Prague Parking

Parking in Prague has become a real problem since the fall of communism, as if this fall made the city similar to other European cities in everything including traffic!

The first and stressed recommendation I hear every time about getting around in Prague is “use the Prague public transportations, don’t drive!”. But at some point you may find yourself with a car stuck in the streets with no plan on how to find a parking space!

Here are some points that, if you take into consideration, could be of some help.

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2 markets in Prague

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The most famous markets in Prague are related to 2 events which are Christmas and Easter. Yet, if you visit the city in a time other than the holidays you should know a bit about the fixed markets there.

There’s a market called Havelske Trziste (Havel’s Market). It is in the Prague center close to the Metro (using lines A and B) so it’s easy to go there. You can go there any day on the weak till 18:00, but you should know that the market starts at different times through the week, so that:

-         From Monday to Friday it starts at 06:00

-         On Saturday it starts at 07:00

-         On Sundays it starts at 08:00

It’s an open-air market, so take care of rainy days!

The other market is the Prazska Trznice (Prague market) which is also close to the Metro (more specifically line C). It is considered as the largest open-air market in the whole city. It consist of a long series of small shops and kiosks selling variable goods such as fruit, vegetables, handcrafts, and much more! You can even find some primary electronic devices their such as radios and portable stereos. Also, you can shop of cheap clothes! It is not considered as a tourists place because of its cheap prices and location outside the center of Prague, but it is a good place to study the locals’ shopping life closely!

CIJ, the new form of Czech press

We all know that Prague used to be a communist country in the past. But when things changed there were many things that needed to be upgraded. For the sake of developing journalism James L. Greenfield, who’s a member of The New York Times editorial board, and Donald M. Wilson, who’s the publisher of Business News – New Jersey, established Independent Journalism Foundation in 1991. They had the vision of introducing a new generation of journalists to the society and to abolish the communism ideology that has been there for a long time.

The Foundation’s first accomplishment was the inauguration of the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) in Prague followed by many other cities.

In Prague, this center offered training sessions for Czech journalists and reporters to develop their skills according to the field of their specialization, like news reporting and electronic media. The classes were in Czech or in English with Czech translation, and they divided into lectures, workshops, field works and discussion groups in order to increase the quality of learning. This quality was proven by the increasing number of young journalists requesting to join the center each year.

This had a great impact on the press in Prague. If you go through the newspapers there you’ll find some skilled journalists with interesting topics.

Czech colours in XX century

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Czech colours

The polychrome windows are one of the last chapters of the book of Czech art history represented by Saint Vitus cathedral. These windows were made by Alfons Mucha, master of liberty style, who become famous designing posters for the Sarah Bernardt’s theatre performances. Started in 1353 and ended in the last century, the cathedral is a trove of masterpieces of the whole Bohemian period.

Charles Bridge, the bridge of triumphs and sorrows

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Prague Charles Bridge

Place of performances and parades, negotiations and recoveries, the Charles Bridge tells the story and the magic atmosphere of the city of Prague.

Prague seasons

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Prague is a really enchanting city because, like few places in the world, this Czech capital can enrich all type of atmosphere: by day, by night, but also with misty weather, in winter when the air is crystal clear, in autumn when it’s rainy or in the hotness of summer times. It is real: Prague is a city for every season. And this is the reason why it’s worth a visit even “out of the season”. In a working day, in a casual month, for a business travel, to make ourselves a present.

Prague hotels

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Prague is a hugely popular tourist venue. Some grand hotels have been restored and new ones have been built. Standard of service and upkeep have been improving, but can still be below the western levels. Yet many hotels have raised their room prices steeply, exploiting the city’s tourist potential. Restaurants however, even smart ones, remain modestly priced and good value, as they cater for local people too. A meal for two with wine may be only a quarter of the cost of a B&B, whereas in France it might be twice the B&B price.

Standards outside Prague can still erratic. But I have been told of very few good hotels in Czech countryside or in the famous Bohemian spas. And where are the farm guest houses pleasant country inns?

Some hotels I have visited have no conception of creating an inviting ambiance, despite possessing an attractive building and having spent money on new facilities. Outside Prague, the general quality of food was very poor, but the service was usually friendly and bathrooms were spotlessly clean. I stayed at a large classic hotel in Karlovy Vary with a romantic garden and elegant bedrooms. But its restaurant had no menu: I was offered”meat, fish pr eggs”. I declined and finally dined at the Embassy hotel restaurant, where outdoors on a tiny bridge over the river I enjoyed pheasant with honey sauce.



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