Monday, November 12, 2012

NOVE MESTO part 2



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This week we are in the second part of Nove Mesto. The first flat that I lived in when I came to Prague was in Naplavni street and was a great place to start getting to know the Prague night life better and many a Saturday/Sunday morning was spent at the gyros stand on Spalena, not a place you want to be at 4.00/5.00 in the morning. During this time I didn't really have a good look around and I was unaware till much later of the significant history that this area has and now of course when I tell people about this are, my favourite subject is the much hated figure of Reinhard Heydrich and the British-trained team of Czech and Slovak soldiers who had been sent by the Czechoslovak government in exile. The assassination attempt was close to Bulovka in Prague 8 on the 27th May and he died from his injuries 12 days later on June 8th. Intelligence falsely linked the assassins to the villages of Lidice and Lezaky. Lidice was razed to the ground; all adult males were executed, and all but a handful of its women and children were deported and killed in Nazi concentration camps.

Heydrich's assailants hid in safe houses, and eventually took refuge in Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, an Orthodox church in Prague. A traitor in the Czech resistance betrayed their location. The church was surrounded by eight hundred members of the SS and Gestapo. Several Czechs were killed, and the remainder hid in the church's crypt. The Germans attempted to flush the men out with gunfire, tear gas, and by flooding the crypt. Eventually an entrance was created with explosives. Rather than surrender, the soldiers took their own lives.

I took the photos one weekend in June and it was when there were celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of this tragic event, when I say tragic I mean to the Czechoslovak country of course, so I thought it appropriate to write about it in this blog. The area itself though, is a hub of activity during the day and really comes alive at night. Even though I tried to limit the number of photos I took and only take photos of nice interesting shops bars and restaurants, I snapped up around 200 just in the second part of this blog and found it very hard to stick to the usual 10 places of interest and 10 bars, so this week I have decided to include 15 of each and still there are a lot of places that should also have been included that I decided to leave out, only for the reason that I knew these places too well and thought that other new interesting places deserved some of the limelight this time, so I apologise now to Nebe and the Red room for not including them in my selection.

Review

I (SVG) was asked to write the review because we went to this restaurant almost half a year ago and I always boast about my amazing memory... Well I think we women generally remember things better, especially promises, and to be more precise, the unfulfilled ones. We also start to forget when we have the first child and our brain is split in two - not sure what happens with more children, I'm scared to think about it. Back to the review - what I think we had as a starter was hommos and a very good soup which I can't find on the menu on the Internet. As a main course,  I had a small selection of vegetarian starters/snacks which wasn't very exciting although I did like everything, especially the hommos and the other mash. David had lamb and, let me quote, it was "very Morrocan and rustic, flavoursome and filling". Good food turns David into a poet, you see.

The restaurant was quiet at the time we were there but I saw its lively side some other evening when there was a concert, generally there is a positive vibe in this place, and what I always pay attention to - clean, nicely decorated toilets and a baby changing table, yay! I would certainly go again and recommend the cuisine to meat-eaters.

 


Klub cestovatelu


Bars and restaurants

Restaurace Ostrovni


Jama steakhouse


Pod kridlem noci

Renomme restaurant


Propaganda restaurant/bar


Kmotra pizzeria


 Groove bar


La casa de Havana vieja bar


cafe Jericho 


U Mateje Kotrby


Suteren restaurant


Il Gattopardo

The Globe bookstore and cafe


Solidni jistota club/bar


Miss Saigon restaurant


Places of interest

Galarie Vltavin



fru fru secondhand fashion

Hot crew haircuts for men

Phono.cz

Q cafe/center
MPM modely

Pstross art supplies
tel 420224931676

Bokovka winebar

Erpet medical centre

Royal clean dry cleaners

Bee supplies

Bobek tattoo

Farah oriental market

Splav boats for hire
Mobile numbers +420 603 383 409
                       +420 732 237 014
Email halamova.l@seznam.cz


Sunday, September 23, 2012

HOLESOVICE part 2




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Hello, and welcome to another post on Prague. Today's entry is a little unique, mainly due to the fact that I haven't written the excerpt and the second fact is that we don't have a review as such because this was the last area that we visited before our son was born and we can't find all the photos. We seem to have lost them somewhere so we hope to add a review plus a few more interesting places soonish.

