Five Prague Festivals for Fall

The fall is arguably the nicest time to visit the Czech capital, as the hordes of tourists have long gone home and the sweltering heat's given way to crisp, sunny days. Culturally speaking, too, there's a flourish of festivals and special events that round out the season, from music to art to fashion and wine, so the Golden City truly has something to offer everyone at this time of year. Here's a ... Read Full Article

Tables With a View in Prague

La Terrassa patio in Prague

One of Prague’s main attractions is the views of the city itself, panoramas of the red roofs, iconic churches, spires, and leafy parks that comprise the Golden City. And the sightseeing doesn’t have to end come dinnertime, as many restaurants and bars across Prague have terraces and gardens with sweeping views of the cityscape. While soaking in the storied surroundings, one can also delve into the ... Read Full Article

EuropeUpClose Picks for Best Cities in Europe for Canoodling

Rome at Night

Looking for romantic Europe?   From the cozy canals of Venice, to sophisticated Paris, to mysterious Valencia, Spain, Europe offers romance around every corner. You can find romance anywhere, but these cities are our favorites for finding that special spot for canoodling. Venice, Italy The city of quiet canals and music is our choice for the best city in Europe for canoodling. What is more ... Read Full Article

Prague: Central Europe’s Crown Jewel Destination

“Prague never lets you go. . .  this dear little mother has sharp claws”. So wrote Franz Kafka, the Czech Republic’s favorite writing son. And he was right. Within a few hours of arriving in Prague you’ll realize why this ancient Czech city is called the jewel in the crown of central Europe. Prague’s crown jewels include a historic bridge with tall sculptures of saints lining its sides; ... Read Full Article

Prague’s Hotel a Residence U Tri Bubnu; A Great Value

  While visiting Prague we stayed at the Hotel a Residence U Tri Bubnu, a charming hotel in a 14th Century building in the city center and just around the corner from Old Town Square. The building is, in fact, on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, as part of Prague’s Historic Centre. And in the house just across from the hotel is the former residence of Franz Kafka. The hotel itself has so ... Read Full Article

Enjoying Czech Cuisine and More in Prague

Braised meats and stews are popular in the Czech diet

Czech cuisine includes a comforting array of braised meats and stews, hearty dumplings, and cabbage. In fact, the Czech diet is heavily meat-centric, which can be challenging to the vegetarian traveler. Pork and beef, for instance, are greatly represented on Czech menus. Pork can be served numerous ways – from braised varieties in thick gravies, to goulash, to massive roasted knuckles and ... Read Full Article

Savoring Czech Beer

  For over forty years, Czechoslovakia was all but inaccessible for westerners. As Soviet influence enveloped neighboring countries, local delicacies and tastes were, to a degree, lost or forgotten by those outside their borders. Thankfully, over the past twenty years, as Eastern Europe has opened back up and welcomed visitors from around the world, we can enjoy the best the Czechs have to ... Read Full Article

Christmas Markets in Prague

  If you're looking to combine your souvenir shopping with your Christmas gift search, save yourself the stress and exhaustion, and make your way to one of Europe's Christmas markets. Keep warm and jolly with delicious food and drink as you enjoy the easiest shopping experience ever in Prague! By now, the svarak (hot mulled wine) vendors have set up their carts all across town, offering ... Read Full Article

An Eye on Czech Culture: Filmmakers of the Czech Republic

Prague  is quite a city—ancient and spire-filled, cobblestones and beer gardens, bridges and marionette theatres. But probably one of the best ways to get in touch with the fabric of the Czech people, and as preparation for your trip to the Czech Republic, is to watch a few films by some of the greatest filmmakers of this nation. Czech filmmakers, just like Czech musicians, writers and ... Read Full Article

Chateau Mcely: The Czech Republic’s Green Castle in the Forest

Fairy tale and magical lore abound at this "Green Castle" located in famous St.Georges Forest in the Czech Republic. From 1869 forward, it was the private rural manor of the Thurn-Taxis royal aristocratic family of Germany. What's most exciting about Chateau Mcely Spa and Forest Retreat is that it's the Czech's first 5 Star Green/Eco hotel and only the second Eco hotel in the entire European ... Read Full Article