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The Prague Astronomical Clock

Dec 3, 13:49 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing )

The Prague Astronomical Clock (called Prazsky orloj in Czech) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in this town; something on what almost every Prague visitor is about to take at least a brief look. Lets have a bit closer look on this adorable tower clock now.

The Prague Astronomical clock is situated on the tower of Old Prague City Hall on Old Town Square. Its beginnings are dated back to the late Middle Ages, to the times, when astronomical clocks were constructed in various place in Europe. Probably in 1410 were constructed the oldest parts of Prague clocks – the mechanical clock and astronomical dial, by Mikulas of Kadan and by Jan Sindel, who later became a professor at Charles University in Prague. In about 80 years later, there were added the calendar dial and façade was decorated with the late Gothic style sculptures. In 17th century were added the baroque style moving sculptures in the upper part, from which the Skeleton is the most popular one. And only in 1865 – 1866 was added probably the most famous component of the whole thing – the sculptures of moving Apostles, hidden behind the windows, which are opened every full hour, and visitors can thus watch Apostles walking around, which is sometimes even followed by applause. In 1870 was the calendar bellow the clock decorated by paintings on golden background by famous Czech painter Josef Manes.

During the centuries passing by, the astronomical clock was often broken so it often needed to be repaired. The greatest damages were caused by Nazi army on 8th of May 1945, shortly before its capitulation in occupied Czechoslovakia. But fortunately, astronomical clock was repaired, although the great effort was needed, it started to work again in 1948 and now can be still admired both by Prague inhabitants and visitors.

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Petrin Hill

Sep 16, 21:28 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing )

Rose Garden on Petrin Hill If you are in Prague, Petrin Hill is definitelly a place which is worth visiting. This hill, which is located in the very centre of Prague, is really popular among both Prague citizens and visitors. Not only because it is a big green area, a piece of calming nature in the bustling city, which would be enought to make it a popular place, but it has even more to offer.

Petrin has 327 metres of height. The name of the hill can be dated back to the 12th century, when Czech chronicler Kosmas wrote about it in his chronicles as about rocky place. Since he wrote it in Latin, and Latin word for rock is “petra”, Czechs started to use the modification Petrin to name the hill aftewards.

Petrin is among Czechs also known as a place for lovers. It is hard to say why exactly, but Prague lovers do not ask why, just go there for romantic walks or dates. There is even a sculpture of Karel Hynech Mácha, a kind of lover´s patron. He was a famous Czech poet, his dramatic love poem Máj (May) is probably the best know Czech poem ever and almost every Czech knows its first verses by heart.

But of course, Petrin is not a place only for couples in love, it´s trees, areas of grass or flowers planted here can please everyone. And as I said already, there are also other attractions.

Very famous is Petrin Observatory Tower, one of dominants in Prague´s views (from Charles Bridge for example…). It was buitl in 1891 as a 5 times smaller model of Paris Eiffel Tower. If you go up, you can enjoy fantastic view over the city and even further.
Very close to the Tower is situated a Petrin Maize. If you go in, you fill find yourself between mirrors caricaturing your appearence, in one you will look extremely slim, in another too short and so on.

On Petrin Hill, there is also located Stefanik´s astronomical Observatory and old Saint Lawrence Church. And there is even a possibility to refresh oneself in Nebozízek Restaurant. It is just the great place if you want to escape the rush of the city streets for a while.

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Charles Bridge is being repaired

Sep 7, 12:10 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing )

Charles Bridge from the Vltava River Charles Bridge is propably the most popular attraction among Prague visitors. And this famous historical monument, which lately celebrated 650 years of it´s existance, is now about to be reconstucted. The reconstruction is planed to be extensive and should take a long time. But don´t worry, the bridge wont be fully closed because of it, they will do it part by part. And the fact, that people will be able to watch workers at their work is even supposed to be a kind of matter of interest for the vistitors.

