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A May 2004 trip to Prague by cls223

The Intenet Shop Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: For some time I'd wanted to visit Prague, so when my cousin and her husband decided to spend a week there, meeting up with them seemed like the perfect opportunity to go.

Perusing Prague

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Astronomical Clock Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I awoke my first morning in Prague with the sun falling on my face, gently filtered by the curtains at the window of my hotel room. The breeze was soft and fresh, the quiet of a Sunday morning broken only by the call of birds. And so I fell in love with Prague. At every turn, there is yet another ornate facade, guaranteed to bring "ooohs" and "aaahs" even to the most jaded of world travelers. The shop windows glitter with an abundance of garnet and amber jewelry, stunning crystal vases and stemware, and charming hand-made puppets and marionettes. With such a bountiful display, it’s hard to believe that less than two decades ago, the city was under Communist rule. Prague is a city alive with m...Read More

Hotel U Staré Pani

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Hotel | "Hotel U Staré Pani (At The Old Lady)"

Hotel U Staré Pani Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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In my travels throughout Europe, I customarily stay at fairly modestly priced accommodations. Generally, I find myself with a room the size of a telephone booth. Not so here At The Old Lady. A foyer area contained a large wardrobe, which took up much of the space along one wall. To the right, a small room contained a toilet and sink, while on the left was a room with a shower stall, sink and mirror. The separate sleeping area contained a double bed, a second wardrobe, two bedside tables, a small table and two rattan chairs, and a large entertainment center/minibar. The mini-bar is well stocked with Czech beer, wine, soft drinks, and bottled waters. White walls were bare except for two modern wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2004

Hotel U Staré Pani
Michalská 9,
Prague, Czech Republic
420 603 551 680

Taverna Toscana

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Restaurant

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Winding your way downstairs you enter an atmospheric basement seating area, with uneven stone floors, rough plaster walls, and dark wood tables and chairs. Red seat cushions paired with crisp red and white table linens lend just the right touch of color to the space. Candles glowing softly in the wrought iron wall sconces enhance the ambiance, their fingers of light sneaking into the various nooks and crannies. The only discordant note was the level of the music, which was a trifle loud for my taste. Menu selections range from traditional Italian pasta favorites such as spaghetti and lasagna, to fish, meat, veal dishes, and wood oven pizzas. My choice was an appetizer of prosciutto e melon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2004

Taverna Toscana
Malé nám 11
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 224 231 220

U Dvou Velbloud 367

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Restaurant | "U Dvou Velbloudů"

U Dvou Velbloud 367 Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This is a spot I found which appears to be off the tourist radar, unless it is stumbled across (as I did) on the way to the nearby Internet cafe. Billed as a "restaurant and creperie", the menu features a good selection of savory and sweet crepes (pancakes), salads, and desserts (the ice cream concoctions appear to be particular favorites here). I chose a mixed salad followed by a chicken and mushroom crepe for my dinner. The salad was a generous bowl of fresh chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers, topped off by a light, creamy house dressing. My crepe arrived on a huge plate, and had large chunks of chicken and sliced mushrooms. Interesting to note, the mushrooms were on the inside of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2004

U Dvou Velbloud 367
Kožná 4, Staré M277;sto
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 224 218 366

Da Shi Jie

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Da Shi Jie Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This is an attractive, tranquil, multi-level place down a short alley in Old Town. The white walls and dark wood have a Czech feel, but the decor is wholly Chinese. Large paintings depicting Chinese scenes grace the walls; Chinese-style lanterns hang above each table and provide a soft light. Carved wooden chairs are adorned with ornately embroidered red cushions, while placemats with charming Chinese scenes, a different one for each place accent the snowy white table linens. Oriental music provides a soothing background for dining. The menu comprises a huge selection of dishes: pork, chicken, prawn, duck and vegetable, consisting primarily of Cantonese favorites, though a few more piquant S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2004

Da Shi Jie
Melantrichove 10, Staré M277
Prague, Czech Republic

Jazz Club U Stare Pani

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Attraction | "Jazz Klub U Staré Pani"

Jazz Club U Stare Pani Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This small basement space, apart from offering some of the best local jazz acts in the city, positively oozes ambiance. Entrance is through the lobby area of the U Staré Pani hotel, where you descend a stairway that is lit on both sides with small votive candles. The atmosphere is continued downstairs in the club where muted lighting is augmented by votive candles at each table. A predominantly orange and black color scheme and exposed ductwork combine to give an effect that is modern, yet romantic. The cover charge is 200 Kc ($8), unless you are a hotel guest: in that case admission is free. Beers are about 35Kc ($1.35); wines, cocktails, champagne and soft drinks are also available. If you’...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2004

Jazz Club U Stare Pani
Michalska, 9
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
+420 603 551 680

An Internet Shop

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The Intenet Shop Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Vysmátý Zajic, though located in the popular Old Town area (Michalská 13) , this Internet shop qualifies as "off the beaten path". To get there, you need to walk through a restaurant, then exit the restaurant, go through an outdoor garden and into the shop. Though small (about a dozen machines), I’d say it’s one of the nicer Internet spots I’ve found in my travels. Walls are painted in a cheerful coral and enhanced with framed prints. The equipment is modern and in excellent condition, something in and of itself that’s worth to note. The shop is open daily from 11am to 11pm. I generally ended up there around 9 or 10 PM, and had no problem getting a computer to use. You can surf the net for 1...Read More

The Italian Map

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Jewish Quarter Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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It took about five minutes after arriving in Prague to realize that neither of the Prague city maps I’d brought with me from the US would be of much use. So I stopped at the reception desk in my hotel and asked if they had a map of the city, and the obliging young lady produced a handful for me to pick from. Considering that at this point I’m almost stupid with fatigue, I was wondering how to choose the best one when she took pity on me and said, "This is one that is popular with our American guests". Okay, I admit it--I prefer to be different, so I decided that I would ignore her recommendation and select a different map. I then spotted one that appeared to have every nook, cranny, alley, arch...Read More

Day Trip from Prague

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Along the way Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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It seems as though practically every hotel and tourist office in Prague has brochures for tours and day trips into the countryside to experience the sites outside of the city. Not surprisingly, several of the most popular sojourns are Ceský Krumlov and České Budějovice. Both of these are in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, south and west of Prague. If you do an organized day trip, either one of these tours takes approximately 10 hours via motor coach, and will set you back roughly $50 USD, including admission and, in some cases, lunch. My cousin Susan wanted to see if we could visit Strakonice, a small town in the south, quite close to the Austrian border. Her distant ancestors ha...Read More