The post in this part of our journey has been written by my SVG for the reasons that she has a huge love for Letna, she has lived the Letna live since coming to Prague and our son was conceived in Letna, so she deserves to be heard, so enjoy her voice, though not too much as "I will be back", and if you have any suggestions of places to add to this post please let us know, the more obscure the better, so no fraktal suggestions please.

There is a story connected with this part of Holesovice which my dear boyfriend and the author of this blog probably thinks is made up but I have witnesses and even pictures to prove it. In 1980 my dad participated in a spartakiad which was something like a small communistic olympic game for all the countries involved. He took my mum with him so she could see Prague, she was already a few months pregnant with me at that time. They stayed in hotel Belvedere - it is still there and it is in a street where I found my first apartment after moving to Prague from Poland. I didn't know the story then and only after my parents visited me for the first time did they tell me that I spent a few prenatal days right there, and that my mum swayed her belly with me inside enjoying walks in my favourite-to-be park in Letna. To add another funny factor to this story, I told it during my first job interview, and guess what, I got the job!

Another story on the subject 'Letna/destiny/pregnant people/other weird stuff' is that our first date was in Letna's probably most famous expat restaurant Fraktal, that's where David first grabbed my boobie and I thought, 'Oh yeah, he's going to be a father of my child. Who was also conceived in Letna haha.

Review

Thanks to the long weekend we managed to try the delights of Peperoncino in Letna. The restaurant was one that I had passed and thought looked like all of the other Pizzerias in Prague but on the recommendation of a friend we decided to do a review of the food and atmosphere. Beforehand we were advised to make a reservation as it is always very busy and even though we arrived at 14.30 the place was still thriving. The restaurant is non-smoking as nowadays as we have young Samuel in tow, was a welcome sight.
      Another welcome sight was the menu, thankfully no pizzas and there was a lot of seafood which is always something to cheer about in Prague, so I thought that the sternest test would be to try some of the seafood and I would normally go for the seafood but instead I decided on the fresh turbot with a potato with spinach and cream and my sexy vigilant girlfriend (SVG) went not surprisingly for the pasta and had spinach and ricotta ravioli with butter and sage. At this point I feel that I should start with a positive, the feel of the restaurant or the vibe is very cool and the staff are very professional and kind. I was looking forward to a nice chunky piece of turbot from the grill but in fact what I got was plaice, similar fish but a bit like David and Goliath are both humans is the best way to describe it. The fish was cooked well and was fresh though the potatoes were unseasoned but were nicely arranged on the plate as you can see. My SVG enjoyed the pasta which was freshly made but I would guess that it was brought in fresh and made elsewhere, maybe in P1 at their other restaurant. (it was a bit too hard and too salty though and didn't come anywhere near to David's delicious home-made tortellini - SVG) I had a glass of Sicilian red wine with my fish which was light and slightly acidic and reasonably priced and another nice thing was that they gave free water from the tap but served chilled in bottles which are placed on the table.

I would definitely come here again especially when the weather is pleasant and the garden is open, with friends and family on a weekend for lunch or a romantic evening with my SVG for my birthday or just when she wants to remind me how lovely I am, but for my dish, if I have to say if it was value for money then I would have to say no but on the other hand, my SVG would say for sure that her dish was worth the brass. 

 
                                           Peperoncino
                              www.restaurant-peperoncino.cz



Restaurants & cafes

Cafe & milk bar                                       Cross Club
www.kumbal.cz                                       www.crossclub.cz

 
Al Capone's Coffee and Gallery              BoulderBar
Jireckova 15                                         www.boulder.cz


Other places of interest

Home-made dumplings                          Indoor golf

Clothes for cooks                               Riding equipment
www.proficook.cz                             www.danceandjump.cz/praha.html

 
Basketball equipment                                 Party equipment


Thursday, September 13, 2012

NOVE MESTO part 1




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Hello, this week we had a stroll around Nove Mesto, it is the largest of Prague's cadastral districts so we have divided it into 3 parts which we will cover in the following weeks. This week we cover the area along the river from Albertov to Resslova. Starting with Albertov, it was where I went in Nov 17 2009 to follow the students and a wide range of Czech citizenry on the march that students participated in on the same day in 1989 and it was very exciting and the atmosphere was electric especially when we were confronted by a group of neo-Nazis close to the river.

