybat. Po ranajkach smerujeme do lomenej galerie. To je taky podchod a v nom par grafitov, no ako to v podchode byva, nechybaju smeti ci pach mocu. Hned oproti je obrovske grafity krala a kralovnej s mobilom. Ono toto sme uz videli v prvy den navstevy tohto mesta ale opakovanie matka mudrosti. Zastavka v modelarskom obchode kde pre kakavo kupujem narodeninovy darcek, stavebnicu lietadla ale bez lepidla. Predavac velmi ochotny. Kaka... read more

Europe » Czech Republic September 22nd 2020

Dnes ma byt cely den pekne slnecne pocasie, tak ideme pobehat okolite mesta. Prva zastavka nas zavedie do mesta kromeriz. No ale opat to neni bez problemov, bo vydrbane rozkopavky a obchadzky na ceste. Ozaj toto nepochopim ako moze byt cela republika v kuse rozkopana. Obchadzky nas povodili po roznych dedinach, uz to vyzeralo, ze nas to bude viest az cez brno. V prerove, davam parkovaci listok za predne sklo a sup ho najst nieco sladke pod zub. Parkujeme v neakej cukrarni. Tu sme hned napomenuty nech si dame rusky, samozrejme nemam, tak davam tricko na nos a objednavam. Sadame za stol a uz rusku netreba. Stol od objednavacieho pultu asi meter. Drbnute pravidla, z ktorych ani predavacka neni moc nadsena, ona musi mat este aj rukavice na sebe. Po jedle smer podzamecka zahrada. Ta je ... read more

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