Dining in Prague
Everyone says that Prague is getting expensive but i didn't really think so. I found food and drink, even in the tourist areas, to be really quite reasonable. Of course it was cheaper to eat in the neighborhoods and to some degree you got what you paid for, but overall I found that in Prague you could buy excellent meals with beer for $5-7.
The picture here shows a traditional Czech place. They predominate in the Staro Mesto and by the castle, but you see more restaurants of different sorts as you move away from those areas. These kinds of neighborhood places are quite common throughout Central Europe and we even have some here in Chicago thanks to immigration. Czechs gather in these places for camaraderie, good food, beer, and to meet friends. You should too. Roasted meat. Excellent sausages. Hearty bread.
Prague is packed with historic buildings of various architectural styles. One Charles Bridge Tower is prized as on one of Europes finest Gothic gates, whereas the Charles Bridge sculptures are from the Baroque era. Examples for Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture can be seen at the Old Town Square. Last but not least many Art Nouveau buildings (e.g. Municipal Hall) are located in various streets of the city.
Feel the Burn of Absinthe
The Czech Republic is the only country still producing absinthe, so when you visit it is a must. It isn't the strongest alcohol made (that would be everclear), but it is up there at 70% alchohol by volume. It is an odd green color, but doesn't really taste much. You mainly feel a burn when you swallow. Be sure to have it the traditional way by burning a spoon full of sugar and mixing it in. Have a local show you how.
In some ways this may not be much use but the Czechs are mad about Ice Hockey. When I was there the world ice hockey champs were on and while not a fan we thought we'd splash out £6 for top notch seats to the Latvia/Kazakstan match.
Absolutely fantastic atmosphere with the crowd going crazy on every stoppage and the big screens above the rink flashed people from the crowd ... and beer was 50p a pint.
If Prague's local matches are half this good (and I bet tickets are cheaper still) I'd become a season ticket holder.
Kutna Hoa is a nice little...
Kutna Hoa is a nice little village a hour or so drive out of Prague. Here is where you can see the Bone Church. This church is decorated with the remains of thousands of human bones.
See my Kutna Hora travelogue for more pictures.