First works on the bridge already started at the second half of August. In the beginning, works are focused on reparation of sewer system, then the bridge deck. Later the rail should be also repaired, and old-fashioned and romantic gas lightening should be lead in.

The repairs were prepared a long time in advance. They should cost about 220 millions Czech krowns and will be observed also by archeologists and conservationist, to make sure, that historical value of this wonderful bridge won’t be demaged anyhow. This repairs will be done always only from March till November, not in the winter, and according to the plan it should be finished by the end of June 2010. Let’s hope that it will go well and make the bridge even more beautiful.

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Saint Johannes of Nepomuk – one of Czech patrons

Aug 16, 21:33 (Filed under: People, Prague sightseeing )

Johannes of Nepomuk Probably the most popular of sculptures of Charles Bridge is the sculpture of Johannes of Nepomuk (Jan Nepomucký). It is that one you can touch and make a wish, if you have already heard of it. This sculpture is the oldest and the only one made of bronze among all those at Charles Bridge. It was made in the early 1680s.

Under the bronze sculpture of the saint are two relieves, also made of bronze, depicting two important scenes of his life. And folk-tale says, that if you touch special parts of those relieves, it brinks you good luck and you can wish something. Those parts to be touched are easy to recognise – they are much brighter and polished due to often touching then other parts of relieves. And sometimes people even stay in line to wait to touch them.

Johannes of Nepomuk lived in 14th century and due to legend he refused to tell king Wenceslas IV. what his wife told him during the holy confession, so king ordered his soldiers to throw Johannes into Moldau (Vltava) River, where the saint drowned. The confession of queen Zofia (Sophia) is depicted on the first relieve, the scene of soldiers throwing Johannes into the river on the other one.

Cult of Johannes of Nepomuk was very strong in the Czech land in the 18th century in baroque period, when a lot of his sculptures and churches dedicated to him were made. He was canonised in 1729.

Read about other Czech patrons

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Prague Castle Palace Gardens

May 2, 09:09 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing, Prague walks )

Palace Garden at Prague Castle attract many people to relax During my first walks around Prague Castle some years ago, I noticed many pretty gardens below it, but I thought they’re private property, no trespassing, etc. Luckily, I was wrong, as there is historically formed connected belt of greenery gardens available to public, and these are: Ledeburg Garden, Small and Great Palffy Gardens, Kolowrat Gardens, and Small Furstenberg Garden (Great Furstenberg Garden is being reconstructed and is not open to public)

Actually, these gardens are not only open for walks, but also for private parties, concerts, weddings, etc. I will not write much about their history, I just want to mention these sightseeing gardens offer really nice view of Prague panorama, and can be a suitable place to walk and relax in this lovely cultivated area.

On May, the gardens are open from 9 to 19, next summer months even longer. The place is right in the centre, no need to travel far, the address is Valdstejnske namesti 3 (very close to metro line A Malostranska). And to mention the entrance fee, it is 79 CZK (49 CZK reduced), and optionally, 20 CZK to Ledeburg gallery.

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Outlook over Prague from Zizkov Monument

Mar 26, 14:26 (Filed under: Prague walks, Prague sightseeing )

Jan zizka statue It took me ages to find a way to get to this all-above Zizka-on-the-horse statue that looks like it’s guarding Prague. I must admit I have never really tried to find the way, and I found it unintentionally, as usual, when we went for a walk. So we were passing streets in Karlin area when a big shady tunnel came into view. A sane person would not enter it, but then we saw couple of people coming out of this tunnel. Our curiosity forced us inwards. It was a long and exhausting up the hill passage. At the end of it, there was neither any awaited surprise from the unknown nor any revealed secret.