Nove Mesto is also significant to me as it was the first place where I lived when I first came to Prague back in 1999 to start my 1 month TEFL course and an area where I used to hang out and there have been a lot of changes to the area and I have to say for the better, so part of the blog was like a walk down memory lane for me.

One interesting piece of information that my SVG manged to dig out about Nove Mesto was the legend of the St Stephen's bell. During the Hussite war in the 1420's which was also famous for the extensive use of hand held gunpowder weapons which I can only assume means very dangerous guns, well not stating the obvious I mean dangerous for the user, a bell maker made a bell and the bell rang out every time a famous Hussite was executed and when the bell maker was about to be executed for having made the it he put a curse on the bell. Since then the bell has been said to ring out when an appending disaster is about to hit the city, so listen out for the bell if you are in ear's shot of St Stephen's church and also give me a bell on 555 666 999 ;-).

Other places of interest in Nove Mesto and there are a lot, are the botanical gardens, the Charles Hospital and the dock for passenger boats that take people up and down the river. There was a lot of area to cover in Nove Mesto but it was an area which I really enjoyed walking around, well except for Vaclavske Namesti at 7.00am on a Saturday morning with the drunks, pickpockets and hookahs so I hope that you get out there and discover some of the places which are not quite on the usual beaten track in the centre of Prague.



Review

The review this week was done last year so I can't accurately say what was our impression was, though I can only say with all my heart it was not a memorable one which isn't necessarily a bad thing admittedly but I will add a footnote at the end of the blog later in the week if I go back and try the menu for the second time and I am almost certain if i do then I will be trying the noodles, or alternatively i might try somewhere else, well it wasn't my first choice to be fair. It was the suggestion of my SVG who was 8 months pregnant at the time so how could I say no. It was that same thinking that got me into this situation 8 months prior it has to be said, but concerning this decision I have never looked back, well till now not. It might have something to do with the fact that I am awake, again at 4.00am (crying baby) writing this blog entry.

 
The Noodle Bar
                                                       www.noodle.cz



Restaurants & bars


La Galerie
web: www.lagalerie.cz                               
review: www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d2232982-Reviews-LaGALERIE-Prague_Bohemia.html













Starej Vyton
Rašínovo nábreží 34
review: www.lokola.cz/detail/246741/starej-vyton-kavarna-a-cajovna













U Dobre Myslenky
web: www.dobramyslenka.cz
review: www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1093693-Reviews-Bar_Restaurant_U_dobre_myslenky-Prague_Bohemia.html




                                       









Nota Bene
web: www.notabene-restaurant.cz
review: www.praguepost.com/night-and-day/restaurants/13408-review-nota-bene.html



Cafe Andromeda
web: www.cafeandromeda.cz
review: www.locabees.com/company/andromeda-praha/29009



Cafe Rozmar
web: www.cafe-rozmar.cz
The cafe employs people leaving orphanages.


Cafe Terapie
web: www.cafeterapie.cz
review: www.restaurace.cz/praha-2/cafe-terapie.html










Sabak iskabar
web: www.sabak-iskabar.com
review: www.prazskehospody.com/prazskehospody/index.php?option=com_myexcursions&view=theme&Itemid=26&fileid=1108


U Vorare restaurant
web: www.restauraceuvorare.cz
review: www.houser.cz/lifestyle/restaurace/3639-restaurace-u-vorare.htm


Podskalsky sklipek
Rašínovo nábřeží 388/48
Tel.: 224 921 417
review: www.e-bary.cz/podskalsky-sklipek




V Podskali restaurant
web: www.hospudkavpodskali.cz
review: www.restaurace.cz/praha-2/restaurace-v-podskali.html






Other places of interest

Luxette                                         Oversized clothes
www.sexy-kostymky.cz                  www.biggie.cz
 


Shop with scooters
www.motosalone.cz










Sabores
web: www.edelikatesy.cz/shop

Korean Market
Gorazdova
+420 737479224


Proficocky.cz and Parfemy-levne.cz
cheap on-line contact lenses and perfumes
web: www.proficocky.cz


Use it
Info for young people
web: www.use-it.cz


Heaven
Gay centre
web: www.heaven.cz/praha


Barevny Svet
Alternative medicine
web: www.aura-soma.cz


Kadernictví Na Slupi
Hairdresser/winebar/massage
Na slupi 14
+420 224 911 173