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prague manes exhibition hall with blue sky framed by trees as viewed from slavonic island

Manes Exhibition Hall

Mánes Exhibition Hall The Mánes Exhibition Hall, or to give it its full name “The Building of the Mánes Society of Fine Artists” is on the riverside one block up river from the National Theatre but if you aim for Slavonic Island you’ll see the large white building from the main road. In Czech, Mánes … Read More

Prague Pride Parade gathering on wenceslas Square with rainbow banners

Prague Pride

Prague Festivals – Prague Pride Throughout July and August you’ll see Gay Pride events taking place all over Europe. In Prague it’s usually at the beginning of August although dates vary. Prague Pride has grown from a small gathering of Czech people in a park to the massive multi-cultural-multi-lingual week long event that you’ll experience … Read More

czech 19 korun postage stamp with the graphic image of film director milos forman

Milos Forman

Famous Czechs – Miloš Forman Ask the average person what film directors they have heard of and it will be a pretty short list including Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg I imagine. Now ask your average Czech person and they’ll probably reel off a dozen names off the top of their head without even thinking. … Read More

Prague Goulash - Beef, Bread Dumplings, Onions and Hot Pepper

Czech Food – Goulash

Czech Food – Prague Goulash It’s a Czech staple. For tourists it’s number one on the list of Czech food to try and it’s never the same in any two restaurants so welcome to Prague Goulash. Once upon a time they made the goulash and you waited for three days before eating it. Since we … Read More

anastacia video pride deeper love with anastacia standing on stone steps with metal railing

Prague and Anastacia

Prague and Anastacia Video Filming Locations You’ll find many videos entitled “Anastacia – What Can We Do (Pride – Deeper Love)”. Now tell me on which Anastacia album you will find this track? I’ll save you some time by telling you not to bother looking because the fact is Anastacia never released this as an … Read More

prague cafe imperial ceramic oriental ceiling decoration

Cafe Imperial

Prague Cafes – Cafe Imperial Architectural Gem When I first visited the Cafe Imperial in 1996 it was because I worked about 200 metres away. In those days despite the stunning interior it was just a “regular cafe” called the Imperial Kavarna and the hotel certainly wasn’t five star back then. People with long memories … Read More

czech food smazenka egg mixed with breadcrumbs topped with pickles and onions

Czech Food – Smazenka

Czech Food – Smaženka You won’t find Smaženka in restaurants as it is very much a lunchtime snack food which you are most likely to find in a bakery or small cafe catering to local Czechs. Literally the name means “something little which is fried” so let’s find out what to expect. Is Smaženka an … Read More

121 cobbled steps leading to the east side of prague castle

Old Castle Steps

Prague Attractions – Old Castle Steps When Prague Castle first began construction on the Opyš hill in the 9th Century it was always envisaged that there would be two entries. One from the west via what became known as the White Tower. The other was from the east which became known as the Black Tower. … Read More

The Traffic Light Alley in Prague Lesser Town. A narrow alleyway with steps leading down to the river vltava

Traffic Light Alley and Restaurant Certovka

The Traffic Light Alley and Restaurant Čertovka Over the years without doubt the most common question I get stopped in a street for is “which way is the Charles Bridge?”. Another popular question has different forms like “where is the little street with traffic lights?” or “where is the traffic light alley?” or “where is … Read More

Czech Memorabilia shop called Bric a Brac in the form of a street sign

Bric a Brac

Bric a Brac – Czech Memorabilia Imagine that you could transport yourself back in time to various decades of the 20th Century and see what sort of things you would find in regular Czech apartments. In Prague that’s pretty simple. You just go to a shop called Bric a Brac. The term “Bric-a-Brac” largely translates … Read More