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Prague: That Deserves Another Beer!

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A March 2006 trip to Prague by ext212

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Quote: MoDean and I triumphed over consonant-filled street names, Michael Bolton look-alikes, and several pints of Czech beer!

Prague: That Deserves Another Beer!

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Ah, Praha Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Ahhh, Praha! MoDean and I traveled together for the first time and went to Prague armed with two guide books and a short list of restaurants. Of course, we checked off some of the most popular tourist spots, too, and rewarded ourselves with a pint every time we found the correct street or ate something with a funny Czech name from the menu. My favorites include 1) Dark Velkopopovický Kozel Czech beer for its smooth but full and hoppy character, 2) black pepper sausage, ghoulash with bacon dumplings, and a roasted pig’s neck at U Dvou Koĉek, 3) U Fleků, one of Prague’s oldest pubs still brewing their own beer in the true European beer hall style and 4) Lví dvůr Restaurant, near...Read More

Day 1: Aha, Praha!

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Czech signs Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Outside the Ruzyně airport, we waited for the #100 bus which connected to the yellow metro near our Ibis hotel in Smichov. It felt good to get some fresh air that we didn’t mind the wait. We initially planned to catch the #119 but realized that we didn't have to go to the city center to take the yellow. At the Andel station, we were welcomed by a crowd of Czechs milling around the shopping mall and waiting for the tram. We asked a lady inside one of the cosmetic stores to direct us to our hotel. She pointed to the sign down the block and we finally checked in.Our hotel was just right. It wasn’t anything special but it was so clean that we didn’t mind the two exact towels provi...Read More
Josef Sudek's house Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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We woke up fairly early the next morning even though we’ve only had a few hours of sleep. It was our first full day in Prague and we wanted to hit a lot of the spots on our list. Our hotel is right next to a highway but we were surprised we didn’t hear the cars driving by throughout the night.We bought coffee at the Illy shop in front of the tram stop and decided that we have to head towards the Prague Castle in order to eat a decent breakfast because most of the restaurants in our area were still closed.Up on one of the hills towards the Castle, we stopped by Restaurant V Podhradí for ham and eggs as well as an omelet with our second cup of coffee. It started to rain and continued...Read More

Day 3: Czeching Out

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What time is it? Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The sun was out our last day in Prague. We took the tram to Old Town and walked a bit to get to the square. The tourists were already gathered in front of the astronomical clock so we joined them and sat at one of the outdoor chairs of U Orloje for morning coffee. We just missed the 11:00am strike so we decided to walk around the neighborhood and catch the clock "show" later. We found Odkolek Bakery on Rytirska street where we bought a couple of turnover pastries to eat. The Havel market was already set up. We walked around and checked out the souvenirs and fresh produce for sale. We hurried back to the square just in time for the clock to strike the hour. The skeleton to the r...Read More

A Lesson: What to Eat in Prague

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I can't be a vegetarian Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Czech Republic is landlocked right at the heart of continental Europe. It is surrounded by Austria, Germany, and Poland which is why the traditional food consists of a lot of meat and thick sauces. The most common meat is vepřové, or pork, and it is always served with knedlíky, or what they call dumplings, to soak up the gravy. All dishes almost always come with zelí or sauerkraut.Meats are often roasted or baked. We were lucky enough to enjoy a plate of rožněné selátko, or grilled piglet. Thankfully, it came with a serving of vegetable salad. When we were hungry—which was more often than you can ever imagine—we ordered the combo plate of por...Read More

A lesson: What to drink in Prague

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Czech beer at the Two Cats Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Now all that food needs to go down and if the Czechs are known for anything, it’s the way they appreciate their pivo, their beer. Pilsner, the most famous Czech beer, originated in Bohemia, a region in central Europe which occupies the western and middle thirds of Czech Republic. Pilsner was first brewed in a town called Plzeň and the same brewery that developed it still makes Plzňské or what we know as Pilsner Urquell.Each pub is supplied by only one brewery, or pivovar, but different types are usually available. No Czech beer lover ever drinks it canned as it is usually made for export. (Something I learned in Ireland and their Guinness.) Together with Plzňské from Plz...Read More