Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Ordinary



A tram goes past on Na Porici

In response to Frances and others yesterday - yes, I do rather tend towards recording the pretty bits - in the blog anyway.
I didn't go into shops much at all - since I was only there for a week. The one supermarket was rather like supermarkets anywhere. Gift shops ditto. I did not buy any Kafka t-shirts...
There were very few beggars and none of the gipsies I was warned about.
Most people dressed 'down' - none of the chicness of Vienna or Florence.

Herewith some of the ordinary-ish photos...


Restoration of an old building. Me trailing behind rest of family...


Splendid man-hole (person hole?) cover


and another.



Men at work...


More men at work with the man on the right making suggestions...


Up on the roof - a bit alarming.


Prague politician, Dan Hodek, who, so far as I can gather, is running for office since his picture is everywhere. RFS - of Czech heritage.


Ugly graffiti 


More ugly graffiti


 a concert I did not attend.


Dull rural railway station.


Wig shop.


My least favorite flower shop.


Laundry with artifacts from the olden days...


and an awful warning.







Saturday, October 11, 2014

Statues, Shop Windows and Doors through a Lens


More Prague - and since I have Hipstamatic on my phone herewith some pictures of:


King Charles right by the Charles Bridge


a statue adorning the bridge - rather a nice clean one - some are very black indeed.


Near the astrological clock on the main square


and just over the Charles Bridge shot from Krusta - the delicious pastry shop from yesterday's post.


Art deco indeed.


Another door - caryatid and mysterious people.


The clerk in the Kafka bookshop.


A shop window with a very old television, reflections and a little antelope skull...


here reflections and old toys...


here glasses and assorted bric-a-brac.




Six swans under the Charles Bridge.

For a post on my other blog about the Czech National Gallery go to elizabethwix.com





Friday, October 10, 2014

Czech Food and Drink


Angry Parsnip asked yesterday about Czech food.
And yes, it's wonderful and we ate lots and lots of it. Probably too much.
But I'll start off with the drinks...


Well, there's beer - lots of it and very good indeed according to the beer drinking part of my family. There is a Beer Museum - really a bar - where you can have a tasting menu of five or ten types brought to you in a wooden glass container. (Guess which is my drink!)


You can go to the Yellow Tiger where Bill Clinton drank with Vaclev Havel


and admire the decor unchanged for years and years (note wonderful beer brawl print.)


You can have swanky drinks  - I had a Bellini - at Hotel Pariz


or coffee severed with water and a tiny candy


and glorious cakes


elegantly served.



Here is a pig's kuckle waiting to be devoured


and pork ribs and potato pancakes and mashed potato and breaded cauliflower. You could do OK as a vegetarian here but meat-eaters will do better, I think.


This is a meal that defeated us - potato dumplings, bread dumplings, duck, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pork and ham all on one place.....wonderful stuff but we could have shared with each other...
After that we had to have a night off and ate Italian...



An inviting look into a charming rustic restaurant.


But here is the piece-de-resistance -trdlo - dough cooked over open coals wrapped round metal poles. Rolled in sugar and cinnamon and nuts and eaten as you walk along...
My daughter's idea of heaven.


Though I love food, I'm not really obsessed with it, so apologize for  the ho-hum photos. 










Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Prague Windows


No defenestrations here...
just the charm of a foreign city.


All these photos were taken in the old part of town.


This one at the Castle.


Up at the castle also. You can see the cathedral reflected above the charming lace.


In the pink


billowing


cheery


more pink


a bit gloomy for a flower shop...


more lace


I love street signs in foreign places.