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Thursday, 28 October 2010
St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral

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Saint Vitus’ Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country.

~ from wikipedia.

The relics of St Wenceslas are kept in a chapel inside the Cathedral.

Posted by bigblue on 28/10/2010 at 08:48 AM
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Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Three lies

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I note that this shop uses three words to describe its product that do not describe the product: crystal, magic & photo.

Posted by bigblue on 27/10/2010 at 08:43 AM
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Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Sunset in Old Town Square

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I like the way the little gold balls appear to hang over the spires in Prague, like celestial objects.

Posted by bigblue on 26/10/2010 at 08:37 AM
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Monday, 25 October 2010
Matryoshka

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Am I the only one thinking they would do better to make a doll with legends rather than the current team? For one thing they wouldn’t have to keep it as up to date (unless they keep the faces the same and just change the names).

They also seem to have Matryoshka’s for all types of characters/themes.
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Posted by bigblue on 25/10/2010 at 08:29 AM
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Sunday, 24 October 2010
Street Cleaning

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For me, its cleanliness contributes to making Prague one of the most pleasant cities to visit. A few years ago the city put up the price of dog licences in order to cover the cost of excrement removal.

Posted by bigblue on 24/10/2010 at 05:21 PM
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Saturday, 02 October 2010
Praha Hrad

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Today was the fifth day of my trip to Prague and we visited the castle (hrad), seen here on the hill looking down over the river and Charles Bridge (Karlov Most). I think I have those spellings right, except that I am missing various diacritics/accents. We also did a lot of walking.

Posted by bigblue on 02/10/2010 at 09:57 PM
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Friday, 28 May 2010
Prague cobbles

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I noticed some different designs of cobbles in Prague last week.

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Cobbles are an interesting subject, but (at the time of posting) the wikipedia article on Cobbles is dire, with rather random information about cobbles in various US cities. It seems it used to be worse. The word detective commented:

I have, on occasion, made a few snide jokes about the accuracy (or lack thereof) of the do-it-yourself online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Many parts of Wikipedia, as the curate said of the egg, are quite good. But every so often I come across a real clunker. When Wikipedia announces that “cobblestones” are so called because they are “cobbled (roughly assembled)” to form pavement, they stumble and land face down in the street. The verb “to cobble,” meaning “to join or mend clumsily” (source of the derivative noun “cobbler,” one who repairs shoes or makes simple repairs) has no connection to “cobblestone.” See me after class, Wikipedia.

“Cobblestone” is derived from the very old English word “cob,” which had a wide range of meanings, one of which was “rounded lump” with overtones of large size. The “cob” in “corn-cob” invokes a slightly different sense of “cob,” that of “top” or “head” (which, in some people, is also a large rounded lump, but I digress). “Cobweb,” since you were about to ask, has nothing to do with “cob,” and comes from the Middle English “coppe,” meaning “spider.”

“Cobble,” which appeared in the 15th century, simply added the diminutive suffix “le” to “cob,” and meant a small stone rounded by the flow of water, essentially a large pebble. It was these smooth “cobbles,” gathered from stream beds, that paved the first “cobblestone” streets.

Posted by bigblue on 28/05/2010 at 08:56 AM
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Thursday, 27 May 2010
Under Prague

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Prague has one of the deepest metros (underground rail systems) that I have been on. According to Prague Czech Travel:

In 1968 the Russian communist came to Prague with guns and tanks blazing. They are not credited with doing much good in Prague. But there is one thing that they did really well and that is the Prague metro.

... there are 3 metro lines. They criss cross the city and touch on almost every section. You can just about anywhere in the city via metro. The three lines interchange near the center of Prague, forming a kind of metro ring road around the center.

Besides walking the second best form of travel within the city is the metro. It is fast, reliable and safe. Besides the peak hours in the morning with people going to work and in the early evening, people going home, the metro is not crowded.

At the time of construction the communists were worried that Prague might be targeted by the West as a great place to drop a nuclear bomb. So they created the metro deep underground to doubly serve as a nuclear bomb shelter.

The escalator pictured here also moves very fast.

Posted by bigblue on 27/05/2010 at 08:32 AM
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