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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 05:57 PM
My Good Wife and I are paying our first visit this weekend. Anyone with any first hand info!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 06:12 PM
Hello my fellow northerner, I can't imagine many people on this board (europeaches excepted) will even know where Prague is I haven't been myself, but I know plenty of people who have ! It's meant to be a beautiful city .It's a popular stag party destination(not a plus point in my book) Have a nice time.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 06:16 PM
It's been 15 years since I was there, so I'm more envious than I am helpful.

One of the most fascinating cities to just mill about. Beautiful squares, kind and friendly people. Many of the areas around the castle still have a very old-world feel to them. Make sure you spend a few hours milling around the Charles Bridge. Unless things have changed much, it's a great place to absorb a truly bohemian culture. And climb any tower you're allowed in. The aerial views of the city are fantastic.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 06:23 PM
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Hello my fellow northerner, I can't imagine many people on this board (europeaches excepted) will even know where Prague is I haven't been myself, but I know plenty of people who have ! It's meant to be a beautiful city .It's a popular stag party destination(not a plus point in my book) Have a nice time.


Is that north of Carlisle?

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 06:30 PM
I'm from Alnwick Northumberland...but I live in London

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 07:00 PM
I suppose that's a little further north than Carlisle, but not quite as far north as I was inferring.

I spent a few months in Aberdeen, and on each trip to London I knew I'd left Scotland when the train stopped at Carlisle.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 07:08 PM
Wow, we were there in 1990 shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. We went to Poland, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna by train. Prague is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My immediate suggestions is not to make too many plans and just walk around the different sections of the city. The St. Charles bridge is really the center of the city and again, the architecture is magnificent. The dollar goes a lot further In Eastern Europe and you should have a great trip.
 

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  posted on 1/15/2007 at 10:38 PM
I spent two weeks there in summer of 2005. What a magical place! The best way to enjoy it? Walk, walk and then walk some more. When you burn out take the public transport (trolleys). It's very tourist oriented so getting info there is not a problem. Don't forget to have some draft Pilsner Urquell...best beer in Eastern Europe. Lastly, watch for the pick pockets!!! They work in groups (Gypsies) they are masters at it. Thieving Bastards have ruined many a person's holiday. Summer they just prey on tourists, young, old, men and women. Now should be fine. Enjoy the sites!

A must is the Charles Bridge and of course the Prague Castle. You can easily find some cool bohemian music clubs...ask around. Great music can be found there, but very smoky inside and lastly… have a few shots of Absinthe (a major buzz) and illegal in USA. Enjoy your time!

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 03:58 AM
Hello Alan,

Prague is a blast. Defintitly one of Europe's most beautiful cities. I've been there in 1993 so it's a while back but have very very fond memories. Wear walking shoes and get a free
city map and walk..walk ..walk. Besides the Castle/Cathedral and the Charles Bridge also visit the old Jewish cemetery. Well, all these historic sites with fantastic architecture are higlights in every tourist guide or tour so you will end up there one way or another.
If you only go for a long weekend i wouldn't be tempted to take a bus excursion outside
of Prague (some beautiful castles) because there's way to much to see in Prague itself so you would be running out of time soon.
When i was there the prices were ridiclously low but i heard they went up pretty quick but i guess that outside the main tourist areas you still can get an excellent pint of pilsner for something like a € or $.
The only thing i was a bit dissapointed in back in '93 was the food but i heard the national and international cuisine on offer vastly inproved througout the years.
I think much of the nightlive and bars have changed throughout the years so i think its no use to recommend any bars except for a big nostalgic tavern like drinking place called "U Fleku". I guess there will be plenty of tourists there and the beer was already a bit more expensive there but it will get you "in the mood". A hoom-pa-pa orchestra and homemade beer (very very tasty) will do the trick.

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 06:21 AM
Thanks Guys. Im staying in a hotel right under the charles bridge and I am looking forward to it

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 08:16 AM
Hey Alan ... I went there with Jan a couple of years ago and had a fabulous weekend.

We stayed in a small Hotel on Kampa Island ... half way across the Charles Bridge ... very central and meant we could walk everywhere.

Spent one day walking from there up to the Castle and exploring that whole area.

Another day wandering around the main old part of the City and a third day around the Jewish quarter and along the exclusive shopping Street ... can't remember the name but it was just like a French Boulevard with Cartier, Gucci, Dior shops etc etc.

Beer is still cheap if you go in the back street pubs ... the traditional ones only sell beer and nothing else (no soft drinks, no shorts etc) and it is still only about 1 Euro per pint. The next step up from this is something like an Irish Bar (I know that seems crass to go to Czech foe an Irish bar, but they sell more than just beer so Alison might prefer it. Rocky O'Rileys just off Wenceslas Square was good, only just over a pound a pint and did cheap food too. Finally, if you sit down in the main square in the old town expect drinks to be abot 5 times the price ... still nice to do to soak up the atmosphere and people watch, but don't have a session there!

