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THE Royal Wedding

August 27, 2011 2 comments

My cousin Jana was getting married to Paul, a great guy from New Zealand. The wedding has been a while in the planning and took in some of the more beautiful parts of Prague. Without writing too much, the wedding was a lovely event and went off without a hitch, the occasionally inclement weather did not dampen anyones spirits and a great evening of festivities ensued.

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Tourist caves

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The caves at Besedice are a relatively well known tourist attraction, and as such, much of the charm is lost when being herded around concrete walkways with a tour guide. Nonetheless, an impressive underground series of lakes and corridors is pretty impressive.

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The rock mazes of “Kalich”

August 20, 2011 Leave a comment

As we ventured into the few areas that were as yet unexplored through the summer, we sent the day exploring the cave mazes called “Kalich”, translated as goblet. These caves offered the 14th century puritans their safe hiding places, and as you explore you can find the altar cut into the rock of the “chapel”. In relative safety everyone can disappear in different direction, squeeze through narrow canyons and explore dark tunnels and caves.

 

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Cooking Up

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

As our time in the Bohemian Paradise was drawing to a close, we undertook a few of the traditional classic places that we went to as kids. The nearest at Kopicuv Statek is famous for it’s rock carvings. Pan Kopic lived in the local farmstead and during his 40 years there carved beautiful sculptures into the soft sandstone.

 

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Tomato Festival

August 8, 2011 1 comment

It’s not quite like in Spain, but there is a local tomato festival in one of the nearby play centres (the equivalent of an outdoor Pirates Paradise). As well as the usual donkey rides, face painting and dolly making, the “under 6 wrestling in tomato sauce” must rank as one of the more bizarre events. In the UK you would be sectioned for organising it, we just felt really uncomfortable.

 

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Family Visit

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

We had been looking forward to them coming over for a while, and true to form the 4 days we had with the family coming over were brill. Every day was packed out, but I think it is fair to say the essentials were well covered. As an initiation to the hordes of tourists, were covered the castle first, after which things could only be less busy (with the exception of Charles’ Bridge which is a nightmare at any time of day or night!). A brisk climb up the steps of St Vitus Cathedral and we were well rewarded with magnificent views over Prague. From here you can put the city into some context.

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Prague Now and Then

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

We headed back to Prague to get a change of scene, there are only so many times one can wonder at woods and rocks before asking oneself, what else is out there? We explored a few previously untried routes (including a great “green” route from the flat, through various tree lined avenues, past the 14th century castle walls, via a cool play ground and back up the old castle of Vysehrad) and without overdoing the culture we got into the groove.

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