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Memorial to the Victims of Collectivisation in Czechoslovakia consisting of metal shards in the form of a cereal crop encased in barbed wire

Victims of Collectivisation

Memorial to the Victims of Collectivisation When you take individual private companies and bring them under State control that’s called Nationalisation. When you take an entire sector of production under State control that’s called Collectivisation. In post-1948 Czechoslovakia the theory for agriculture was that as the State now owned the company or the land it … Read More

the facade of the hamleys toy shop in Prague decorated for christmas

Hamleys Toy Shop

Hamleys Toy Shop in Prague Hamleys has now CLOSED as a toyshop but the new operator has retained the old activities so it’s now called “The Playground”. I will update this post once I have visited. At first glance Hamleys Toy Shop in Prague is just selling stuffed toys and board games but it’s a … Read More

house of axes flag flying in cerna street in prague

House of Axes

The House of Axes In the New Town there’s a little street called Černa which literally means Black Street. On the entryphone to one of the apartment blocks in that street is the single word “Axes”. It is your gateway to The House of Axes because this activity is all about 90 minutes of learning … Read More

bronze memorial to czech ice hockey players with central character bohumil modry

Memorial to Eleven Ice Hockey Players

Memorial to Eleven Ice Hockey Players Surely one of the strangest memorials to the communist era is at Pšstrossova 24 in the New Town. It states that eleven ice hockey players were arrested in March 1950 and sent to prison. In fact several of these guys were either Olympic silver medallists in 1948 and/or ice … Read More

bourne identity filming locations in prague, jason bourne buys a lift in the mini

Prague and The Bourne Identity

Bourne Identity Filming Locations in Prague The first feature film of the original Jason Bourne trilogy was partly filmed in Prague in 2001 where you are led to believe you are in Zurich hence all the signage is in German. I’ve watched this film so many times and I knew most of the filming locations … Read More

prague street sign saying na prikope

Prague Streets – Na Prikope

Prague Streets – Na Prikope As you can see in the picture below there are several special Czech characters so in it’s simple phonetic form it’s like saying “na pri-copy-yay”. Currently Na Příkopě is one of the most expensive streets for renting commercial property but historically there are a number of interesting points. I cover … Read More

prague street sign called hybernska

Prague Streets – Hybernska

Hybernska – The Irish Connection Clients on my walking tours will learn that when you see “ska” at the end of a street name you can take that to mean “on the way to” or “in the direction of”. Hybernska is a road close to Republic Square which links the square to the highway. But … Read More

people eating and drinking at manifesto market florenc outdoor eating in prague

Manifesto Market Florenc

Manifesto Market Florenc (Now Closed) NOTE THAT MANIFESTO FLORENC HAS CLOSED If you are anywhere near the Republic Square area of Prague then you are a ten minute walk from Manifesto Market Florenc where you’ll find a “container city” hosting a collection of places for eating and drinking outside with covered and uncovered options. Opening … Read More

prague cafe louvre interior with customers and waitresses serving tables

Prague Cafes – Cafe Louvre

Prague Cafes – Cafe Louvre I often tell the story that in the early days with my wife when we stopped at Cafe Louvre she would say “that’s the former foreign minister” or “that was the chief of police”. By the time I looked around I would just see the back of somebody’s head. But … Read More

city street sign saying that you are entering the prague monument reserve and the prague unesco world heritage list area

Prague UNESCO

Prague UNESCO There are signs in the city like the one pictured that say you are entering the Prague Monument Reserve and hence, 95% of what a regular tourist would visit is in this area. As an old historic city you might expect several Prague UNESCO sites but you might not know that during the … Read More