I'm sure you will have a great time ... don't forget to tell us all about it when you get back

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 08:45 AM
try to czech out some prague rock - ha. uz jsme doma is a great band from there!!!!!! soundtrack for the velvet revolution.

can anyone imagine being jailed for playing music? or making art? that was the situation before the velvet revolution. thank goodness we live in freedom, mostly ; )

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 09:09 AM
I was just there last summer, and everyone has already nailed the highlights. It truly is a beautiful city. You will have a blast! Here are some pictures we took while there:

The Old Town Square


The Charles Bridge is on the right with the Old Town Square pretty much above it.


The Prague Castle


The hotel we stayed at in Prague



 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 01:08 PM
Spent New Year's there with a bunch of friends a few years ago-beautiful city, especially at night. Was in the town square as the clock ticked to 03', & many in my group almost got trampled.



Had some absynth-I'd rather stick with whiskey or scotch. The beers were great. Still had my worst, all time hangover there on New Year's. Thought the ladies there were gorgeous as well. We also wandered around the old "ghetto" area-the whole legend of Gollum & all. Kafka is also buried in Prague, & we paid a visit to the cemetary.

One thing I will never forget was the weather. It was COLD. Teeth chattering, nipples hard as rocks, cold. Due to one of my numb skull friends hogging the hot water(which ran out in about 5-10 minutes), we had to take cold showers during our stay.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 01:28 PM
I am tickled to see this thread. My girlfriend just said last night. If there is anyplace we should go it should be Prague. Something must be good there. We will have to put on our places to go list. Good pics...........

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 02:02 PM
I believe my wife has been there, but since she is in Barcelona this week, I can't help. I remember her raving about it though.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 03:11 PM
I was in Prague a few years ago with my family. My dad was there on business during the huge flood (if anyone remembers, the entire city was flooded beyond control) and he fell in love with it right there. He decided to plan a trip to Europe based around going to Prague. It is a very beautiful city. Unfortunately, I don't remember all of the things we did, but I do remember we did a bike ride around the city - if you can, I would advise it - it's a great way to be outside and see the city firsthand and experience it yourself rather than have someone dictate to you exactly whta everything is.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2007 at 03:33 PM
Wow
I can't wait now. I'll post how I get on when I get back.
Meanwhile towards the end of March expect a Who's been to New York City post from me

 

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  posted on 1/17/2007 at 11:50 AM
if it hasn't been said already, Prague is so beautiful since it was one of the few cities in Europe that was spared during world war II. I haven't been, but reading all these posts certainly gives one the incentive.
 

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  posted on 1/17/2007 at 03:49 PM
if it hasn't been said already, Prague is so beautiful since it was one of the few cities in Europe that was spared during world war II. I haven't been, but reading all these posts certainly gives one the incentive.
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Never thought of that although I'm sure the Czech folks suffered enough later under an oppressive communist regime

 

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  posted on 1/17/2007 at 04:17 PM
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if it hasn't been said already, Prague is so beautiful since it was one of the few cities in Europe that was spared during world war II. I haven't been, but reading all these posts certainly gives one the incentive.

Never thought of that although I'm sure the Czech folks suffered enough later under an oppressive communist regime


Indeed, the centre is beautiful and free of bomb damage ... but the suburbs have many drab, grey concrete buildings ... typical communist block architecture

One quirky thing is the huge chimney style aerial on the hill overlooking Prague, this was erected by the Russians to block all Western Europe transmissions so that only good old communist propaganda TV and Radio could be picked up in the City ... since the liberation, this aerial has been re-assigned and is now used to beam in the Satellite TV that it was originally designed to block ... now there is poetic justice for you





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  posted on 1/17/2007 at 05:41 PM
Hi Colin
Have you watched the Jack DVD yet? Anyways a couple of years ago We went to Cuba
and the giant flats on the outskirts of Havana were very un Caribbean

 

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  posted on 1/17/2007 at 07:12 PM
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Have you watched the Jack DVD yet? Anyways a couple of years ago We went to Cuba
and the giant flats on the outskirts of Havana were very un Caribbean


Hi Alan ... yes I have watched the Jack DVD ... excellent - thank you!!! ... didn't you get my email? ... when I get back into work tomorrow I'll check with my IT guys ... I've been having a few problems with emails not coming or going recently so I'll send it again ... it had my up-to-date list attached for you to peruse

Anyway ... enjoy your weekend away with Alison ... then next stop the Beacon

 

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  posted on 1/18/2007 at 03:51 PM
then next stop the Beacon
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Oh yes!!!!! Have you been in this Yogi's bar? I was speaking to one of the guys here and I asked him what was special about this place and he mentioned that it was because the barmaids had bristols the size of barrage balloons

By the way I never got the email

 

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  posted on 1/21/2007 at 03:32 PM
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My Good Wife and I are paying our first visit this weekend. Anyone with any first hand info!!!!


Prague is very nice. I've been there on my motorbike two years ago. There is a lot to see, so make shure you get yourself a Lonely Planet of the Czech Republic. Otherwise you will miss a lot.

The people there don't speak English that well. But the food is fantastic (especially steak) and there are a lot of different beers to choose from!!! Try to find the smaller restaurants near to the centre of Prague. The centre is (as usual) more expensive.
Another tipwhen visting the centre of Prague:
when you want to order a drink, first ask for the card where the prices are mentioned. If you don't do that, the price will be as high as they want it to be....

Last but not least: try to visit Poland. It's much nicer than the Czech Republic.

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