We found ourselves on the other side of the hill, at Zizkov, at a regular rush street, full of shops, restaurants, bars. From here, it was not far away to walk up the hill again, crossing the rails, and going through a green park, we reached Zizkov Monument, or if you want, Vitkov Monument. Honestly, on the spot impression of the statue of General Jan Zizka overlooking the city of Prague is much considerable. The monument behind the statue is the Monument of National Freedom which honours people that fought for the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic. We did not get inside into the museum as it is open only on first Saturday each month. Maybe its good to mention that upcoming event is the May 7th Monument exhibition for public at 2 pm. The site was very interesting, there was bunch of guys throwing Frisbee, many couples on the walk, older people sitting at benches, a dogfight, and the whole panorama of Prague was splendid.

The way we took to get there was probably the worst possible. It’s much easier to take a bus (no. 133 or 207) from Florenc one stop to “U Pamatniku”, and climb a little steep hill. Or you don’t have to climb anything, but you need to walk much longer alley, that is to get off at tram stop Ohrada (take trams 1, 5, 9 or 16). Last but not least, if you choose sunny day, this place is really good spot to take panorama photos of Prague.

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Subway in Prague as Museum

Feb 23, 15:29 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing )

Andel metro station Prague is full of wonderful sightseeing! One can not see all the beauty of the city within a week or two. In the travel guides you will find only those best known places. But the great thing about Prague is that after visiting those places you can throw your guide book away, since every street you take, every park you go to, is an amazing place! You have to have your eyes open and your finger ready on your camera!

For instance a subway station can easily turn into a museum for those who pay enough attention. Do you thing that a subway station is good only for transportation? Than you are all wrong!

The great example is the subway station Andel (in English Angel), yellow line B. This subway station was formerly called Moscow, and was opened in 1985, few years before Velvet Revolution. This might help you to understand why it looks the way it looks.

If you don’t want to spend your hard earned money in a Museum of Communism, subway station Andel is a great place to go. Here you can find what is called Social Realism. If you are watchful enough, you will see Soviet flag, Russian signs, Soviet and Czechoslovak astronauts, and much more. You can even find the former name of the station there, also in Russian special alphabet!

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Four different Prague sightseeing in one afternoon – part 2

Nov 6, 15:33 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing, Prague walks )

... read Four different Prague sightseeing – part 1 first …

Prague sightseeing - Rock statue of Julius Zeyer Time went by, quite slowly, the clock struck five and we were still full of energy to get on with our tour. We followed the path, where a moment later we discovered one impressive monument. As we soon found out, it was a memorial of Julius Zeyer, famous Czech poet. It is some kind of an artificial cave with several statues and a spring of water falling into a small lake. Very pretty indeed, I didn’t expect something like this. Here, we took our last pictures before the camera batteries ran out of energy, which was a pity, because just few meters away on the right side we found probably the best outlook on Prague. I acted as I knew the place and that it was my intention to bring girls there, although I saw it for the first time as well. There are benches to sit on and one can see some of the most beautiful bridges over Vltava. This was quite romantic. We sat there and started eating home made sandwiches.

Again, we walked on, reaching Letenska Plan, the open area that holds many concerts (e.g. Rolling Stones in summer 2003), next to it, Letenske sady (gardens) serve as a place for a picnic, outing, summer sports, etc. Plus, in this area, there is National Technical Museum, which is, however, due to the reconstruction closed from September 12.

So the next and for this time the last view of Prague was this one at Letenske sady. In the middle of the square, which also serves as a place for meetings of young people, there’s a big functional metronome, and the view of Vltava River and the Prague Old Town. We went for a beer to a beer garden, this time, we were not lucky to grab a free bench with a good outlook on Prague. So we sat on a grass, which was soft and dry so it was in some detail quite comfortable.

Now, we could see how much we had walked, so we all thought, this might be enough of sightseeing for the day. I introduced a game, one of us pointed out a building anywhere in town, but he or she had to know what it is and why it is special in some way. The other two guessed what it was. I know I had an advantage, but I was also curious if girls had remembered at least something from what I had told them as a tour guide. On the way down the hill and into the centre walking over Cechuv most and then on the fancy street Parizska with shops like Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, and many more, we were playing a different game. Guess the country’s capital town. Any country in the world. This one is my favourite game.

