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

Hamleys Toy Shop

Hamleys Toy Shop in Prague At first glance Hamleys Toy Shop in Prague is just selling stuffed toys and board games but it’s a lot more than that so it’s worth understanding what to expect. Hamleys Toy Shop in Prague used to cover an area of more than 6000 square metres over 4 floors which … 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

people sitting at tables at the svetozor jidelna in prague

Jidelna Svetozor

Jidelna Svetozor When friends come visiting the city or my walking tour clients express a wish to “go off the beaten path and experience the real Prague” then the Světozor Jidelna will be on my list of places to go. Světozor translates as “World View” and is pronounced like svee-et-oh-zor. The Jidelna Rules Why do … Read More

a representation of jan zajic on a czech national flag

Famous Czechs – Jan Zajic

Famous Czechs – Jan Zajic To set the scene you have to understand that the August 1968 invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact countries extinguished the Prague Spring freedoms. Any political or social reforms were cancelled and Czechoslovakia regressed to its 1950’s state. As was increasingly common in the late 1960s, the method of the … 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

Human League Tell Me When video being filmed at the prague Wallenstein Gardens

Prague and the Human League

Prague and the Human League The Human League were in Prague in 1995 filming support videos for the “Octopus” album. Their previous 3 albums had not been commercial successes and the Human League had been dropped by Virgin Records in 1992. They signed with the EastWest record label in 1994 to release Octopus. “Tell me … Read More

prague cannabis marijuana coffee shop advert

Prague Cannabis and CBD

Prague Cannabis and CBD After I wrote about the Prague Red Light District I had a few interesting emails not just about that but also about other “services” so I thought I’d write about a common question that comes up on my Walking Tours which will be “is cannabis legal in Prague?”. Because many shops … Read More

prague suckling pig roasting on a spit

Czech Food – Suckling Pig

Prague Suckling Pig In birthday celebrations with a group of friends it is not unusual to be out in the garden drinking and having a Prague Suckling Pig cooking in the background. The thing is it takes time. In the garden you would have to keep this turning on a spit and you have to … Read More

Prague Red Light District advert for a cabaret performance with three scantily clad girls and lots of ostrich feathers

Prague Red Light District

Prague Red Light District When Stag parties come to Prague the common question will be to ask “Where is the Prague Red Light District?” but if you are looking for sex rather than just a performance then that’s the wrong question. The correct question is “I’m willing to pay for sex, now what are my … Read More

scene showing michael hutchence from the never tear us apart video filmed in Prague

Prague and INXS

Prague and INXS For those of us in our 50s who still remember INXS and have at least two CD copies of the album “Kick” then that period between 1987 and 1997 was pretty special. I remember watching the Never Tear Us Apart video on MTV in 1988 and I remember being in a hotel … Read More