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Prague on a Wing and a Prayer

Prague on a Wing and a Prayer
Destination(s): Prague

Let’s face it, just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have an unlimited budget. The current prices of intercontinental flights can often mean that getting to your vacation spot has to be your big splurge. Unfortunately, though, most “must-see” European destinations expect every bed, every meal, and every memory to be another “vacation splurge.” Prague, however, is a different sort of city. Possibly related to its communist past is the fact that most Czechs don’t consider that higher prices mean a better time. For them, cheap food and drink (especially beer) is a universal right. In addition, Prague’s most breathtaking sites aren’t massive-yet-stuffy museums with steep ticket prices. The wonder of Prague lies in the city itself. When you wander through its narrow streets lined with stunning buildings you find yourself thinking these must all be exceptional. Visitors often point at a particularly detailed façade and ask, “What’s in there?” Its beauty suggests that it must have some special significance but inside simply live modestly-priced apartments. Additionally, the city’s main tourist sites, like Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and even Prague Castle, are free. Even those that do cost some money, like the Old Jewish Cemetery, utilize a currency worth a fraction of the dollar, making the exchange rate very generous for Americans, especially when compared to the Euro. This guide proves that, when it comes to Prague, you don’t have to miss out to save money. read more about Prague on a Wing and a Prayer... Read More

Arty Moscow

Arty Moscow
Destination(s): Moscow

Moscow, by far the biggest city in Russia, has historically attracted creative types, who draw inspiration from the hustle and bustle, the imposing architecture and often oppressive political regime. Tolstoy, Pushkin and Rodchenko all made Moscow their home, as well as many unheralded dissident artists and writers. Make your trip to Russia unforgettable with this 5-day survey of the past, present and future in the world of Russian art and literature. read more about Arty Moscow... Read More

The Best of Fine Dining in Prague

The Best of Fine Dining in Prague
Destination(s): Prague

Since the fall of Communism, the Czech restaurant industry has made huge strides in the development of a sumptuous food scene. Dining out used to be a rarity but now it’s commonplace, especially in Prague. As new ingredients and cooking styles have been introduced, the people of Prague have embraced them with relish. The restaurants listed here offer the very best quality food, service, and atmosphere in Prague. For this reason, they serve as ideal settings for the most special of occasions, or can even be occasions themselves. If you’re looking for a dining experience as mind-blowing as the city you’re in, these restaurants are sure not to disappoint. read more about The Best of Fine Dining in Prague... Read More

Moscow for Kids

Moscow for Kids
Destination(s): Moscow

Like any major metropolis, Moscow was not designed with kids in mind. This particular concrete jungle features high levels of pollution, bureaucracy and depraved luxury, not family entertainment. However, with a little planning, and a lot of moving around, you can have a kid-friendly trip to Russia’s capital. Keep the young ones happy with this three-day itinerary which stops at museums, the zoo and the famous Moscow Circus! read more about Moscow for Kids... Read More

The Best Places to Stay in Prague

The Best Places to Stay in Prague
Destination(s): Prague

When visiting a city as stunning as Prague, it’s tough to come to terms with sub-par accommodations. Hotels have a hard run as they have to juggle cleanliness, style, service, and location. The most expensive isn’t always the best. Often, you end up disappointed at having blown your budget on an average experience. At the same time, going mid-range or cheap can often be dangerous. This list runs the gamut from upscale hotels to an incredibly cheap hostel and some choices in between, all great bets for a pleasant stay. read more about The Best Places to Stay in Prague... Read More

Copy of Prague Walking Tour

Copy of Prague Walking Tour
Destination(s): Prague

Day 1. Start the Museum end of the square at the statue of the great king, and wander down the famous square checking out the old and new buildings. This isn't the oldest or the most beautiful part of the city, but it is replete with history. Imagine the Soviet tanks overrunning it in 68, or students packed in the square looking up at Havel on the balcony in 89. Wander from Museum (statue) end towards old town square, stopping to have a chlebicky (open faced sandwich) or two along the way to fuel you up for the day. After finishing on the square, find your way to Stavovske Divadlo,or the estates theater, which is where Mozart premiered Don Giovani. Completely renovated and reopened in the early 1990s, the theater is truly a mark of musical history. Check out the schedule to see if there are any programs going on while you are there. Wander down the cobblestone streets to old town square, check in on Jan Hus, the immolated Czech martyr. There are several churches to explore, cafes to sit at, and of course the Old Town hall clock to gather round and watch. When you've had enough of the square it's time to find your way to the old Jewish quarter. This is the subject of an entire tour itself, so the details are not here (see other trips under Prague), but leave a good half a day to finish up at the quarter. End your day having some svickova (creamed beef with dumplings and gravy) at a beer hall. Day 2. Find your way to Charles bridge and venture through the hopefully not quite summer-density crowds. Stop and check out the statues and the views in all directions. When you get to MalaStrana, work your way up the hill to Prague Castle (again a whole tour in itself, noted elsewhere), come back down, and grab a bite at Joe's bar. This is NOT authentic Czech, but a welcome break from the traditional local foods. Then go over to Petrin hill next store, take the funicular to the top and enjoy the views. Come back down and plan to have dinner at the fancy Three Ostriches (make sure you have reservations). It may require a trip back to the hotel to fancy yourself up, but that's up to you.... read more about Copy of Prague Walking Tour... Read More

Summer in the Bolshoi Gorod

Summer in the Bolshoi Gorod
Destination(s): Moscow

Everyone knows that winters in Moscow can be cruel -- they've stopped everyone from Napoleon to Hitler from overtaking the Russian capital. What's less famous are Moscow summers, a welcome treat after many months of cold weather. I personally love summer in Moscow, when the sun goes down at 11pm and rises at 4am, just when you are coming out the the club. here's a two-day guide to enjoying warm weather in Moscow. read more about Summer in the Bolshoi Gorod... Read More

The Best Czech Restaurants in Prague

The Best Czech Restaurants in Prague
Destination(s): Prague

Czech food, heavy and often wanting for spice, can be disappointingly bland if care isn’t taken. However, when done right, the cuisine of the Czech Republic can be not only warming and succulent but also modern and striking. From highbrow traditional to down-home pub, the restaurants listed below represent the best places to go for a true Czech dining experience. read more about The Best Czech Restaurants in Prague... Read More

Prague

Prague
Destination(s): Prague

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My St. Petersburg Guide

My St. Petersburg Guide
Destination(s): St. Petersburg

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