It was eight o’clock, and we didn’t miss Prague Astronomical Clock show. No need to write more about it, I’m sure everyone saw it. We slowly left heading to Powder Tower at the end of the street Celetna, full of shops offering Czech crystal. Passing the tower, we also saw the building of Czech National Bank and The Municipal House that holds many concerts of high-ranking composers of classical music.

Anyway, I partially ruined the rest of this perfect day. I took girls to Chinese restaurant near Namesti Republiky (Republic Square). The food was cheap and there was a lot of it. The waitress brought it on three plates. It didn’t taste very well, though. We ordered three different meals but I had this feeling that the only thing that was different was the sauce. I ate the whole dish and felt bad afterwards. My stomach hurt. Well, no more romantic walking, we decided to call it a day and got on the first metro and went home. As I recall it back now, It was a long walk, and I was happy to do it. I didn’t know that those distances are in fact not so long. The positive thing was that most of the time we spent in city’s nature. For a while, we changed cars, trams and all the buildings for trees, bushes, and walking on grass.

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Four different Prague sightseeings in one afternoon – part 1

Oct 3, 12:08 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing, Prague walks )

View of Prague Last weekend I had a visit from abroad, two girls, first time Prague visitors. So we went on a walking and sightseeing tour. It took us all afternoon, and I will try to write in details about the things we observed and perceived, because we saw a lot. Different views of Prague from different perspectives.

We started our tour in tram no. 15, which took us near Strahov. Precisely, to stop Malovanka, near Pyramida hotel, and then we walked few minutes up the hill arriving at Strahov stadium, which was our stop number one. It is the view of Mala Strana and Smichov parts of the town. Worth a look. The good thing was that it was not far away to walk to Petrin from there. So we continued walking downward, passing students’ hostel Strahov, which besides accommodating university students serves also as a hostel for tourists. There are several playgrounds around the place, including football pitch with artificial green, basketball and beach volleyball sportground. In the night, several pubs and discos are open, one to mention is Club 007 Strahov with mainly punk, ska and every Saturday hip-hop music. It is located in building number 7, street Chaloupeckeho 7.

Ok, we passed the place and paced to the left not more than hundred meters when beautiful garden full of roses and benches to sit on showed up. Ideal for a date. At least these two girls that were with me loved it. We were taking pictures every other moment. In a short while, I was attracted by sun dial behind the statue of Milan Rastislav Stefanik, one of the founders of Czechoslovakia, also a passionate astronomer. This dial practically shows the right time!

Few moments later, we were standing under shrinked Eiffel Tower, its called Petrinska rozhledna watchtower. We didn’t go upstairs, instead, we entered Jara Cimrman museum in the basement of the tower. This fictional man was a science genius. Did you know that Eiffel tower was originally planned to have straight legs, but Cimrman advised Eiffel to twist them to give the construction more strength and stability. Some of his ideas and inventions are really funny. Plus this museum is free of charge.

Our next stop was the mirror maze, where distorting mirrors have finally shown the truth. Me as a very muscular man, ha ha. This labyrinth is opened daily, and the price was 50 CZK for an adult. The funicular at Petrin is still not working, so we walked on to Pohorelec and then approached the castle. On the way, on the right, there is one typical Czech pub called U Cernyho Vola (Black Ox), which despite the attractive location, still offers Czech Pilsen for like one Euro. I haven’t been there for some time and I noticed they repainted the interior. It looks better. This pub is usually full, full of both tourists and local people. One quick beer and we left.

