Sunday, August 30, 2009

Prague, Steeple-y

The most magnificent experience in Prague is seeing the entire city spread out in front of you like a distended porcupine. From a hill in the Hradcany district, Kafka's city has more steeples than you can count, and a boat ride along the River Vlatava made me feel even smaller. This ancient, wondrous city is the coy little girl of cities, and easily competes with the grand European cities of big man Rome and chic feminine Paris.

Prague is Beer

Urquel Beer, to be exact. Paired with spicy-hearty, sour-tasty Czech food (which I thought was delicious), the beer was stunning stuff. The food came in second place, but still deserves pictures here all on their own!

Sausages and Sauerkraut

Goulash
Schnitzel!
Pork Knuckles
Dumplings
No pictures of breakfast food, but you'll understand why it has to be one of the world's most uninteresting - fruits and vegetables, and some bread if your stomach has space.

Prague is a Live Radio

I don't think I've ever been to a place where live music was heard everywhere, and I don't mean of the karaoke kind. There was a musician or a group of musicians every few meters, and they were really, really good. My wobbly hand was able to take a few videos of jazz musicians on the Charles Bridge:


A faraway shot of musicians playing traditional music in front of the gates of Prague Castle:



And here are snippets of a mini-concert we attended at St. Vitus Cathedral inside Prague Castle:

Prague is Disneyland

L and I were fortunate enough to travel to Prague with our fabulous friend CC two weeks ago. It was the height of summer and tourists (us included) invaded like the Austro-Hungarian Army. There was so much to see, and despite our best efforts walking non-stop under the hot sun for a good part of three days, there were many sights we had to skip.

Nonetheless, we were able to see many of the famous whimsical and dreamy castles, churches and monuments that make Prague ethereal-like, as I hope my amateur pictures sort of show:


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ghent Festival

RT and SW were persuasive enough to get us off the couch two Sundays ago. To help wean us off marathon screenings of "True Blood," they took us to a music festival in Ghent, Belgium. It worked - the Belgians were happy, drunk, loud and profoundly entertaining.


Who can blame the Belgians when you feast on ham and Belgian beer all day long?


Saturday, August 1, 2009

What We've Been Up To

My silence on the blogosphere finally ends - the project that L and I have been assisting with has finally ended, and hopefully, something good will come out of it. You can read about it here and here. You can also listen to a news report here. There's also a video: