There are areas where "street food" vendors are lined up, cooking - frying up goulash, sausages, potato chips, pastries, mulled wine and more. Located on various streets near Old Town Prague and Wenceslas Square. I wish I could give you the exact area we were at but I did not take notice. There were tall tables you could stand at to eat but no chairs.
Do not miss gleaming and intricate ornamental ironwork, particularly on the doors. Many of them also have beautiful medieval looking figural knockers.
You will see how an overall pattern adds to the architecture of each building. The closer you get more detailed and personal the door becomes.
There are lots of musicians on the streets; some of them are really good (nowadays these artists go by the name of buskers). They offer nice cultural touch to favorite tourist spots and bring life to wonderful city of Prague.
You also will see lots of mimes, whose stories and feelings are expressed by movement of the body, and 'human statue' street performers.
You can always stop for a quick photo for a modest fee.
Historically, Prague has seen troubadours and other performers animate its streets since the middle Ages. Nowadays there are lots of regulations and restrictions:
• Performances shall be live
• busking shall be performed by no more than four persons
• busking shall be carried on between 10:00 and 21:00
• one busker shall perform publicly in one place for no longer than two hours at a time
• a busker shall not place any material items (stages, platforms, etc…) in the public space
• the sale of portable media with the busker’s own work shall only be carried out without the placement of sales equipment
• access to neighboring buildings shall not be obstructed etc, etc, etc!
At least a permit in order to perform in the streets is now not required.
Every time in Prague I've seen a great jazz band on the same spot of Karl Bridge.
Back when I went there at that time I did not know that all musicians have to pay CZK 210 per day per square meter of occupied space. I would have been more generous in voluntary donations :).
You will see many different vendors, painters and other artists on Karl Bridge. It is highly commercialized area: to sell or exhibit artworks on Charles Bridge, the applicant must get approval from the committee and pay CZK 350 per day per square meter of the public space occupied. In addition, the users of sales space have to pay CZK 500 per three months.
All sells on Charles Bridge is organized by the Charles Bridge Artists Association.
You will witness a lot of cultural events in Prague. Classic music street concerts, Baroque dancers and jazz bands performances. Lots of events are benefit concerts to raise money to repair some old Prague buildings.
The street performance, even if it is to attract customers to a local shops, breaks the monotony and entertain passersby, especially tourists. These three costumed characters, in Celetna street, attracted by their appearance, and one of them dressed in black, entertained the passers by unexpected but charming raid.....
I already have experience with feeding swans, which are not very pleasant. Swan look lovely and innocent but when it comes to food or defense of its own territory, can be very aggressive and even brutal. When it comes to fighting swan beak is devastating and even lethal weapons. Except for attacking ducks or other weaker swans, less hungry and anxious swan can attack even man.........
Anywhere in the world it's look weird...
First time we've seen this "Sign of undying love" in the mostly romantic city in the world - Paris.
Now Prague is full of these 'messages of eternal love' too.
Looks like the custom of 'locking a padlock and throwing away the key" start to be epidemic. Our guess is that the locks manufactories are standing behind this :).
You will see tonns of pad locks on the bridges around Kampa Island in Mala Strana (Lesser Town) district ...
In Prague you probably will wonder who is this little cute mole, which you meet in every souvenir shop?
It's famous Czech cartoon character Little Mole (Krtek or Krteèek).
Little Mole first appeared in a cartoon in 1956. Over the course of 40 years more than 50 animated films have appeared with Little Mole in the leading role.
I still remember all Little Mole cartoons from seventies. My favorite one was 'How the Mole Got His Trousers”, with the pockets :). But I never knew that this cartoon was a winner of the main Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival.
On 16th May 2011 Little Mole even went into space as a crew member of the space shuttle Endeavour. The popular figure was taken on board the shuttle by the American astronaut Andrew Feustel.
There is a souvenir shop dedicated to Krtek, which does ship Krtek the Little Mole worldwide. You can find it on Face Book.
Trdelnik Rolled Pastries: these sugar-sprinkled cylindrical pastries are baked before your eyes and sold fresh all over Prague. They are fluffy, hot and teasty. Trdelnik is made by wrapping dough around a wooden or metal stick and roasting it over an open flame until it is golden brown and fully cooked. It sold hot with a dusting of cinnamon, sugar, and nuts. Price is about US 2.00/each.
The vendors often sell from open stalls along the street or in squares. You'll find them in Old Town, Mala Strana, near Prague Castle and elsewhere.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Then it's for you.
Prague's Christmas markets are located around the city but the most famous and attractive is at Old Town Square.
The Christmas markets in Prague run through the month of December. They feature carriage rides, traditional Christmas Trees, seasonal Czech foods, and traditional Czech gifts and decorations.
You'll walk along the rows of wooden stalls, dressed in their holiday best, as the scents of the season (think mulled wine and hot pastries) fill the air. At night, the square lights up with the glow of thousands of lights bedecking trees and figures of angels. Also enjoy nativity scenes and a potential visit from Mikulas, the Czech Santa Claus early in the month. A lineup of events, such as open-air chorale performances, rounds out the Christmas market's list of sugarplum delights for visitors. Enjoy .... :)
You will see an image of this fellow all over the Prague and Czech Republic. It won’t be an overstatement to say that he is a national hero. He is the subject of films, plays, an opera, a musical, comic books, and statue and even the theme of restaurants.
The Good Soldier Švejk has become the Czech national personification and it's well-earned. He is 'The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War' novel's hero and in civilian life a dealer of stolen dogs.
This character splendidly described in Wiki: 'through possibly-feigned idiocy or incompetence he repeatedly manages to frustrate military authority and expose its stupidity in a form of passive resistance: the reader is left unclear, however, as to whether Švejk is genuinely incompetent or acting quite deliberately with dumb insolence.'
You have to read Jaroslav Hašek's novel to appreciate it! It is the most translated novel of Czech literature (58 languages) and really great reading!
As I wandered around the old town square, I passed by many medevial building's with very unusual names.
It turned out the house names were chosen by the owner to describe what type of business was being run by the house. This wasn't always the case though, as I found the "house of the three roses" is believed to be named such, as three girls lived there. What I thought was "funny" was the way they were named eg: At the Black Sun not just the Black Sun.
There are heaps, all starting with "AT THE...........
Blue Deer, Blue Pike, Blue Star ,Comb, French Crown, Goats, Golden Angel, Golden Elephant, Golden Hay, Black Serpent, (Huge) Whale, Leather Hill, Little Horse, Mirror, Prison of St. John Red Eagle, Red Lamb, Stone Mermaid, Three Angels ,Three Fiddles, Three Red Hearts, Three Red Lion Heads, White Angel, White Peacock and at the White Turnip to name a few! There are many, many more!
I must admit, I find these names an interesting part of the house. Evidently, homes and businesses had these descriptive names as people in the Middle Ages largely couldn't read, so it was an effective way to share addresses. Quite a few have rod iron signs hanging above the door with icons depicting what they do, like a Whale for a Whaler, mug of Beer for an Inn and so on!
Leon is the heraldry National symbol of the Czech Republic.
The lion is the symbol of Bohemia and signifies power and sovereignty. Today the Czech lion by itself is also used as a symbol of the Czech Republic.
You can see this one near the entrans to the Prague Castle.
If you are a non-EU citizen marrying a Czech national, an EU citizen marrying a Czech national or two non-Czech persons marrying one another, you will need the form “A Questionnaire for Entering into Marriage” (see the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic website), The Protocol on Contracting the Marriage form, to be filled in by the appropriate registrar together with you and your fiance or just one of you, as well as some more documents:
- A birth certificate.
- A passport.
- A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage certifying your capacity to marry and certifying that no legal impediment exists. Depending on your nationality you may be able to make a sworn statement at your country's embassy.
- If the bride or the groom has been widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse, or a notarized copy of this certificate must be presented.
- If the bride or the groom is divorced, the divorce certificate, or a notarized copy, must be presented.
- Any necessary religious documents.
- For non-EU citizens who plan to reside in the Czech Republic, a certificate issued, that you may legally stay in the Czech Republic.
All documents must be legalized by an apostille.
Keep in mind that you can not be married in a Catholic church if you are divorced.
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