Prague Old Town Tower Bridge - entrance from left Vltava river bank to Charles Bridge Very soon we found ourselves in front of Prague Castle. Because up there at Petrin we didn’t see any view of Prague, here was our second stop for lookout. This was nicer and closer view of the Old Town behind Vltava. Then I convinced the ladies to stand next to the castle guard, one from each side, and to start telling him jokes or some sweet things to make him smile. We succeeded! The guard smiled and he even said ’mmmm’ couple of times as a way to answer our stupid questions about his job. And so we have a smiling guard of Prague Castle on a photo. We didn’t want to bother any longer, so we left, said ’Ahoj’, he said his m-word and we went taking more pictures of the court, and charming St. Vitus Cathedral. It was closed at the moment, and we turned left to visit Kralovska zahrada – Royal garden. They don’t seem royal to me, but yes, another tip for a romantic walk. Plus another view of Prague to the right from Kralovsky Letohradek Belvedere. This view is not the best and trees cover big part of it so I would not count it as a third one.

Maybe one thing we missed during this walking trip was some book guide, because we didn’t know much about buildings, statues, and monuments around us.

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A picnic afternoon at Vysehrad

Sep 21, 10:22 (Filed under: Prague walks, Prague sightseeing )

Vysehrad - the Church of St. Peter and Paul The phrase of today: low budget leisure in Prague. That is right, me and my friend-girl decided to relax, but we were really short of cash at the moment. At the same time, we wanted to seize the day. And here is the intersection we made. We entered the first supermarket and bought a bottle of dry red wine from southern Moravia, piece of french Camembert cheese, and some fresh bread. The receipt was cca 100 CZK.

The weather forecast is good, sunny with small clouds here and there. Time for a picnic, well, i mean le pique-nique. We took a metro line C to a stop called Vysehrad, behind the famous Nuselsky most. It was our first time there but we had no troubles with directions, although my sense of direction is sub zero, that’s why i usually take someone with me. The arrows showing you the right way are everywhere.

Soon we found ourselves at Vysehrad, more precisely, in front of the Church of Peter and Paul. Trying to keep the budget low, we decided that we will see only one of many exhibitions available. We tried the Gallery (10 CZK fee). My friend liked it, I did not. Well, I did a little, there were several really catching photos from one australian guy. This gallery is really tiny and in ten minutes we were gone, sitting on the grass, me opening the bottle of wine while my friend cut the cheese into petite slices. It was a pleasant afternoon, we both enjoyed being not productive at all. We drank the whole bottle and were even happier.

After a short nap, we went for a walk around, visiting the cemetery with famous dead people, checking the sightseeing, oh how i love the view of the centre of the town. The only thing i wanted to do was to jump on the highest peak and shout to the world Eminem’s lyrics: ‿Prague is mine for the taking. Make me king!’ I was pacified by my friend and we went down the hill on feet.

We arrived at Palackeho Namesti, and walked the way to Charles bridge on a concrete river bank where available. My advice is to try it. I mean the river bank. Not many people are there, and the traffic is meters above you so you don’t even hear it and having a romantic walk, watching sea-gulls or the river stream you feel the serenity. We were lucky enough to catch the sunset above. We called it a day and took a tram home considering this day successful.

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Sailing on Vltava River

Jul 25, 14:17 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing, Out and About in Prague )

Been at Charles bridge? Oh, of course. Have you noticed those little boats on the river? Have you tried one of them? I did, and it was fun.

We took one of these treadwheel boats right under Charles bridge (entrance from club Lávka) and trod away. One thing I can say, the view of the bridge, castle, islands, etc., from the boat is worth it. And the members of the boat crew feel like celebs. Many people from the bridge are watching you and i bet if you wave at them, the will wave back. At least they did at us.

Anyway, we took a nap, letting our feet get wet in the water, the skin was tanning, chilled Pilsner in the hand, mild breeze and the stream of the river showed us the way, let me quote Lou Reed..’such a perfect day..’.

We approached a fisherman, asking if he caught anything, he said he cannot if we keep disturbing. We understood and focused on sea-gulls and ducks. But the hour that we rented the boat for has passed so we trode back and returned it. An hour was just enough. Next time, we’ll take the rowing boat instead, i think it better fits the whole setting.

