Czech – Prague

Travel Photo Thursday — September 13, 2012 — Another View from Prague’s Old Town Square

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Czech - Prague, Featured, Travel Photo Thursday | 31 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. I have no idea where the last two weeks have gone. How can today be last day of week two of the semester? December will be here before I know it, and it’s back to Chiang Mai this winter. However, for today it’s back to Prague, and another favorite photo from this past summer.

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The top of the clock tower in Prague’s Old Town Square has to be the best location in Prague for taking photos. You just can’t take to many! In this shot I have focused on Prague’s imposing Saint Nicholas Church. The surrounding red/orange roofs really make it pop. 

 

Prague From the Clock Tower --St. Nicolas Church

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A Salty Tourist Attraction in Czech’s Karlovy Vary

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Czech - Prague, Karlovy Vary | 9 comments

On my list of “Must Dos” when I’m traveling  hitting the local spa is right up there on the list with museums and eating local food. When I kept seeing and reading the advertisements for the salt caves in Karlovy Vary I just new I had to find more about them, and probably give it a go.

We stumbled into the Morova Bath House with Pool and Salt Cave after seeing their advertisement on one of the many boards in downtown Karlovy Vary. The lady on the desk didn’t speak a lot of English, but enough to give us the gist of what  the cave was all about, and her friendliness eclipsed any language barriers. She was happy to show us the caves, and after the tour we were eager to try them out.

Preparing to enter the cave is very easy. Blue plastic booties go over your shoes/sandals, and a blanket is provided in case the cave gets a bit chilly. That’s it. Once you pay your 110 Koruna (about $6US) you get to sit in a comfy reclining chair for 45 minutes and let the salt do its magic.

in Karlovy Vary, Czech

Enjoying the Morova Salt Cave in Karlovy Vary, Czech.

You might be thinking, okay, looks relaxing, but what does the salt cave actually DO. Well, according to Morova’s website, it can help heal a plethora of ailments; everything from asthma to fatigue.

An extensive list is provided on their website.

After reading the list you might think…I’m catching the next flight to Czech! OR Where’s the proof that it works? I can’t say whether the claims made are true or not. What I can tell you is that I felt a lot more energetic after my 45 minutes in the cave. Now, was that because of the 45 minutes of relaxation or the salt ions? My friend was suffering from a bad cold, which had gone into her chest. She said her chest felt better after the treatment.

You might be thinking that this looks a bit boring…45 minutes sitting in a cave on your duff. Well, if you share the cave with someone, as I did, you can chat away the time. If you are alone, take the time to meditate, read, sleep, plan your next cave visit, or you can….

Watch the fish go by.

Watching the fish go by…

Have you ever visited a salt cave? Would you?

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This is my 8th post in my personal challenge “A post every second day in August.” If you missed my previous post…Chiang Mai Attractions and Food.

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Looking for a good Czech guide book? I highly recommend…(Primarily Prague, but does include an out of town section.)

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Five Budget Friendly Prague Attractions

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Czech - Prague, Destinations, Travel Tips Tuesday | 12 comments

From museums and churches, and everything in between, most of Prague’s attractions charge an admission fee of varying amounts. Here are five attractions that you can enjoy for free or a very reasonable entrance fee.

1. Take a stroll over Prague’s infamous Charles Bridge. The photo opportunities are endless, and it is a lovely way to wile away a couple of hours any time of the day or night. No need to worry about cars, as it’s a pedestrian only bridge, and there’s no charge to cross.

A view of  the Mala Strana from the Charles Bridge…

 

View of Prague's Mala Strana

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You can stop as you stroll over the bridge, and rub the gold figures at the base of the statue for good luck. People line up…

 

Rubbing the Gold Figures for Luck...Charles Bridge, Prague

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2. Watch an artist at work on the way to Prague Castle.

 

Prague Artist at Work

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3. Catch the Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle at noon hour. There is no lack of pomp and ceremony, and the music to go with it. Arrive 10 -15 minutes early if you want to get a spot to capture some great photos. The noon hour change takes about 30 minutes and it’s FREE!

 

Changing of the Guard, Prague Castle

 

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4. Visit some of the private galleries in the old town. It’s free to browse and you’ll be treated to works of art that are museum quality, and museum prices. You probably won’t be walking home with a painting, but wonderful to browse!

 

Private Art Gallery in Prague's Old Town

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5. Climb a tower, and be mesmerized by the magical Prague views. My favorite is the Old Town Tower in the Old Town Square. For only 105 Czech Krona (approx. $5.50) you can go to the top and gaze out for as long as you like. The viewing area is quite narrow and it does get crowded. The doors open at 9am and if you go first thing you might have twenty or thirty minutes to view and take photos all by yourself. After 9:30am the crowds begin streaming to the top.

 

Prague's Old Town from the Old Town Tower

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Prague Roof Tops from the Old Town Tower

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Worth noting…

Prague is often over flowing with people. If you want to avoid some of the crowds, get an early start. Most attractions don’t open until 10am, but some do. The Old Town Tower opens at 9:00am, along with the Prague Castle. I found the hour between 9am and 10am one of the best for taking photos without crowds of people in front of where I was aiming my lens.

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This is my third post in my personal challenge this month “A post every second day in August”. If you missed the second post, you’ll find it here… Capture the Color

This post is also being shared at Travel Tips Tuesday, co-hosted by Suitcases and Sippy Cups and Walking on Travels.

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Travel Photo Thursday — August 2nd, 2012 — An Iconic Prague Attraction

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Czech - Prague, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. I can’t believe it’s August 2nd, and I’ve been back in the heat of Korea for exactly two weeks. I have to admit this heat has me moving slow, very slow. I’m staying with Prague for this weeks photo, as I remember how the temps barely rose about 20 the entire time I was there!

Prague’s, “Our Lady of Tyn Church”, located in Prague’s Old Town Square, is my photo this week. Built in the 14th Century, the church is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, and I was always amazed at how its black steeples often seemed to pop up out of nowhere. I took this shot from the Old Town Tower, located directly across the square. Here’s a link for those who want to learn more; Our Lady of Tyn Church .

In case you missed last week’s Travel Photo Thursday here’s the link … Beating the Heat in Budapest.

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Our Lady of Tyn Church…an iconic Prague attraction.

Our Lady of Tyn Church, Old Town Square, Prague

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This month, beginning today, August 2nd, I am challenging myself to publish a blog post every second day. I am asking anyone who want to join me, please do. At last count 4 people have taken up the challenge. I’ll be following their posts as the month unfolds, and sharing them on BTS’s Facebook page. If you want to join the challenge, leave a message at the BTS Facebook page, and I’ll be sure to follow and share your posts too.

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Through the Sandbox Lens #45 — Prague’s Newest Hotel Destination

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Czech - Prague, Prague Sandbox, Through the Sandbox Lens | 1 comment

…The body cage…especially made for bad tourists! 🙂

You’ll find this in Golden Lane at Prague Castle. Can you imagine this as your hotel room for the night, especially if you were strapped in “the skeleton”?

Prague's Newest Hotel Destination

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For those of you who missed Through the Sandbox Lens #44.

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