Posts Categorized: Travel

Underground and unappreciated

Czech Position Prague’s metros offer superb public art – if you pause to have a look Rushing through them daily, most people barely look up, much less pause to admire their surroundings in the Prague metro system. But sitting in plain view are some priceless works of art from the oft overlooked ‘70s and ‘80s…. Read more »

Prague Towers Offer More Than Just Views

The New York Times Prague has many nicknames, one of which are the City of 100 Spires and the Golden City. Experience both at a new exhibition on alchemy in the Malostranska Bridge Tower on the Lesser Town side of Charles Bridge. Not only will you learn more about the golden period of alchemy and… Read more »

Petrín Tower celebrates 120 years of city watching

Czech Position The Czech capital’s answer to the Eiffel Tower, Petrínská rozhledna was completed in time for the Prague Jubilee of 1891 Officially known as the Petrínská rozhledna, the little “Eiffel Tower” on Prague’s scenic Petrín Hill has become a defining landmark of the Malá Strana skyline. Rising up through the greenery of the surrounding park,… Read more »

Prague’s Historic Golden Lane Reopens

The New York Times Last May, the most picturesque part of Prague Castle, Golden Lane, closed for one year, because of broken pipes that were flooding its pretty cottages. On June 1, the street reopened, and some of its historic buildings are housing new, artistic offerings. When the decision was made to repair the drainage… Read more »

Prague Debuts New Map for Gay Travelers

The New York Times Gay travel has been an expanding niche of the industry for years. Prague is now taking their attempts to attract gay and lesbian tourists with a new map of the city. The map looks like your basic tourist map: the city center is marked with the most important sights, complete with… Read more »

In Prague’s Museums, Stylish Cafes Abound

The New York Times Interested in discovering the interiors of Prague’s beautiful buildings — for free? Many of the city’s museums are located in historic buildings, built during grander times. You may or may not be a museum person, but you can sit in their splendor, sipping a drink in their cafes. Built in the… Read more »

Christmas Markets 2010 Celebrate the season with friends, and perhaps get some shopping in at three area Christmas markets. Besides Prague; Vienna and Dresden offer nearby opportunities to experience some Christmas cheer, along with some fun holiday food. If you are in it for the shopping, go early; for the atmosphere, wait till the sun goes down,… Read more »

Czech Republic: The wine towns of Valtice and Lednice The Czech Republic is way more than just Prague. Unfortunately, few people venture out into the lovely countryside, spending their holiday just in the city, or perhaps popping out to a nearby castle. To truly experience the country, (or any country) you must leave the “big” city and explore the smaller towns and the… Read more »

Turned out in Barcelona

Fast Lane Garish, gargantuan, Gaudi and graffiti: Barcelona is a city of art ‘for the people’ Mention Barcelona, and you’ll often get a sigh in reply: “Ah, Barcelona.” Why does this Spanish city have such an effect on people? Is it the sea, the food, the people? What about the art? “Barcelona is an outdoor… Read more »