As we later discovered, the rowing boats are available at island Žofín. For ’hard to please’ fellows, there is also a rent place for boats with engine available for public located at a place called U Cisarske louky.

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From a long-winded tour at the Brevnov Monastery to Liz Hurley in a schoolgirl outfit

Jan 17, 06:00 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing, Personal )

A couple of days ago, Jitka and I went to the Brevnov Monastery in Prague 6. I’m not really into touring religious buildings, chateaux and the like, but we were in need of a small trip, and bumming around somewhere other than Blackbridge or the centre sounded like a great idea.

brevnov monastery Prague

Getting there from Blackbridge was pretty straightforward ⿿ a metro to Palmovka, then a 15 to 20-minute tram ride (nos. 15 or 25) to the monastery. It’s a pretty enough building with nice grounds and a somewhat surly monk at the reception area. They offer tours in English for groups of at least 20. A group of at least 10 people is required for a Czech tour.

If your Czech is adequate, the Czech tour (50 CZK/adult, 30 CZK/student or senior) is a good deal ⿿ if you⿿re into tours. Personally, I find them tedious ⿿ I⿿d rather just take in the sights and read about them later if I⿿m really that interested. Having said that, our tour guide was impressive, spouting facts practically non-stop for almost two hours (the tour is only supposed to be about 45 minutes). I stopped paying attention after about 20 minutes; I think even if our guide had been speaking English I would have done the same. I translate a lot of material about sites of interest, so the vocabulary wasn⿿t that difficult for me to grasp; however, the guide ended up sounding like the teacher from Peanuts once my attention span flew the coop.

The Brevnov Monastery is an impressive enough place as far as religious buildings go. However, what impressed me most about it was how clean it was. Other than that, these places always bring to mind a passage from the tenth chapter of The Sun Also Rises, in which Jake Barnes goes to church and tries to pray and ends up thinking more about how he can make money:

“I was a little ashamed, and regretted that I was such a rotten Catholic, but realized there was nothing I could do about it, at least for a while, and maybe never, but that anyway it was a grand religion, and I only wished I felt religious and maybe I would the next time….”

Churches also get me to thinking about when Sinead O⿿Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live at the end of an a cappella rendition of Bob Marley⿿s ⿜War⿝ (I can⿿t seem to find a link to a clip of that ⿿ anyone care to guide me to one?).

After the church, our guide took us down to the monastery⿿s crypts. Old stones and broken bones. Then we went upstairs to a network of parlours with paintings of fat women in fat dresses and poncey men in tights. Then we were free to leave.

The Brevnov Monastery also has a very attractive restaurant with a fireplace, a slightly pricey (not vegetarian-friendly) menu, and very pleasant Hare Krishna-type service (all monks, presumably, though they⿿re dressed more like they should be working in an American-style steakhouse). Jitka and I ate ⿜linner⿝ (or is it ⿜dunch⿝ ⿿ you know, a meal between lunch and dinner) at a decent typical Czech pub across the road from the monastery (well, it was rather clean for a ⿜typical Czech⿝ pub).

Having had enough of long-winded tour guides and the Antarctic weather, Jitka and I headed home for a double feature of Chinatown and Ocean⿿s Eleven, which more than made up for Saturday⿿s rubbish double feature of Bedazzled and Anger Management (although I could watch that scene in Bedazzled that features Liz Hurley in her schoolgirl⿿s outfit on a loop for at least an hour⿿ mmm, saucy British women⿿). I let Josh at Movie Star talk me into the former (ok, the case swayed me as well), while the latter was my own bad idea. But, as they say on the Riverbank, that’s another story.

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Chilling at U Splavu - I wish!

Jul 14, 07:15 (Filed under: Prague pubs, restaurants and cafes, Prague sightseeing )

It must be one of Murphy’s Laws – I finally take a weekend off and it’s cold, gray and raining during my entire stay in Strelice U Brna. I get back to Prague for 06:00 to 20:00 workdays and it’s gorgeous beer garden weather.

I spent a lot of time at Riegrovy Sady last summer. I am very happy that Parukarka is still open for business, despite talk of it being shut down sometime last autumn. I am also delighted to be living about ten minutes’ walking distance from another fantastic beer garden served by the Kiosek U Splavu (in English, “The Kiosk by the Weir”).

The beer is good and cheap (ok, not the cleanest pipes, but if you bring your own half-litre mug you pay only CZK 17 as opposed to CZK 20). The crowd is your average mix of families, skaterkids, veteran beerhounds, couples, bikers, hikers, etc. mainly hailing from Blackbridge or neighbouring Dolni Pocernice.

In addition to all the rickety benches and chairs, customers can sit around a big fire-pit. There are heaps of wood for those sitting around it to keep it fed. While you can buy two varieties of grilled sausage (as well as pickled sausage) at the kiosk, you can also cook your own over the fire. There’s no need to whittle your own skewer as you can get one from the owner.

The proprietor is a gruff-sounding yet affable man in his late 40s. The service he and his wife give is quick and tends to involve banter. No surprise that he’s so chatty as around half of the times that I go for refills the man’s necking a shot with a customer, or just on his own.

I suppose the only fly in U Splavu’s ointment is the kiosk owner’s habit of wearing nothing, and I mean nothing, but a pair of old thongs and a cowboy hat a while working. As the kiosk is a bit elevated, when he’s serving you, you’ll be treated to the sight of a sizeable beer gut adorned with a disturbingly large outtie belly button. Of course, when he turns around, you’ll find yourself more or less facing his butt-flossed ass. While I know the pleasures of working in nothing but underwear, I certainly don’t do it while working with the public (no, not even when meeting with the porn mag publisher I translate for).

U Splavu opens early and closes very late – there have been nights when the owner has closed up shop and let Jitka and I sit by the fire for as long as we wanted, on the condition that we put it out ourselves of course. Backpackers and hitchhikers take note – it’s not uncommon to see pup-tents pitched in this area, even right on the grounds of the beer garden. Something to consider if you get to Prague without having booked anything (though you can prevent that from happening right here at Prague Spot).

We may not have all that much here in Blackbridge, aside from the mall (unfortunately, I find myself going there to take breaks these days?? well, that’s another entry), but Kiosek S Splavu and the little parcel of Dolni Pocernice it serves is one of those wee pockets of heaven on earth.

Sorry about the lousy formatting – I’m still after the webmaster to show me how to get my photos sorted out nicely on the page

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Tour the city with Prague Spot

Mar 30, 08:14 (Filed under: Prague sightseeing, Out and About in Prague )

After a weekend spent doing legal proofreading and my first day working on an exciting new project (translation of a book on the Russia-Chechnya conflict – more on that when the job is finished), I’m feeling a little wrecked, somewhat distracted, and not up to writing anything big today. So I reckoned why not indulge in a bit of incestuous plugging of the site that hosts this blog: Prague Spot.

The main things I’d like to highlight are the excellent articles that PhDr. Vladimir Czumalo, CSc., has written for the site. Start with his article Prague – a city beyond compare for a solid, prettily-written introduction to the city. Follow this up with A brief history of Prague, a concise, yet comprehensive, look at Prague from its birth, through its youth, right up to its present-day station as a grand old dame – the mother, in fact – of cities. Dr. Czumalo has also prepared a fascinating trip along the Royal Road.

If this all sounds like second-rate ad copy, well, it is. Blame it on one of my former employers* – I’m still trying to ditch all the bad writing habits that whoring my talents advertising drilled into my head.

Anyway, the point is, do check out these articles. They really are good reads (I should know – I translated them) and they’ve certainly made meandering through the centre of Prague a lot more enjoyable as its become far more personal.

*From one old fraud to another – sorry Graham!

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